Jolly Phonics Course (FULL COURSE)

  • by CSCDC
  • Course level: All Levels

About Course

The Jolly Phonics program is a comprehensive Synthetic Phonics course that provides teachers and all educators, including parents with the knowledge and skills that are needed for teaching children and other beginners how to read and write in English language, quickly and effectively. Jolly Phonics is a multisensory, child-centred and fun approach to teaching children the English alphabetic code in a simple and structured way that is active, fun and suitable for young children so they can quickly become independent readers and writers.


It is well known that a good level of literacy is needed in today’s world. This makes it crucial that all children should learn to read and write in their first few years at school. Literacy is a child’s key to a successful future; without the ability to read, children’s lives are frequently marred.

Before now, teaching children how to read and write was done by teaching them the names of the letters in alphabetical order. Both the teacher and the children did not understand how the reading and writing happen. The children were forced to memorize words as the teachers did not teach them any real skills for reading and writing! As a result of this, many children are left behind, many are struggling and many are not confident, independent readers.

Jolly Phonics is a Synthetic Phonics programme that solves the above problems. It shows the relationship between letter sounds. It starts with teaching each letter sound separately and purely. It then shows how to string the sounds together to make words and how words are pronounced.
Synthetic Phonics breaks the Alphabetical Code and unlocks the door to reading and writing!
Finally, both the teachers and children can see and understand how reading and writing work. Finally, it all makes sense!

Jolly Phonics uses the synthetic phonics method, which means that the letter sounds are taught first, on their own, and children are then taught to blend sounds together to say (‘synthesise’) the word.

The five basic skills for reading and writing taught in the Jolly Phonics are:

  1. Learning the letter sounds
  2. Learning letter formation
  3. Blending
  4. Identifying sounds in words
  5. Spelling the tricky words

Learning the letter sounds

In Jolly Phonics the 42 main sounds of English are taught, not just the alphabet. The sounds are in seven groups. Some sounds are written with two letters, such as ee and or. These are called digraphs. Both oo and th can make two different sounds, as in book and moon, that and three. To distinguish between these two sounds, the digraph is represented in two forms. This is shown below.

Group 1: s, a, t, i, p, n

Group 2: c k, e, h, r, m, d

Group 3: g, o, u, l, f, b

Group 4: ai, j, oa, ie, ee, or

Group 5: z, w, ng, v, oo, oo

Group 6: y, x, ch, sh, th, th

Group 7: qu, ou, oi, ue, er, ar

Story Telling and Actions

Each sound is taught with an action, which helps children remember the letter(s) that represent that sound. For the sound‘s’ for instance, they hear a story about going for a walk and suddenly seeing a snake. They weave their hands, pretending to be that snake, saying sss. In this way, each letter sound is taught with a story and has an action. As a child becomes more confident, the actions are no longer necessary.

Letter Sounds

Children should learn each letter by its sound, not its name. For example, the letter ‘a’ should be called a (as in ant) not ai (as in aim). Similarly, the letter ‘n’ should be n (as in net), not en. This will help in blending.

Letter Names

The names of each letter will be taught later when the children need to know the names of the letters for their literacy journey.

Order of the Letter Sounds

The letters have not been introduced in alphabetical order. The first group (s, a, t, i, p, n) has been chosen as the first group because these sounds make more simple two, three and four-letter words than any other six letters.

The letters ‘b’ and‘d’ are introduced in different groups to avoid confusion for the children.

Alternative Sounds

Sounds that have more than one way of being written are initially taught in one form only. For example, the sound ai (rain) is taught first, and then alternatives a-e (gate) and ay (day) follow later.

Learning letter formation

It is very important that a child holds their pencil in the correct way.
The grip is the same for both left- and right-handed children. The pencil should be held in the ‘tripod’ grip between the thumb and first finger with the third finger serving as a bed to anchor the pencil. If a child’s hold starts incorrectly, it is very difficult to correct later on.

A child needs to form each letter the correct way. The letter c is introduced in the early stages as this forms the basic shape of some other letters, such as d. Particular problems to look out for are:

  • the o (the pencil stroke must be anticlockwise, not clockwise),
  • d (the pencil starts in the middle, not the top),
  • there must be an initial down stroke on letters such as m and n.


Blending is the process of saying the individual sounds in a word and then running them together to make the word. For example, sounding out d-o-g and making dog. It is a technique every child will need to learn, and it improves with practice.

Level: All levels – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.



At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Pronounce the 42 main letter sounds of the English language taught in Jolly Phonics correctly.
  • Write all the letters that represents the sounds accurately.
  • Effectively and easily string and build the sounds together to make words – blending for reading.
  • Identify and recognise the sounds in written words so that the child can read them even without the teacher or any adult providing any help to the child and even if the child has not seen the words ever before!
  • Effectively hear and recognise the sounds in spoken words, segment them and be able to write each sound down correctly for effective writing.
  • Spell the words that are not phonetic effectively. These are called Tricky words.
  • Effectively teach children how to read and write with the Jolly Phonics program, in a fun way, using stories and actions.


Topics for this course

15 Lessons3h 30m

Introduction to Phonics for teaching Children to read and write.

Introduction to Phonics for teaching Children to read and write.00:4:50

Introduction to Jolly Phonics.

Lesson 3: Teaching Method for teaching with Jolly Phonics

Lesson 4: Week One: Teaching letter sounds s, a, t and i.

Lesson 5: Week Two: Teaching letter sounds p, n, c,k and e

Lesson 6: Week 3: Teaching letter sounds h, r, m and d.

Lesson 7: Week 4: Teaching letter sounds g, o, u and l. .

Lesson 8: Week 5: Teaching letter sounds f, b, ai and j.

Lesson 9: Week 6: Teaching of letter sounds oa, ie, ee and or

Lesson 10: Week 7: Teaching of letter sounds z, w, ng and v.

Lesson 11: Week 8: Teaching of letter sounds oo, oo y and X

Lesson 12: Week 9: Teaching of letter sounds ch, sh, th and th.

Lesson 13: Week 10: Teaching of letter sounds qu, ou, oi and ue.

Lesson 14: Week 11: Teaching of letter sounds er and ar.

Lets take a recap of all previous lessons and more


About the instructor


CSCDC Instructor

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The course was really helpful, I learnt new things, it's also gave me corrections to the mistakes I have been making over the years. Thumbs up to Dr Udoji!

I am looking for something simple to understand. However, I found your course was very interesting. I have learned so many new things for the very first time.

Finally, you are given an opportunity to independently practice what you have learned.

The lessons are very helpful and made everything much more simple and easy to understand.

Such an Amazing Course

Thank God I took the course. To me the course was an eye opener to so many things I never knew about.

This course is awesome and really helped me rethink how I teach.

Comprehensive and detailed. This is recommended for those starting out learning Phonics

It was excellent.thank you

I had been teaching phonics for 3 years now, but in an unrefined and unconventional manner. This course just refined my knowledge and expertise. I am so grateful to learn so much and privileged as well. Dr Tina thank you.

This video has brought me back to my school days and those lessons which I have found quite confusing and have completely forgotten. This lesson is very helpful and made everything much more simple and easy to understand. I look forward for more lessons to improve my English!

Very good examples and clear explanation. I liked the concept of shot story and actions. My children love them!

I enjoyed the method that is used in this course. The videos and presentations are professionally produced and that engaged me a lot to continue lesson after lesson.

It is a very complete learning system, it helps me a lot to understand the phonics part of the English language

Amazing, I\'ve learnt sooooo much!

By far, contents which are provided are easy to follow and absorb, practice made available after every topic which is a great part in learning and flow of topics are designed very intelligently so that it makes learning very efficient. If needed you can speedup playback rate to X1.25 which is very comfortable for my ears.

This is a c-o-m-p-r-e-h-e-n-s-i-v-e course! Each section starts with an introduction to the topic, then it guides you through a practice session. A short story puts the concepts together for you. Finally, you are given an opportunity to independently practice what you have learned. The instructor responds quickly to your questions. If you want to have an in depth knowledge of phonics ... this is your course! Sign up today!

Very entertaining! love it and so does my daughter

I needed this course as a reading and phonics reinforcement for my 6-year old son. It moves at exactly the right pace for him. We enjoy the instructor's voice and personality!

The Tutor was very eloquent and explained everything in detail making it easy to understand. I have loved my experience taking this course and gained a lot of knowledge as the course is well taught, I would certainly recommend the course to anyone seeking to learn or improve their English

it's almost like having a teacher

An amazing course for anyone looking to start their Jolly Phonics teaching career. It is clear and informative with examples of real world applications.

I have noticed though that some of the notes made on the recording were spelt incorrectly. Also, the course notes where being referred to, and although noticeable below the video lecture, they do not link to any downloadable PDF's.

Also, the 'materials included' states that a certificate of completion will be awarded, but either the website is difficult to navigate, or there isn't an actual certificate which is strange as CSCDC is not recognized by any authoritative agency. Thus CSCDC can easily give their own certificate? I might be wrong, but I have yet to receive any feedback on my questions from Dr. Tina Udoji or CSCDC directly.

This might be something to consider.

*** Edit: After I had completed the course and could not find a downloadable certificate, I had written to CSCDS asking how I get my certificate. The reply was within reason speedy and efficient. Honestly, I do feel that the info should have been available immediately after completion, but I cannot fault CSCDS as I did receive what was advertised.

Their platform is easy to navigate, but you still have to guess what the right thing is to do, as there isn't much guidance. I did enjoy the course, and learnt a lot of real word applications to Jolly Phonics, something that I did not really expect.

I would like to amend my previous review of 3 stars to 4.

CDSCD provided a joyful experience and delivered on their promises. I would just say that their platform could use a better navigation system, or a small tutorial. Ultimately, I would highly recommend CDSCS to anyone interested in teaching English to young learners, be it parents, or teachers.

To be honest, the dynamism engaged is intriguing! I'm glad I did not miss out.

Jolly phonics is worth learning. I really enjoyed the course. Thank you

Wonderful course. My son is in grade 6 and was having difficulties because nobody at school taught him how to understand the spelling of a word from the sound and this course has helped him enormously. He is finally able to write thanks to this course. I will be forever grateful!

Yes I enjoyed it a lot.As the videos are small and interesting I was able to concentrate and enjoyed them a lot

Happy to learn English Phonics and gain good knowledge. Thank you

This course is very beneficial for everybody.

Happy to learn English Phonics and gain good knowledge. Thank you

Yeah I enjoyed it too much. Even I am typing this so I m repeating the words in my mind. It\'s pep talk.

Very good course . Everyone should enroll for this course .

I have some problem regarding English Phonics, this course let me know more about English Phonics.

It was nice as it enhanced my knowledge regarding phonics. It was helpful as it matches my current senerio. Thank you

This is brilliant. I like the material and the way the instructor presents it

Very well done! Entertaining and clear!

I enjoyed learning the course. And this topic is in high demand now. Good to learn new.

Its really good and helpful

Simple explanation. No fluff. I love it.

This course changes some of my views regarding Jolly phonics . It's a great learning course

Very exited about the this course. Can't wait to put it into practice

Content is amazing and the instructor seems to have mastered in Jolly phonics teaching. I appreciate CSCDC team for making it available Thank you all!

This course helped me understand better the basis of blending amongst other skills I learnt here.

Crisp, Useful and with a great learning flow

Detailed yet very easy and simple to follow and understand. The pdf resources are great!. Thanks a lot.

I have been looking for a course like this one for a long time! I have been on an intermediate level on this topics for some time, but after taking this course, now I can tag myself as an expert. Its content is totally valuable. The instructor uses a nice tone and the lessons are easy to follow, even for a non-native English speaker, as I am. The topics are comprehensive, approached in the right direction, and really valuable.

I learned a tremendous amount. So many new items.

Really enjoyed this course, and appreciated the time the instructor took within the course to also explain about the theory behind the idea prior to showing the application. I learned more about Jolly phonics and the dashboard ideas within the course are easily transferred elsewhere after you learn how to implement them. Would highly recommend this course, and looking forward to more courses from CSCDC

Perfectly delivered - detailed, engaging and easy to follow with useful tips for immediate practical application.

I am really happy I enrolled, very enriching. I learnt alot.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Very detailed yet, easy to understand. As a mother, I am now more than ever, better equipped to teach my little son how to read and write easily and in a fun way.

An amazing course. Easy to navigate and understand. Thanks CSCDC


Material Includes

  • Videos
  • Downloadable Course Contents
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • Quiz
  • Certificate


  • This course is designed for teachers and all education professionals who teach literacy to children especially at the foundation stage.
  • The Jolly Phonics course is highly recommended for all teachers who teach other subjects in English Language who do not have a strong synthetic phonics background.
  • This course is very crucial for parents of young children who are learning how to read and write (literacy) at the foundation level and parents of older children.
  • The course is excellent for adults who are struggling with their literacy skills because of a lack of a solid literacy foundation that synthetic phonics provides.
  • This course is recommended for anyone who is learning the English Language.
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