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The P1s in my school currently follow the Rigby reading scheme but I have been asked to see if I think Jolly Phonics would be better. Does anyone have any opinion/help on this.
Hi, I don't know anything about Rigby but have used Jolly Phonics. It is based on a letter a day with a song and an action. I find the little workbooks are far too busy and the teacheing points are not clear enough for children to follow easily. Also the big worksheets in the handbook emphasis the action linked to the sound which is fine but the space at the bottom for practising handwriting is so not good enough. Their activities for blends of vowels and constonants are hopeless and I ended up making my own.
I have always supported JP with sounding out and blending as well as using real books and the schools ORT.
The advantages of JP are the daily songs and actions and this does get children ready for sounding out and blending.
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