More than 40 teachers from the Taleb schools — The Cambridge School, Doha, Doha Modern Indian School and the Cambridge International School For Girls, attended the Jolly Phonics workshop held at The Cambridge School, recently. The workshop was conducted by Jane Burt of Doha College. Jane has worked closely with the creator of Jolly learning, Sue Llyod.
The workshop was split in two sessions. Session 1 had an introduction to Jolly Phonics and the five basic initiatives for Jolly Phonics. Teachers also took part in various activities during the session. Session 2 was on tricky words, moving into writing and concluded with a question and answer session with Jane.
The need for a multi-sensory approach to crack the code of reading and writing has long been the need of early years, Kindergarten and primary teachers. This is achievable through the Jolly Phonics Scheme, and most importantly, it is stimulating and fun-filled for children and teachers alike.
The Jolly Phonics scheme uses a synthetic phonics approach to reading and writing. This improves spelling, reading, and comprehension skills over whole word (analytical) phonics. Therefore, the benefits for the whole school are obvious. Also, for children who are not visual or auditory learners, Jolly Phonics provides a good alternative to learning how to read and write, and studies show that Jolly Phonics increases literacy skills in children at an earlier age than those who have not studied
Teachers discovered how to make the sounds of the letters such as “a” as in ants. This was followed by action and a song on ants marching up one’s arm; similarly “d” as in drum with the action of beating the drums while making the sound. This is obviously very different from learning á, b, c ….” in the conventional way. But this approach is crucial to give the children the necessary tools for reading and writing English.
Later, the teachers discovered how to blend these sounds as we start to decode words. There was much discussion on writing how words sound, especially the word ‘marmalade’. Teachers attending the workshop had ample opportunity to examine the structure of this programme and see how it needs to be fitted into their curriculum. Twenty minutes a day of phonics teaching every day is the objective.
Mark Mc Luckie , Head of KG and Primary said: “I expect my teachers to become equipped with the skills and techniques that will ensure that all their students can read and write and these teachers know how to engage parents in supporting the work the school is doing to ensure that the learning at The Cambridge School, Doha continues to be the very best.” The workshop was organised by Dr Vandana Nair, the Academic Coordinator at The Cambridge School, Doha.
The Cambridge School- Doha offers the National curriculum of England and caters to students from KG – to Grade 13. Established in 2001, the school has over 1,500 students and admissions for the next academic year are now open. The Cambridge School caters to students from over 52 nationalities and has staff from all over the world. The school is a registered CIE centre and IGCSE/AS/A level students have produced very good results over the years and have secured admissions in leading universities in Qatar and abroad.