EnglishHillcrest Primary School has been internationally recognised for using targeted whole school programs across year groups to ensure consistency and continuity in all classes.  

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Jolly Phonics
Hillcrest Primary School is a leader in the implementation of the Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar programs, demonstrated by our Associate Principal who travelled to London and presented to delegates from 20 different countries on our success with these programs.  Read the internationally published case study on our Jolly Journey here.

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy througJolly Phonics @ Hillcresth synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve.

Letter Sound Order
The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible. The letter sounds are split into seven groups.

How does Jolly Phonics work?
Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing. Complemented by Jolly Readers and Jolly Grammar, it provides a thorough foundation for teaching literacy over three years in school.

Jolly Grammar
Jolly Grammar is the next stage, after a first year with Jolly Phonics. The materials provide guidance and resources to help teach grammar to children; it is active and multi-sensory, with emphasis on consolidating the children’s knowledge from Jolly Phonics and helping them develop an understanding of how grammar works.

How does Jolly Grammar work?
By teaching key essential grammar rules, it helps children bring diversity to their writing and improve their spelling in a structured way.

Jolly Grammar teaches a wide range of language forms including the parts of speech, plurals, punctuation, and the tenses past, present, and future. It also teaches a wide range of spelling rules, including defining aspects such as the short vowels.

Jolly Grammar uses colours and actions to help children identify parts of speech in sentences, for example verbs are red and nouns are black. Filled with great ideas and fun ways to remember some of the rules, Jolly Grammar provides teachers with a systematic way to teach grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Hillcrest Primary School uses the Keylinks reading series to guide the students’ reading progress in Year One to Six.  The series uses a variety of genres, subjects and questioning types to ensure all students’ needs are catered for in a manner that recognises individual interests and ability levels.  This consistent approach enables maximum development each year, and a smooth transition between classes and year levels.