The Health Centre

This month’s theme for Aistear is the Health Centre. We’re learning words like stethoscope, patient, pharmacy, prescription, thermometer, x-ray and waiting room. We’re role-playing as doctors, nurses, patients, pharmacists and receptionists.

Jolly Phonics


This week we are starting the Jolly Phonics programme in Junior Infants.

The five basic skills for reading and writing are:
1. Learning the letter sounds
2. Learning letter formation
3. Blending
4. Identifying sounds in words
5. Spelling the tricky words

In Jolly Phonics the 42 main sounds of English are taught, not just
the alphabet.

  1. s, a, t, i, p, n
  2. c k, e, h, r, m, d
  3. g, o, u, l, f, b
  4. ai, j, oa, ie, ee, or
  5. z, w, ng, v, oo, oo
  6. y, x, ch, sh, th, th
  7. qu, ou, oi, ue, er, ar

For more information please click the following link:

Songs that we will be learning for Group 1:

Letter sound cards will be going home in green homework folders from tomorrow. We are starting with ‘s’. Please practise sound and complete worksheet. Working together is really important as your child begins this next phase in their learning.

More information on the Jolly Phonics programme will be given at the Parents’ Evening will be scheduled soon.

Kind Regards,

Clíona, Lisa and Niamh.