We use the 'Jolly Phonics' programme, enhanced with singing and dancing, to teach children the sounds of the language, how to blend them and eventually to read. We have found that this programme both engages students and builds their confidence and enjoyment of learning to read. When the students are ready, we introduce them to the 'Oxford Reading Tree' scheme, which is widely used in the UK and is widely considered to be amongst the best reading schemes available.