Achieve phonics success for all pupils with Reading Planet Rocket Phonics, a DfE validated SSP programme

Rocket Phonics is a new story-based systematic synthetic phonics programme for Reception and Year 1. This ‘next-generation’ programme is aligned to Letters and Sounds (2007) and provides a complete package of resources to teach reading and writing.

  • Ensure pupils keep up rather than catch up: the steady pace and progression deeply embeds knowledge and skills from the start.

  • Feel empowered to deliver a rigorous phonics programme whatever your teaching level, with step-by-step daily plans, flexible weekly overviews, assessment guidance, tracking documents and CPD.

  • Develop essential literacy skills using a balanced approach that focuses equally on blending for reading, and segmenting for writing and spelling.

  • Enliven your phonics teaching using a blend of digital and print resources, including write-in practice booklets, sound mats, reading books and eBooks.

  • Ignite a love of reading and consolidate decoding skills by immersing pupils in captivating illustrated stories (Big Books) and a rich variety of fully-decodable fiction and non-fiction.

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Introducing Reading Planet Rocket Phonics

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Programme Overview

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View Half Termly Expectations chart

Shows the new GPCs and Common Exception Words covered in each half term.


Programme resources


Deliver Rocket Phonics using fully-decodable books, colourful flashcards and write-in pupil booklets:

  • 48 fully-decodable Target Practice reading books (Pink-Orange) aligned to the programme for focused decoding practice. £89-£106 per pack.

  • 114 additional fully-decodable reading books (Pink to Orange) for additional reading practice. £21-£387 per pack. 

  • 6 termly Pupil Practice Booklets for daily practice and application of learning. £35 for 10-copy pack and £99 for 30-copy pack. 

  • 2 A5 Flashcard sets (70 cards in each) for introducing and revising the target letter-sounds. £22+VAT per set.


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Rocket Phonics Online is an exciting, interactive online library that provides all print resources and more in digital format. A 1-year subscription for £350+VAT includes:

  • Every Target Practice reading book and additional reading practice book as an interactive eBook with audio and self-marking quizzes

  • 6 teaching storybooks (Big Books) with audio for teaching the target sounds and enriching vocabulary

  • Every flashcard as an animated flashcard with audio modelling 

  • Teacher's Guides with comprehensive teaching and planning materials 

  • Helpful bitesize CPD training videos featuring author Abigail Steel

  • Fun online games for phonics practice  

  • Downloadable sounds mats and friezes for visual display

  • Phonics screener practice test

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Feel empowered to deliver a rigorous phonics programme with our bespoke CPD training:

  • Led by Rocket Phonics author and experienced trainer Abigail Steel and a team of phonics specialists.

  • Available in-person, online or a combination of both 

  • A choice of training packages to suit your school's needs and budget 

  • Prices start at just £980+VAT

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Rocket Phonics provides all the planning and resources needed to deliver a complete SSP programme that will equip children for success in the Phonics Screening Check in Year 1, as well as meet or exceed the expectations of the National Curriculum for reading.

Rocket Phonics introduces these words gradually throughout the programme and are focused on in the Friday lessons. They are drawn from the tricky words suggested in Letters and Sounds (2007) and build up into a bank of words that are vital for children to know in order to meet or exceed expectations for reading. These words are regularly consolidated throughout the programme and are featured in the Flashcards and Friezes.

Rocket Phonics is aligned with the progression of the original Letters and Sounds (2007). The programme follows the same teaching order of grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) but we recommend a steadier pace of two GPCs per week rather than four. Using Rocket Phonics, children in Reception will learn some Phase 5 GPCs in the second half of the summer term. Learn more in the Half Termly Expectations chart here

Yes, it does. Letter formation is included in the twice-weekly segmenting lessons as each grapheme is introduced. Capital letters are introduced in conjunction with lower-case letters so that these don’t have to be taught as an afterthought later on.

Yes! The existing 114 Rocket Phonics reading books are fully aligned with the new Rocket Phonics programme and can be introduced when all the GPCs in a colour band have been taught. We recommend using them for additional reading practice in school and home.

Yes! Our team of local Sales Consultants are based across the country and are happy to help with information, advice and orders. They are available to discuss options for your school by phone, email and video call. Make an enquiry here.

Yes.  As of July 2021, Rocket Phonics is a DfE validated systematic synthetic phonics programme.

Yes. Our CPD training is led by Rocket Phonics lead author and trainer Abigail Steel. Your school can choose from our Core training at £980 - £1260+VAT and our Premium training at £1820 - £2100. Both options can be delivered in-school, virtually or a combination of the two Learn more here.

To deliver Rocket Phonics as a full SSP programme, we recommend that your school uses the print and online resources. The core print resources consist of 140 flashcards (available in 2 sets at £22 each), 48 Target Practice reading books (available in 2 packs at £89 and £106) and 6 Pupil Practice Booklets (available in packs of 10 at £35 and 30 at £99.  There are also 114 additional reading practice books available in packs from £22 - £444. The online 1-year subscription is £350+VAT per year for unlimited access to everything in digital format plus teaching Big Books, games, videos, downloadable teaching notes and more.

Teaching with Rocket Phonics

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Meet the Author

Meet the Author

Abigail Steel is an education consultant, trainer and author specialising in English language and literacy. After spending two decades working closely with hundreds of schools and teachers in the UK and across the globe, Abigail knows what truly drives positive outcomes for children. Often described as inspirational, her approaches to the pedagogies behind teaching and learning are both practical and insightful. Follow Abigail on Twitter @abigail_steel.

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