Start the reading journey with Reading Planet Lift-off

Reading Planet Lift-off provides beautiful wordless and first words books for early readers.

The best way to discover Lift-off is to register for a FREE no strings attached 30-day trial to Reading Planet Online for Reception - Key Stage 1. You'll get unlimited access to everything in the strand as well as the rest of the Reading Planet scheme for Reception and Key Stage 1. 

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Lift-off resources

Explore aspects from Letters and Sounds Phase 1 using a range of illustrated stories and fun information books that tap into themes such as On The Move and Outdoors.

  • 12 paired wordless reading books for Lilac band including Making Music, Stamp and Clap! and I Spy. £42 for a Pack with all 12 books (1 copy of each book).

  • 12 paired first words reading books for Lilac+ band including The Gingerbread Man, Cinderella and Double-Decker. £42 for a Pack with all 12 books (1 copy of each book).

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Lift-off books are available in digital format in Reading Planet Online for Reception – Key Stage 1. A 1-year subscription for £499+VAT includes:

  • Every Lift-off reading book as an interactive eBook with audio and self-marking quizzes

  • Downloadable Teacher’s Guides with guidance and pupil worksheets for every book

  • Colourful A3 posters to download and display in your classroom

  • Songs, rhymes and sound effects for classroom teaching

Your subscription also provides access to Reading Planet’s Rocket Phonics (132 additional reading practice books only), Comet Street Kids and Galaxy strands in digital format. Plus, useful teacher tools and the Reporting Tool.

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What to expect from Lift-off
Develop vocabulary and communication skills
Paired wordless books encourage children to retell stories in their own words.
Introduce the concept of segmenting and blending
Lift-off First Words starts pupils on their phonics journey
Fully explore the aspects from Letters and Sounds Phase 1.
Paired fiction and non-fiction books link to topics such as ‘food’, ‘outdoors’ and ‘on the move’
Teach children to handle and navigate a book
They'll explore modern stories in familiar settings, traditional tales and photographic non-fiction.
Develop pupils' sensitivity to speech rhythm
Fun activities will prepare them for becoming effective readers.
Lift-off brochure

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Meet the Author

Meet the Author

Gill Budgell is an education consultant publisher, trainer and author in English, language and literacy with special interest and expertise in early years, early language development, phonics, handwriting and bilingualism. Gill’s breadth of experience over three decades in education as teacher, adviser, publisher, researcher and author both in the UK and internationally, ensures that resources are world class, accessible and inclusive. Gill creates creative resources that engage children and teachers, and positively impact outcomes for all. Follow Gill on Twitter @gillbudgell.

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