A straightforward approach to phonics with transformative results

Reading Planet Rocket Phonics is a DfE validated SSP programme with a mission: to help every child to keep up and not catch-up. The programme is available now for Reception and Year 1 (P1-P2) with Year 2 (P3) available in summer 2022! 

The best way to discover what Rocket Phonics has to offer, is to register for a FREE no strings attached 30-day trial to Rocket Phonics Online

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Everything needed for reading and writing is included with Rocket Phonics
Structured yet flexible teaching guidance
Empower teachers to deliver phonics according to their pupils’ needs
Consistent whole-class phonics teaching and flexible reading sessions
Additional adult supervision and support is not required
Comprehensive resources
Get started straightaway with flashcards, fully-decodable books and pupil booklets
Timesaving daily and weekly lesson plans
We aim to protect workload and support teachers at all levels
Innovative online Big Books
Spark pupil interaction and teach phonics in context
Affordable CPD led by a team of phonics specialists
Ensure your school gets the most from the programme
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Rocket Phonics Resources

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

  • 24 fully-decodable and aligned Target Practice reading books per year group for focused decoding practice. £89-£106 per pack.

  • 114 additional fully-decodable reading books for additional reading practice across Reception and Year 1. £21-£387 per pack. 

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


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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 £99 per person!

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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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. We have also released three new CPD webinars for £99 per person taking place this term.  Learn more about CPD here.

Rocket Phonics has been created for Reception and Year 1 pupils so the content may feel too young for Key Stage 2 pupils. However, the Pupil Practice Booklets and Flashcards could work as part of a group intervention session to revisit and practise sounds.

Reading Planet has just launched Astro which is a new strand specifically for struggling and reluctant readers in Key Stage 2. It includes 24 highly decodable books aligned to the same progression as Rocket Phonics so they’re ideal for pupils who haven’t yet mastered aspects of phonics and need to improve their fluency. These books are dual-banded combining lower reading levels with age-appropriate interest levels so the content will be more suitable for Key Stage 2 pupils.  Learn more here.


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.

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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