Rocket Phonics Next Steps continues the Rocket Phonics journey into Year 2. Written by expedrt Abigail Steel, it consolidates phonics and develops key literacy skills. 

  • Build in National Curriculum requirements for Year 2 to ensure children meet and exceed age-related expectations

  • Use the established teaching and learning cycle (Review, Teach, Practise, Apply and Assess) to maintain consistency between year groups

  • Introduce and gradually develop cursive handwriting to support children in becoming confident writers

  • Equip children with essential literacy skills for the wider curriculum and the transition to Key Stage 2  with a focus on phonics for spelling and writing

  • Use exciting fiction and non-fiction reading  books to widen vocabulary and nurture a  love of reading 

Want to talk to someone about switching to Rocket Phonics? Make an enquiry with your local consultant here ​​​

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FREE Webinar: Introduction to Rocket Phonics

FREE Webinar: Introduction to Rocket Phonics

Come along and learn about the scheme in this free session on Monday 5th December at 4-5pm (UK time). Session will cover Reception - Year 2.

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Rocket Phonics Next Steps Resources

A 1-year subscription to Rocket Phonics Online: Next Steps is £180+VAT for unlimited access to: 

  • 3 termly online Big Books with audio and click-to-play sounds to teach spelling alternatives and explore non-fiction elements

  • 111 flashcards (interactive and PDF format) to revisit and review letter-sounds 

  • Every Pupil Practice Booklet (6 Booklets) as a read-only PDF for display and modelling on the whiteboard 

  • 72 Reading Planet Comet Street Kids and Galaxy book as interactive eBooks with audio and self-marking quizzes 

  • Downloadable half termly sounds family posters and alphabetic code charts for classroom display 

  • Downloadable comprehensive Teacher’s Guide with daily and weekly plans, assessments, assessment tracker and SEND guidance 

  • CPD videos featuring author Abigail Steel (coming soon)

  • Additional features: downloadable teaching notes and pupil worksheet for each eBook, eBook mark-up tools, eBook allocation for home reading, rewards and the Reporting Tool
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  • 6 half termly write-in Pupil Practice Booklets with 64 pages to support daily blending and segmenting practice and weekly focused cursive handwriting. Available in packs of 10 for £35 and packs of 30 for £99. 

  • Rocket Phonics Next Steps uses 72 reading books covering Turquoise to White bands from the Reading Planet Comet Street Kids and Galaxy strands. £220 per pack (1 copy of each book):

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Led by Abigail Steel Training, our CPD is flexible and can be tailored to suit your school. Rocket Phonics author Abigail Steel and a team of nationwide phonics specialists are available online or in-person at a time that suits you.

  • Taking the Next Steps with Rocket Phonics (Year 2). Available for schools that have already taken our 'Get Started with Rocket Phonics' training. From £499+VAT. 

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How Rocket Phonics Next Steps takes children forward:
Follows the principle of SSP teaching
Cover all the required content of Letters and Sounds (2007) Phase 6 through literacy skills lessons
Builds in National Curriculum requirements for Year 2
Ensure children meet and exceed age-related related expectations
Uses a consistent teaching and learning cycle
Establish effective classroom routines through Review, Teach, Practise, Apply and Assess
Introduces and gradually develops cursive handwriting
Support children in becoming confident writers
Focuses on phonics for spelling and writing
Equip children with essential literacy skills for the wider English curriculum and the transition to Key Stage 2 (P4-P7)
Uses a range of exciting fiction and non-fiction reading books
Widen vocabulary and nurture a love of reading with Reading Planet Comet Street Kids and Galaxy books and online teaching storybooks
Rocket Phonics leaflet

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Frequently asked questions

 In Year 2, children do not learn any new letter-sounds. Instead, they consolidate their knowledge of sounds by revisiting all the alphabetic code from Reception and Year 1. The alphabetic code is revised by grouping it by individual phoneme and looking at the different ways of spelling that sound (an example would be the sound /ai/ which can be spelt in a variety of different ways). In Year 2, we introduce cursive handwriting and explicitly cover National Curriculum spelling requirements.  

Yes. Rocket Phonics Next Steps covers Letters and Sounds Phase 6.

Rocket Phonics Next Steps does not explicitly cover common exception words, but they will be woven in. In Year 2 there are no longer many common exception words that children will encounter from the National Curriculum list. At this stage, everything has been taught through phonics systematically, so any outliers are included in the content and planning as 'incidental' bits of teaching.

You will need a 1-year subscription to Rocket Phonics Online Next Steps (£180+VAT per year). This subscription gives you unlimited access to all the online resources: Big Books, flashcards, practice readers as eBooks, Teacher’s Guide and display materials. You will also need a Pupil Practice Booklet for each pupil (available in packs of 10 at £35 and packs of 30 at £99). Ideally, we recommend a school has 1 copy of each Practice Reader between 2 children (available in packs at £220). View the resources here 

Our ‘Taking the Next Steps with Rocket Phonics’ CPD course is available to schools that have already taken our ‘Getting Started with Rocket Phonics’ course. It’s available online and in-person and will be led by a Rocket Phonics trainer. Learn more about our CPD here 

Yes, you will need an additional subscription for the new Year 2 resources. Rocket Phonics Online Next Steps is £180+VAT per year and provides all the online resources for the Year 2 programme. This includes Big Books, Practice Readers as eBooks, flashcards, Teacher’s Guide and display materials.

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

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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