Achieve phonics success for all pupils with Rocket Phonics

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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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


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

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

  • 6 termly Pupil Practice Booklets. £35 for 10-copy pack and £99 for 30-copy pack. 

  • 2 A5 Flashcard sets (70 cards in each). £22+VAT per set.


1-year subscription at £350+VAT includes:

  • 48 Target Practice reading books as eBooks with audio and self-marking quizzes

  • 114 additional reading practice books as eBooks with audio and self-marking quizzes

  • 6 teaching storybooks (Big Books) with audio 

  • 140 animated flashcards with audio modelling 

  • Downloadable Teacher's Guides

  • Phonics screener practice test

  • Bitesize CPD training videos 

  • Interactive online games 

  • Downloadable soundsmats and friezes 

Rocket Phonics CPD

Our training is led by Rocket Phonics author and experienced trainer Abigail Steel.

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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. Click below to learn about Abigail Steel Training.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Rocket Phonics provides all the planning andresources 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.


Not currently. As with all phonics programmes, Rocket Phonics was not able to be submitted for validation until the 1st June 2021.  We will find out very soon if we have been successful for validation. 

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.

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