• Year Levels F–2
  • Curriculum ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
  • Subject Literacy
  • Resource Formats Print, Digital
  • Learning Focus Intervention, Synthetic phonics and decodable readers, Independent reading, Modelled reading, Take-home reading

What it is

Rapid Phonics is an intervention program for:

  • students working behind reading expectations
  • students with special education needs.

It’s designed to increase confidence by helping students read fully decodable and age-appropriate books accurately, quickly, and with expression.

How it helps


Feel good about reading: Students earn rewards the more they read and comprehend, enticing even the most reluctant readers.

Build confidence to learn independently: Students consolidate skills through supported independent practice in the classroom and at home.

Progress at the right pace: Fluency is built gradually with ongoing assessment and reinforcement of each piece of learning.


Time-saving teaching resources: Comprehensive teaching guides and book notes act as straightforward foundations for improving student confidence.

Quickly understand where your students are at: Easily search for and allocate readers to students and then clearly track, assess, and report on progress.

Simplified, effective lesson planning: Lessons can be set-up quickly and easily with helpful objectives, summaries, and activities after a student is levelled.

Why it works

Road tested by children, for children to be engaging and fun
Used by over 2 million teachers and students worldwide
Proven to make 30 months of progress in reading in just 18 months

What it includes

Discover how Rapid Phonics helps students improve reading ability from school and home.

Rapid Phonics

Decodable readers

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Step 1: Alphabet phonemes
Step 2: Diagraphs and trigraphs
Step 3: Alternative spellings

Rapid Phonics is divided into sets of decodable readers based on three synthetic phonic steps core steps:

  • Step 1: Alphabet phonemes (18 titles)
  • Step 2: Diagraphs and trigraphs (16 titles)
  • Step 3: Alternative spellings (22 titles)

The decodable readers feature:

  • clear sequencing of phonemes/graphemes
  • dyslexia-friendly fonts which are well-spaced and sized just right
  • repetition of the target phoneme/grapheme
  • inclusion of high-frequency sight words

All 56 readers are available in print and digitally.

Rapid Phonics

Teacher Resources

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Rapid Phonics teaching resources support teachers to deliver phonics intervention sessions suitable for one-on-one teaching or small groups.

  • A Programme Handbook outlining the core principles of Rapid Phonics
  • A Teaching Guide for each core step containing easy-to-set assessments and detailed lesson plans
  • A Phonics Progression wallchart available in print or online
  • Print flashcards and other photocopiable resources

Rapid Phonics Digital

A supportive online world

All 56 Rapid Phonics readers are available as eBooks on ActiveLearn Primary. Each eBook has interactive features to boost reading success:

  • a pronunciation guide to the phonemes and graphemes in the book
  • a read-to-me function to demonstrate fluent reading and hook students into the text
  • audio-only instructions to make activities less intimidating and difficult

Rapid Phonics Digital

Versatile teaching resources

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ActiveLearn Primary’s online platform allows you to:

  • easily find and utilise a wealth of teaching material
  • utilise in-depth planning, assessment, and reporting tools
  • search and allocate readers to students
  • track, assess and report on students’ reading progress.

Samples & downloads

Tools to help you unlock the world of Rapid

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