'Take off' develops phonic skills, and knowledge of braille contractions and wordsigns. It also encourages enjoyment of reading and writing. The course takes the learner to the end of contracted (grade 2) braille.
Each series is identified by the colour of the cover and tactile illustrations. A print version of the capitalised braille text appears on facing pages throughout to encourage shared reading at home and school.
Each booklet contains a practice page and story; booklets in series 1 to 10 also include a "fun page" of activities to encourage braille writing.
The Take Off teachers' handbook contains the complete text of the braille booklets as well as notes on the braille signs being taught, notes on encouraging good reading technique and a list of additional resources.