Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills (THRASS)
At Woodingdean Primary School we feel that the best approach to teach phonics is one that ensures our children are given the best opportunity to achieve success. One such approach which enables children to ensure their independent success with reading and writing is THRASS.
This approach enables children to learn which sounds (phonemes) are made with which combination of letters (graphemes) and illustrates how reading and writing link together as a process for coding and decoding words which are most relevant to their learning experience.
The THRASS board is used by all children to recognise the most commonly used spelling choices
The THRASS approach recognises that the 26 letters of the alphabet have different ‘jobs’ to do when they are written together to represent either consonant phonemes or vowel phonemes. The THRASS board is used by all children to recognise the most commonly used spelling choices of 44 sound patterns which make up the most common words; words which children need to use in their work and are expected to read and spell by the end of
Key Stage 1
The colourful resources are used with individuals, groups, classes and/or
whole schools. They are used to develop speaking and listening skills, vocabulary and general knowledge. They are also used to teach learners to read words by sight and to focus on the meaning, and to work out the right sounds when they cannot read a word, and visualise and name the right letters when they cannot spell a word (through using a thorough knowledge of the key spellings and non-key spellings of English).
In summary, the programme uses '120 keywords to help learners choose the right sounds when they read and the right letters when they spell'. Using the charts, learners find the right sound-boxes for the spellings in words. The THRASS® English Phonics Chart Programme (also known as the THRASS® Programme) is for learners of all ages and abilities, including the gifted and talented, those learning English as an Additional Language (EAL), deaf and blind learners, those with dyslexia, learning or speech difficulties, and those recovering from memory loss as a result of brain injury.
For more information on THRASS, please see www.englishphonicschart.com