What is THRASS?
A tool for the explicit teaching of literacy skills
THRASS is an acronym for Teaching Handwriting, Reading And Spelling Skills. It is a system for teaching learners of any age about the building blocks of reading and spelling, that is, the 44 phonemes (speech sounds) of spoken English and the graphemes (spelling choices) of written English. THRASS has a unique methodology known as the THRASS Specific Pedagogical Practice (TSPP).
THRASS is divided into three main skill areas – reading, spelling and handwriting. These skills are interrelated and build on each other to increase a learner’s knowledge and understanding of the relationship between the 44 phonemes and the 26 letters of the alphabet – The Alphabetic Principle) – the key to successful reading and literacy.