THRASS Focus Areas

THRASS is divided into three main skills areas: handwriting, reading and spelling. The skills are inter-related and build on each other to increase understanding.


THRASS focuses on:

• Knowledge of the alphabet and the naming of the lower case letters and their capitals.

• Using the correct terms from the beginning.

• The alphabet as a resource, from which letters are selected to represent the phonemes of spoken English.

• Handwriting skills – the correct formation of lower case and capital letters.

• An awareness of the 44 phonemes (speech sounds) of spoken English.

• An awareness of graphs, digraphs, trigraphs and quadgraphs (spelling choices).