Phonics is to reading and spelling, what times tables are to mathematics. It is the foundation on which reading and spelling are built. The use of phonics for reading and writing is a life-long skill. Even the most literate of adults, when faced with an unfamiliar word, will revert to phonics to decode and encode.


The THRASS charts are pivotal to the THRASS Teaching Practice. They allow for ‘big picture’ learning and provide students practising THRASS with a charted, visual reference of linguistic and phonic facts.


Students understand new information and concepts via analogy and example, then by referencing ideas to what they already know. When working from the known to the unknown there must be a critical link between existing knowledge and what is to be learned. Through the explicit demonstration and teaching of these links, students are able to perceive, understand and remember underlying structure, which enables them to apply problem-solving steps to future learning.


Retaining information relies on understanding and the opportunity to apply learned information to a given problem. The practice of THRASS in our classrooms supports Inquiry Based Learning, the term given to learning that supports learners to pursue their own lines of inquiry by drawing on existing knowledge to problem solve. Inquiry Based Learning encourages learners to engage with teachers as partners in the learning process.