WORKSHOPS

"SKILLS DRILL" WORKSHOPS
FOR SCHOOLS AND ADULT CENTRES

 
 
PRIMARY SCHOOLS ~ "Thoroughly enjoyed it and have learnt so much."
SECONDARY SCHOOLS  ~ "Excellent, well paced, fun and informative."
SPECIAL SCHOOLS ~ "Very enjoyable, lots of fun and very helpful."
ADULT CENTRES ~ "Interesting and entertaining. Excellent resources."


"SKILLS DRILL" WORKSHOP
 
1. TYPICAL WORKSHOP EVALUATIONS
"New resources are great and the training for both teachers and assistants
will ensure a whole school approach, with excellent resources and skilled staff."
24 FEB 2014: SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, ESSEX

"The resources were amazing! Highly informative and incredibly useful day."
06 JAN 2014: SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, ESSEX

"Lots of interesting and engaging strategies to use with the children. Resources top quality."
28 OCT 2013: SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, NE LINCOLNSHIRE

"Without doubt the most enjoyable training course I have attended."
24 OCT 2013: SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, DERBYSHIRE (KS3 focus)

"Very interesting. Learnt a lot of new ideas. Presented clearly. Fun."
17 OCT 2013: SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, BRIGHTON & HOVE

"Great - it all makes sense now. I wish I had this knowledge when I was younger."
02-03 OCT 2013: THRASS ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE, MILTON KEYNES

"Thoroughly enjoyed it and have learnt so much."
01 OCT 2013: SKILLS DRILL HALF-DAY WORKSHOP, LUTON

"Excellent, well paced, fun and informative."
03 SEPT 2013:
SKILLS DRILL HALF-DAY WORKSHOP, KENT (KS3 focus),

"Enjoyable as well as very informative."
02 SEPT 2013: SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, ESSEX

"Very enjoyable, lots of fun and very helpful."
02 SEPT 2013: SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
(Severe or Complex Communication Difficulties or Asperger’s Syndrome),

"A very practical and informative day; interesting and entertaining. Excellent resources."
19 JULY 2013: SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, DERBY (Adult focus)

"Brilliant course. A revolutionary system that should be adopted worldwide."
10 JULY 2013:
SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, ESSEX (KS3 focus)

"All teachers must do this course not just Foundation Phase student teachers!"
10-11 JUNE 2013: THRASS ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE, JOBURG, SA (Student Teacher focus)

"Entertaining and inspirational. I have a better understanding of phonics and
I am more confident to teach phonics the correct way! A fantastic course."
7-8 JUNE 2013: THRASS ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE, JOBURG, SA (NAPTOSA focus)

"Well structured and great use of visuals, interactive resources and activities."
24 APRIL 2013:
SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, LONDON, (KS3 focus)

"Excellent, mind-blowing, an amazing teaching tool."
15 APRIL 2013:
SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, OXFORDSHIRE

"The suggestions for activities to use with the children were great
and it was beneficial to work through these to have experiences of them."
08 APRIL 2013:
SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, DENBIGHSHIRE, WALES

“An excellent way to teach spelling to our children."
07 JAN 2013:
SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, WEST YORKSHIRE

“Engaging, entertaining, demystifying, practical and stimulating."
19 NOV 2012:
SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, SUFFOLK

“Lots of ideas for whole school focus (including SEN)."
14 NOV 2012:
SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, CUMBRIA (KS3 focus)

“Fantastic course, engaging and extremely useful."
5 NOV 2012:
SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, WALES

“Course excellent. All made sense. Good practical resources used."
26 OCT 2012:
SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, STOKE-ON-TRENT

“A super day full of fun, ideas, sharing, questioning and understanding.”
19 OCT 2012:
SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, CHESHIRE

“I have left with armfuls of knowledge!”
1-2 OCT 2012: THRASS ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE, RHONDDA, WALES

“Fantastic to see the children do so well – proof it does work!”
28 SEPT 2012:
SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, GWYNEDD, WALES

“Fantastic. Phonics finally makes sense!”
25-26 SEPT 2012: THRASS ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE, MILTON KEYNES

"Finally, I know how to help KS3 students improve their literacy!"
25-26 SEPT 2012: THRASS ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE, MILTON KEYNES

“Excellent. Extremely enjoyable and really useful.”
6-7 SEPT 2012: THRASS ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE, BIRMINGHAM

“Memorable, inspirational, thought-provoking – and great fun!”
4-5 SEPT 2012: THRASS ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE, BRIGHTON

“A fun and inspiring day, extremely well-delivered.”
3 SEPT 2012:
SKILLS DRILL WORKSHOP, DENBIGHSHIRE, WALES
 
2. "SKILLS DRILL" WORKSHOP (0900-1530)
All delegates receive a clear plastic wallet containing the S-80 English Keywords Book (the "Yellow Keywords Book" is the main EPCP resource), three encapsulated tumble turn charts (the S-79 English Phonics Chart, S-81 Keyspelling Overwrite Chart and S-83 English Keyspellings Chart A5) and the S-84 Keyspellings Card (plastic 'Credit Card' charts).

The English Phonics Skills Drill (explained on pages 4-5 of the book) is suitable for learners of all ages and abilities, including young children and those learning English as an additional language. It is used with individuals, groups, classes, year groups or whole schools. During the workshop, delegates (most often teachers, teaching assistants, speech therapists, parents, student teachers and/or adult tutors) practise the actions and wording in each phase until they are familiar with all eight phases.

Throughout the workshop, the focus is on "Always encourage your learner/s to speak clearly and to be as accurate as possible in their pronunciation and pointing" and on each member of staff being consistent in their teaching of English Phonics, so that learners gain "good knowledge of the keyspellings and non-keyspellings of English and their sounds".
 

The "Skills Drill" is taught using The English Keyspellings Chart A3 (the "Yellow Keyspellings Chart"), on the centres pages of the book. The chart is divided into a consonant section and a vowel section. The consonant section has 24 sound-boxes. The vowel section has 20 sound-boxes. Through using the chart, learners are taught that English has 44 sounds, of which 24 are consonants and 20 are vowels.

The chart also teaches learners that English has 120 keyspellings, of which 60 are consonant keyspellings and 60 are vowel keyspellings. Each of the 60 consonant keyspellings ‘lives’ in one of the 24 consonant sound-boxes and is shown using large blue letters. Each of the 60 vowel keyspellings ‘lives’ in one of the 20 vowel sound-boxes and is shown using large red letters. Each of the keyspellings is also shown in bold letters. The keywords help learners to remember the keyspellings and their location, or ‘home’, on the chart.

Through using the chart, learners gain a good knowledge of the sounds and spellings in words. They learn that the letters of the English alphabet do not represent only one sound and that, even in the most basic of words, English letters represent different sounds, either as 1-1 (One to one), 2-1 (Two to one), 3-1 (Three to one) or 4-1 (Four to one) spellings.

EPCP includes being able to perform the "Skills Drill", read word-for-word the keywords questions in the S-80 book, and read and spell the five-hundred basewords of English. As a whole, the programme teaches learners to read words by sight and to focus on their meaning. It also teaches them the skills needed to predict and remember the sound-spelling relationships in words that they cannot read and spell, through using a good and thorough knowledge of the keyspellings and non-keyspellings of English.

THE COST FOR A ONE-DAY WORKSHOP AT YOUR SCHOOL
10 delegates = £600 + VAT (£60 per head)
20 delegates = £1000 + VAT (£50 per head)
30 delegates = £1350 + VAT (£45 per head)
40 delegates = £1600 + VAT (£40 per head)
50 delegates = £1750 + VAT (£35 per head)

In addition to the costs above, you will need to allow for Travel Expenses (charged at 45p per mile + VAT), for a round trip from Chester, Cheshire, to your school/venue. We do not charge for the overnight accommodation.

OPEN OR CLOSED WORKSHOPS
Some schools choose to host a workshop and open it to visiting delegates. For this option we offer the host school a £40 reduction in the overall cost for each external delegate (each pays £120 + VAT). All the paperwork for external delegates is handled by THRASS UK. A ‘good’ date is needed for this option, avoiding holiday dates in neighbouring Local Authorities. The host school provides the refreshments and lunch for visiting delegates and the presenter. We can provide costs for numbers larger than 50 (at a reduced rate per delegate), for large schools or clusters.

TIMING: FOUR SESSIONS OF 75 MINUTES
MORNING - Session 1: 0900-1015, Break: 10:15-1045, Session 2: 1045-1200.
Lunch: 1200-1245.
AFTERNOON - Session 3: 1245-1400, Break: 1400-1415, Session 4: 1415-1530.

"SKILLS DRILL" WORKSHOP
EPCP Checklist


3. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Our UK workshops are usually 'Closed Workshops' for individual schools or clusters of schools. Schools that are happy to include visitors are 'Open Workshops'. The next open workshop in the UK is:

Tuesday, 1 April 2014: Shapwick School, Bridgwater, Somerset

To book or enquire about a one-day "Skills Drill" Workshop, two-day 'THRASS Accredited Certificate' Workshop or other forthcoming Open Workshop dates, please email Hilary Davies

The next two-day 'THRASS Accredited Certificate' Workshops are:

6-7 June 2014: Johannesburg, South Africa
9-10 June 2014: Johannesburg, South Africa
16-17 June 2014: Harare, Zimbabwe
9-10 July 2014, Barbados, Caribbean
 


VERY USEFUL MEMORY AIDS

“I think that the THRASS spelling choices charts would be very useful
mnemonics [memory aids] for children to refer to when they are unsure
of the letters needed to produce all the 44 sounds in the English language.”

Professor Bevé Hornsby, The Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre,
London, England, 27 March 2000


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