Inspire your child’s Creativity and build up confidence this summer!
Please note that lessons will take place onsite but online if necessary due to the Covid-19 updates.
This summer, we are running a 5-day x 2 weeks English course for kids age 6-12 using the British Council’s original Primary Plus programme. Students will have the chance to study with us for three hours each day, learning English along with challenging the coding activities. We believe these combined aspects elevate English from an outcome to a lifelong skill to enable your child to make the most of their life by equipping them for future challenges.
PRIMARY PLUS COURSE INFORMATION
Primary Plus is based on the principle of effective teaching in a positive environment. At the British Council we understand that English is a life-long skill for both present and future challenges. Children will tackle real-life tasks, working in groups and crafting researched answers and innovative solutions. The tasks are specially designed to match their developmental age, ensuring familiarity to the situation they learn in. Children communicate and engage with a variety of media, leading them to work collaboratively as well as to become more self-directed.
Based on extensive feedback and long-term development, Primary Plus gives priority to:
- A 4 skills approach leading to communication in English (with a focus on developing literacy skills)
- Ongoing development of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation
- Building confidence and developing positive attitudes
- Knowing other cultures to better know one’s own
- A focus on the whole child: moving beyond language learning through the active promotion of creativity, critical thinking, IT skills and ‘learning how to learn’
- The integration of IT and ICT skills into mainstream learning
The course materials are delivered in an exciting magazine-style format, which learners are issued each week. Stimulating up-to-date topics linked to current issues and real-life tasks provide the incentive for students to develop their communication skills in English. On the last day of the week, students will do a presentation as a final task.
【Topic and Task for Primary Plus Summer】
|Primary Plus 1||1||Yummy!||Plan a picnic for the class|
|2||On the farm||Make a model home for a farm animal|
|Primary Plus 2||1||Let’s shop!||Plan a second-hand market stall|
|2||What’s on TV?||Plan and make your own TV guide|
|Primary Plus 3||1||Have fun!||Make a poster promoting my favourite ride at an amusement park|
|2||My story||Make a lift-the-flap book about a classmate’s life|
|Primary Plus 4||1||Think about Art||Select and present a work of art and its value to my school environment|
|2||Into space!||Write about a trip to a fictional planet|
Please see the ‘Primary Plus Summer Course Overview’ for more details.
CODING IN ENGLISH
From this year, coding became a compulsory part of students’ education at Elementary School in Japan. Coding is seen by many as the ‘new literacy’, a subject as important as English or Maths. It is a language that children need to learn to speak and think in. Combining English language and computer skills empowers children with critical skills, creativity and imagination for their future. The daily sessions will involve students learning about coding through English using either Cubetto or BBC micro:bit.
BBC micro:bit [for Primary 3-4]
BBC micro:bit is a tiny programmable computer designed for children to make learning coding easy and fun. The micro:bit lessons help students:
- Learn about the principles of computer programming
- Use micro:bit to code a number of programs
- Incorporate new vocabulary and grammar into their English
- Participate in project-based learning to enhance their confidence in their abilities
- Enjoy activities designed to help them to advance in all areas of English.
Cubetto [for Primary 1-2]
Cubetto is a robot that introduces basic concepts of coding. Rather than using a computer, students use blocks to program the robot via remote control. Combining and sequencing the blocks allows learners to create programs for the robot to follow. Cubetto introduces a host of programming concepts, including ‘algorithms’, ‘the queue’, ‘debugging’, and ‘recursions’. By removing unfamiliar distractions such as screens and keyboards, students can learn to write and execute programs while seeing the outcomes physically.