This Summer, we are running a 10-day English course for young learners age 6-12 (suitable for Japanese elementary school years 1-6) using the British Council’s original Primary Plus programme. Students have the chance to study with us for six hours each day, learning English, coding and creating art to submit to the British Council global art competition. Primary Plus is based on the principle of effective teaching in a positive environment. 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.
About Primary Plus
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
To build these key skills, children will practice tackling real-life problems, working in groups, crafting researched answers and innovative solutions. They will communicate and engage with a variety of media. This will lead your child to work collaboratively with other children as well as to become more self-directed.
Primary Plus basic course information
We are offering courses at Primary Plus levels 1 to 4, with placement according to the English ability of students. Students must have the minimum English-Language proficiency.
Minimum entrance requirements
- able to write and recognise all the names and sounds of letters Aa-Zz in upper and lower-case.
- able to read and say simple, phonically-regular words.
- write their own names.
- able to attempt to spell phonically-regular words
- familiar with basic greetings and able to follow simple classroom instructions (sit down, stand up, listen, open your booklet etc).
British Council Primary Plus offers a wide range of topics for students to learn about and learn English through. Possible topics for this summer’s courses are detailed for each level. Course topics will be finalised after we talk to your children when placement-testing them, and finding out what their interests are and which subjects will most motivate them to learn.
General: Students are expected to expand their range of vocabulary and knowledge of grammatical structures and develop good pronunciation. Writing and reading skills are developed beyond classroom activities, with a focus on the wider social and communicative aspects of the present. There is also a strong desire to have learners become aware of their learning by presenting learning aims in age-appropriate ways, and to reflect on what they have learned and what they wish to improve through self-assessment upon completion of each module.
Coding in English
In 2020, MEXT plans to make coding a compulsory part of students’ education at Elementary School. 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 for their future. One of the daily sessions will involve students learning about coding through English using either Cubetto or micro:bit.
Students will use the BBC micro:bit – a tiny programmable computer designed for children to make learning coding easy and fun.
The micro:bit lessons in Summer Plus 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.
Learning to code at Summer School (British Council Spain)
Primary Plus 1 students will use Cubetto, a robot that introduces basic concepts of coding. Rather than using a computer, students use blocks to program the robot via remote control. Combing 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.
Every year the British Council holds an art competition for our young learners aged up to 15 years. We are excited to announce another competition for entries to our 2020 calendar. The theme for this year’s Young Learners' Art Competition is: Space. A space theme was chosen as it is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing Students will have a chance to create and submit a piece of art to the British Council Global Young Learners’ Art Competition.
Students will receive language input and practice related to the topic and will have the chance to make a piece of artwork related to the topic. They will display their work and the best three pieces will be submitted to the Global Art Competition. The winners and runners up of the competition will also receive a prize for their work!
Date and time:
Student can choose 1 week (15 hours) or 2 weeks (30 hours)
- Week 1: Monday 22 July - Friday 26 July 2019, 9.00-16.00 (including 30 minutes break & 1-hour lunch) 6 hours x 5 days, total 30 hours
- Week 2: Monday 29 July - Friday 2 August 2019, 9.00-16.00 (including 30 minutes break & 1-hour lunch) 6hours x 5 days, total 30 hours
- Week 1 + Week 2: Monday 22 July - Friday 2 August 2019, 9.00-16.00 (including 30 minutes break & 1-hour lunch) 6 hours x 10 days, Total 60 hours
- 1 week: 117,000JPY (excl.tax) Materials included. No registration fee required.
- 2 weeks: 210,600JPY (excl.tax) Materials included. No registration fee required.*
*10% discount if you register for 2 weeks before the start of week 1.
Age: The child must be 6-12 years old when the course starts on 22 July 2019. (Suitable for Japanese elementary school years 1-6)
Venue: British Council (Iidabashi, Tokyo)
How to register
If your child satisfies course requirements for age and minimum English ability, please book our free placement test *. We will give you the registration information after the test.
The child must be accompanied by parent or guardian when they arrive for placement testing and during the time when waiting for the placement test to begin. The child must be accompanied by their parent or guardian when leaving at the end of placement testing.
*Placement test: Brief reading and speaking test
*Booking a level placement slot does not ensure you will have an automatic space on the course. For example, classes may already be full or there may be no suitable options for your child. In these cases, we will provide you with alternative options to study with the British Council where possible.
Safety and supervision
We regard all students below the age of 18 as children, according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989. We take our responsibilities towards the children in our care very seriously and we endeavour to make the British Council as safe as possible.
However, we are in a public building which anyone can enter. Parents or guardians should stay with their child until either the class teacher or designated teaching assistant arrives in the classroom.
As we are unable to supervise any children outside class time, we ask parents to ensure that students are dropped off and collected on time before and after classes.
British Council regulations mean that no child can leave the building unaccompanied after class each day. Children must be collected by a parent or nominated guardian. We cannot make any exceptions to this rule.
British Council English Teaching Centre (Tue-Fri 9.30-20.30, Sat&Sun 9.30-17.00)