Our Primary School Preparation Course (PSP) will help your child become confident users of English. The course is aimed at children wishing to move into an Australian Primary school, and would like to start school with a better level of English, or for children who are coming to Australia for a holiday and would like to learn English during their stay.
Primary School Preparation students will learn through an engaging, stimulating, hands-on experience with materials suited to your child's developmental stage. Each level focuses on learner outcomes (language skills development, literacy and literature, web and numeracy) through English, Literature, Pronunciation, CLIL, Creative Arts and also YLE exam practice.
Literature is vital for developing Reading and writing skills, but also vocabulary, grammar and creative and critical thought development. Our PSP classes include use of graded readers which will help them learn how to read, respond, explore and apply learnt concepts.
Pronunciation is taught through a program used and delivered throughout Australian Primary Government Schools (THRASS). This program teaches learners about letters, speech sounds and spelling choices of English. The initial stages of the each level will commence using sight words. These are the most common words in English and are the most important words in learning to read and write.
Every day, an hour is dedicated to English through subject specific topics, or Content Language Integrated Language (CLIL). This includes English through Mathematics, Science (such as biology, animal behaviour and plants), Geography (such as maps, natural landscapes, climate and environment), ICT and Physical Education. There are also three classes per week of Creative Arts, which incorporates visual art, music, drama, song and dance.
Each level will also include samples from the very popular YLE exams. We can also facilitate your child to do this exam through our partners.
Duration: 1 to 41 weeks, depending on the level, age of your child and visa type
- Monday to Friday
- Five hours of class time per day, which includes physical education, review hours and diary writing time
- Each level is ten weeks in duration
- A course book is used for the morning sessions
- Consolidation through continuous practice and review
- Regular progress reports
- Beginner English language level or above
- Appropriate for age turning 6 years old up to 12 years old
- Student visa , Visitor visa or Dependent visa
Mode of Study: On-campus
CRICOS Code: 094632A
ASSESSMENT & START DATES
Progress is determined by formative assessment, achievement of learner outcomes and self-assessment. Students are given 1-5 stars at the end of each week based on performance in each skill area (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), but this focusses on encouragement rather than passing and failing. In addition, each week there 7-10 "can-do" statements in line with aims and outcomes and the children grade themselves based on objectives, giving them a sense of accomplishment; a motivating factor in learning.
Students can commence studies at BROWNS on any Monday*, however students are encouraged to commence on the following start dates:29 April 2019
22 July 2019
28 October 2019
17 February 2020
11 May 2020
24 August 2020
*Excluding public holidays and school closure periods (click here)
On your first day, you will be placed into one of the following schedules: Click here to see all Sample Schedules.
|8:50-9:50||General English Language Development||
Describing personal possessions. Identify the objects in your backpack.
Using prepositions to describe the location of objects
Reading focus; information about joining a club and learning new activities
Tell the time and functional language expressions
Write sentences describing your daily routine
|9:50-10:00||MORNING TEA BREAK|
Preparation for Cambridge English: Young Learners: Movers
|Listening: Part 1: Match names outside a picture with the people that are inside a picture||Listening: Part 2: Answer questions about a place, trip, party etc.||
Phonics and Pronunciation
Phonics: /I/ (as in 'kitten')
Phonics: /D/ (as in 'dog')
Phonics: /I/ and /D/ Jazz chants
|11:00– 11:10||MORNING TEA BREAK|
|12:10– 13:10||LUNCH BREAK|
English story time and Literature
|Storytime: Reading aloud to children: prepositions and locating key objects (Where's Wally)||Storytime: Reading aloud to children with a focus on time expressions.||
(Arts / Music / Drama)
|Art: My Bedroom (drawing / collage)||Drama: Role Play - What time does ….?||Music: Learning rhyme and songs about time.|
|14:20– 15:20||Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)||Maths - Numbers 1||Geography - Countries||Science 1 - The importance of helping the Environment||Science 2: Biology - the Human Body 1 (internal organs)||ICT - basic computer vocabulary|
|Suggested "Can-Do" statements for the Week||
1. I can talk about my Personal possessions to a partner.
2. I can use prepositions (behind; in front of; next to) to describe the location of objects in a room.
3. I can use Time Phrases to tell the time.
4. I can write basic sentences describing my daily routine
5. I can listen and understand key information and draw lines between corresponding objects.
6. I can listen to information presented and understand key information to answer questions.
7. I can use, understand and spell ten words with the /I/ (kitten/fish/drink/mint) and /D/ sound (got/dog/frog/chocolate/yoghurt).
8. I can identify a variety of new objects/possessions within a text.
9. I can read about daily routines of other children and share and compare my personal experience.
10. I can create a collage of my bedroom and describe the setting to the class.
*Sample timetable should be used as a guide only. Subject to change without notice.