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 40 weeks, depending on the level, age of your child and visa type

Campus: This course is available at: Brisbane (Ann Street and Adelaide Street) and Gold Coast (Parklands and Marshall Lane) campuses

Course Description:

  • Monday to Friday
  • 5 hours of class time per day, which includes physical education, review hours and diary writing time
  • Two age groups (6-7 and 8-11) with four levels for each from A0-B1
  • Each group has age specific outcomes and teaching techniques
  • 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

Entry Requirements:

  • Beginner English language level or above
  • Appropriate for age turning 6 years old up to 11 years old
  • Student visa , Visitor visa or Dependent visa

Mode of Study: On-campus

CRICOS Code: 094632A


Progressive Assessment

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.

Start Dates

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

*Excluding public holidays and school closure periods (click here)



Sample Timetable

Time Week 1 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:50-9:50 General English Language Development Coursebook:
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
10:00– 11:00 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
11:10– 12:10 ACTIVITIES
12:10– 13:10 LUNCH BREAK
13:10– 14:10 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.
Creative Arts (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.

School Activities

BROWNS offers students more than just English language lessons. Students can participate in our free after-school activities which are available exclusively to our Primary School Preparation classes and supervised by our full time Activities Coordinators.

Activities include: Music club, table games, Lego, arts and crafts, free food days, Nintendo Wii, Twister, meet Australian reptiles and more.

  • View our School Activities calendar for BROWNS Brisbane Campus
  • View our School Activities calendar for BROWNS Gold Coast Campus
  • Government Schools

    Queensland Government schools provide students with a wide range of high quality Primary Schools to choose from.
    Safety, support, academic excellence and competitive costs make Queensland Government schools an outstanding choice for an overseas study experience.

    • Primary School (Prep to Year 6)

    The following Queensland Government schools recognise BROWNS Primary School Preparation Program:

    Brisbane Schools

    Gold Coast Schools

    Independent Schools

    The following Queensland Independent schools recognise BROWNS Primary School Preparation Program:

    Brisbane Schools

    St Aidan’s
    (Girls School)
    St Aidan’s
    Clayfield College
    (Girls School with Boarding)
    Clayfield College
    Brisbane Boys College
    (Boys School)
    Brisbane Boys College
    Canterbury College
    (Boys and Girls School)
    Canterbury College

    Gold Coast Schools

    The Southport School
    (Boys School with Boarding)
    The Southport School
    St Hilda’s School
    (Girls School with Boarding)
    St Hilda’s School
    (Boys and Girls School)
    Kings Christian College
    (Boys and Girls School)
    Kings Christian College
    Trinity Lutheran College
    (Boys and Girls School)
    Trinity Lutheran College



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