Overview

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: 1-40 weeks, depending on the level and age of your child.

Campus: This course is available at any of our two campuses: Brisbane and Gold Coast

Course Description:

  • 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 to Intermediate level of English
  • Appropriate for age turning 6 years old up to 11 years old
  • Student visa , Visitor visa or Dependent visa

CRICOS Code: 094632A


ASSESSMENT & START DATES

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:

Recommended Start Dates
Term Start BROWNS Start Date BROWNS Finish Date BROWNS Weeks
Term 1, 2018
22/01/2018
03/07/2017 12/01/2018 30
21/08/2017 12/01/2018 20
30/10/2017 12/01/2018 10
Term 2, 2018
16/04/2018
03/07/2017 23/03/2018 40
21/08/2017 23/03/2018 30
30/10/2017 23/03/2018 20
15/01/2018 23/03/2018 10
Term 3, 2018
16/07/2018
21/08/2017 01/06/2018 40
30/10/2017 01/06/2018 30
29/01/2018 15/06/2018 20
09/04/2018 15/06/2018 10
Term 4, 2018
08/10/2018
30/10/2017 10/08/2018 40
29/01/2018 24/08/2018 30
09/04/2018 24/08/2018 20
18/06/2018 24/08/2018 10
Term 1, 2019
28/01/2019
09/04/2018 18/01/2019 40
18/06/2018 18/01/2019 30
09/04/2018 27/08/2019 20
05/11/2018 18/01/2019 10
Term 2, 2019
22/04/2019
18/06/2018 29/03/2019 40
27/08/2018 29/03/2019 30
05/11/2018 29/03/2019 20
21/01/2019 29/03/2019 10
Term 3, 2019
15/07/2019
27/08/2018 07/06/2019 40
05/11/2018 07/06/2019 30
21/01/2019 07/06/2019 20
01/04/2019 07/06/2019 10
Term 4, 2019
07/10/2019
05/11/2018 16/08/2019 40
21/01/2019 16/08/2019 30
01/04/2019 16/08/2019 20
10/06/2019 16/08/2019 10
Term 1, 2020
27/01/2020
01/04/2019 17/01/2020 40
10/06/2019 17/01/2020 30
19/08/2019 17/01/2020 20
28/10/2019 17/01/2020 10
* Indicative only. Students may be permitted to start on any Monday as approved by the Head Director of Studies.
** School dates are subject to change and may vary slightly from school to school.

Timetable

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.
Coursebook:
Using prepositions to describe the location of objects
Coursebook:
Reading focus; information about joining a club and learning new activities
Coursebook:
Tell the time and functional language expressions)
Coursebook:
Write sentences describing your daily routine
9:50– 10:00 MORNING TEA BREAK
10:00– 11:00 Preparation for Cambridge English: Young Learners: Movers
(MON/WED/FRI)
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
(TUE/THUR)
Phonics: /I/ (as in 'kitten')
Spelling
Phonics: /D/ (as in 'dog')
Spelling
Phonics: /I/ and /D/ Jazz chants
THRASS
11:00– 11:10 MORNING TEA BREAK
11:10– 12:10 English story time and Literature
(MON/WED)
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)
(TUE/THUR/FRI)
Art: My Bedroom (drawing / collage) Drama: Role Play - What time does ….? Music: Learning rhyme and songs about time.
12:10– 1:10 LUNCH BREAK
1:10– 2:10 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
2:10– 2:20 AFTERNOON TEA BREAK
14:20 – 15:20 Accelerate / Play-Based learning Diary Entry and Review Review, consolidation and practice Physical Education Physical Education: Game based activity: What's the time Mr Wolf? Diary Writing
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.

Government Schools

Queensland Government schools provide students with a wide range of high quality study pathways.
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
Somerset
(Boys and Girls School)
Somerset
Kings Christian College
(Boys and Girls School)
Kings Christian College
Trinity Lutheran College
(Girls School)
Trinity Lutheran College

Testimonials

Testimonials

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