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
- 20 hours in class per week plus 5 additional hours linked to the BROWNS Accelerate program which includes learner centered review and language activities completed off campus
- Age-specific outcomes and teaching techniques
- Each level is ten weeks in duration
- A coursebook is used in addition to subject specific materials
- 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 in 2023*, however students are encouraged to commence on the following start dates (20 week program):
- 20th February 2023 to start school in Term 3, 2023
- 15th May 2023 to start school in Term 4, 2023
- 21st August 2023 to start school in Term 1, 2024
*Excluding public holidays and school closure periods (click here)
*Indicative only. Students may be permitted to start on any Monday as approved by the Head Director of Studies.
* Term dates are for Education Queensland International (EQI) schools. Independent and Catholic school dates may vary slightly.
On your first day, you will be placed into one of the following schedules: Click here to see all Sample Schedules.
11:20 - 13:20Storytime: Reading aloud to children: prepositions and locating key objectsPhonics: /D/ (as in 'dog') Spelling Phonics: /I/ and /D/ Jazz chants THRASSListening: Part 2: Answer questions about a place, trip, party etcMusic: Learning rhyme and songs about time.Storytime: Reading aloud to children with a focus on time expressions.
|Outcomes||I can use the verb to be for 2-3 functional sentences. I can write the days of the week. I can talk about my Personal possessions to a partner. I can use prepositions (behind; in front of; next to) to describe the location of objects in a room.|
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
|10:50-11:20||MORNING TEA BREAK|
|Outcomes||I can spell 15 words with /a/ short vowel. I can listen and enjoy a story book. I can listen to information presented and understand key information to answer questions|
|13:20||PARENT PICK UP|
|Accelerate (Offsite)||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|
*Sample timetable should be used as a guide only. Subject to change without notice.