Beloved Timmy Time makes appearance at centre grand opening

Saturday 31 January 2015


  • Timmy celebrated the grand opening of the British Council’s Learning Time with Shaun and Timmy centre on 31 January 2015 with birthday party
  • Learning through play stimulates children’s natural curiosity to explore and discover the world around them.
  • Centre is first of partnership between British Council and Aardman Animations to encourage preschool children to learn the English language using exciting themed classrooms and resources

Worldwide hit animated character Timmyof Timmy Time has officially arrived in Singapore to celebrate the grand opening of new learner centre, Learning Time with Shaun and Timmy– the result of a partnership between the British Council and Aardman Animations.

Located at the heart of Katong within shopping mall 112 Katong, the new centre features exciting themed classrooms and educational resources based on award-winning TV series, Shaun the Sheep and Timmy Time.

Children at the learner centre will be transported into Shaun and Timmy’s world and learn the English language through play in a safe and nurturing environment, with expert teachers specifically trained to cater to the different needs of this younger age group.

As the first of the new learner centres to be based in Asia, Learning Time with Shaun and Timmyis an exciting initiative and draws on the British Council’s years of experience in English Language Teaching to provide sound pedagogical curricula addressing the needs of younger learners.

Commenting on the announcement, British Council Director English, Anna Searle, said: “The British Council is delighted to be working with Aardman Animations to bring a unique learning experience to early years or younger English learners in Singapore. As such a well-loved and well respected British institution, Aardman’s creativity and innovation combined with our expertise in English language teaching is certain to help children in Singapore engage with the English language in a whole new way. We have been teaching English in Singapore since 1957 and now look forward to helping Shaun the Sheep and Timmy Time make their mark in the world of English language learning here too!”

Notes to Editor

Images are available on request.

Aimed at nursery and kindergarten children, the ‘Learning Time with Shaun and Timmy’ offer will give children the chance to join family favourites Shaun and Timmy in their first steps into the English language.

The first learner centre in Asia has opened in Singapore in January 2015, with classes held weekly and operating over four 10 week terms.

The British Council has been teaching the English language in Singapore since 1957 and currently teaches 20,000 students per year via four teaching centres.

Shaun the Sheep made his debut in 1995 in the Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit short film, A Close Shave. Since then he’s gone on to become a global superstar with his show on TV in 170 territories. His first feature length movie will hit cinemas in February 2015. Shaun was recently voted the nation’s best loved BBC children’s character of all time in a survey by the Radio Times: Timmy is the littlest lamb in Shaun’s flock and the star of Timmy Time, the multi-award winning pre-school TV show that debuted on CBeebies in April 2009 and now broadcast in over 150 territories worldwide.


For more information, please contact:

Shawn Galistan
Marketing and Communications Manager
British Council
T: +65 6470 7169


About the British Council

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We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes.

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About Aardman

Aardman, based in Bristol (UK) co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, television series, advertising and digital entertainment for both the domestic and international market. Their multi-award winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm that reflects the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the very special people who make up the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning and amusing independent and commercial productions