About these courses

Kindergarten 1

In this course students will develop their phonic awareness and learn to recognise and pronounce 2-3 letter combinations. Students will be introduced to high frequency 'tricky words' with irregular spellings and begin to distinguish some spelling patterns. By the end of the course they will be able to write and read short sentences accurately.

Show and Tell discussions will continue to play a pivotal role in developing speaking confidence and socialisation skills.

Kindergarten 1 (Learning Time with Shaun and Timmy)

We also offer an innovative approach to Early Years English learning. “Learning Time with Shaun and Timmy” is themed around the world-famous children’s film and TV characters, Shaun the Sheep and lamb of the flock Timmy.

In Kindergarten 1, learners will continue their phonics development by progressing to blending letters to begin to make more complex sounds and words. At this level, children will bolster their phonics skills with the introduction of a second approach to teaching literacy - guided reading. Learners will begin to read their guided reading books in class in small groups based on reading ability. Each week, learners will bring home a different and progressively more complex book to practise their reading strategies as well as their letter blending.

Classes will also continue to develop speaking and listening skills through interactive and multisensory activities.

Kindergarten 2

By the end of K2, students will be ready to begin P1.

They will have a firm grasp of the Jolly Phonics sounds and will be moving towards becoming independent readers. They will develop their comprehension skills through story-related activities and be able to write simple paragraphs. Weekly spelling tests, that cover course content and irregular spellings, will help to enhance their literacy.

As with our other pre-school courses, Show and Tell sessions will continue on a weekly basis. In the second half of term, students will be asked to focus on the books they are reading with the aim of improving both their comprehension skills and speaking confidence.

Kindergarten 2 (Learning Time with Shaun and Timmy)

We also offer an innovative approach to Early Years English learning. “Learning Time with Shaun and Timmy” is themed around the world-famous children’s film and TV characters, Shaun the Sheep and lamb of the flock Timmy.

In Kindergarten 2, learners continue to review phonics and follow a guided reading program to improve literacy in order to be ready for Primary 1 and general learning at school. Students use the reading and critical thinking strategies taught in this level and the previous Timmy levels to begin to build on their knowledge of sight and high frequency words, develop an awareness of spelling rules and generalisations and use common word patterns, sight words and phonic awareness to develop an independent reading ability.

 

OUR CURRICULUM

Pre-school enrichment is a 4-year programme ranging from N1 to K2. Our ultimate objective is to prepare our learners to enter P1 as confident and creative users of English. To achieve this we focus on developing their literacy skills and building their speaking confidence. We understand that genuine learning only happens when our learners are able to grasp the meaning of the passages they are reading. Therefore, comprehension tasksplay a key role in developing this integral part of the reading process.

OUR TEACHERS

Our teachers are qualified, experienced English language practitioners who bring a caring and compassionate approach to teaching pre-school learners. In addition, we provide regular personalised feedback to parents to inform them of their child’s progress.

COURSE OUTCOMES

Our classes will give your child the speaking and literacy skills required to enter P1 with confidence. By the end of the pre-school programme we aim to have our learners reading with greater confidence and fluency

Where is this course taught?

Calendar and pricing

Courses available are for both Kindergarten 1 and 2. 

Weekday classes

Napier Road

Terms 3 - 4 (June - November 2017)

Levels Date Days Time Fees
K1 29 Jun - 16 Nov Thu 17.30 - 19.15 S$1,625.00
K1 30 Jun - 17 Nov Fri 17.30 - 19.15 S$1,625.00
K2 29 Jun - 16 Nov Thu 17.30 - 19.15 S$1,625.00
K2 30 Jun - 17 Nov Fri 17.30 - 19.15 S$1,625.00

Marsiling

Terms 3 - 4 (June - November 2017)

Levels Date Days Time Fees
K1 28 Jun – 15 Nov Wed 16.30 - 18.15 S$1,545.00
K1 29 Jun - 16 Nov Thu 17.30 - 19.15 S$1,625.00
K2 27 Jun - 14 Nov Tue 17.30 - 19.15 S$1,625.00
K2 28 Jun – 15 Nov Wed 16.30 - 18.15 S$1,545.00
K2 30 Jun – 17 Nov Fri 16.30 - 18.15 S$1,625.00

Tampines

Terms 3 - 4 (June - November 2017)

Levels Date Days Time Fees
K1 28 Jun - 15 Nov Wed 16.30 - 18.15 S$1,545.00
K1 29 Jun - 16 Nov Thu 16.30 - 18.15 S$1,625.00
K2 28 Jun - 15 Nov Wed 16.30 - 18.15 S$1,545.00
K2 29 Jun - 16 Nov Thu 16.30 - 18.15 S$1,625.00

Toa Payoh

Terms 3 - 4 (June - November 2017)

Levels Date Days Time Fees
K1 29 Jun - 16 Nov Thu 16.30 - 18.15 S$1,625.00
K1 30 Jun - 17 Nov Fri 16.30 - 18.15 S$1,625.00
K2 29 Jun - 16 Nov Thu 16.30 - 18.15 S$1,625.00

Weekend classes

Napier Road

Terms 3 - 4 (July - November 2017)

Levels Date Days Time Fees
K1 01 Jul – 18 Nov Sat 09.00 - 10.45 S$1,725.00
K1 01 Jul – 18 Nov Sat 11.00 - 12.45 S$1,725.00
K1 01 Jul – 18 Nov Sat 13.30 - 15.15 S$1,725.00
K1 01 Jul – 18 Nov Sat 15.30 - 17.15 S$1,725.00
K1 02 Jul – 19 Nov  Sun 09.00 - 10.45 S$1,725.00
K1 02 Jul – 19 Nov  Sun 11.00 - 12.45 S$1,725.00
K1 02 Jul – 19 Nov  Sun 13.30 - 15.15 S$1,725.00
K2 01 Jul – 18 Nov Sat 09.00 - 10.45 S$1,725.00
K2 01 Jul – 18 Nov Sat 11.00 - 12.45 S$1,725.00
K2 01 Jul – 18 Nov Sat 13.30 - 15.15 S$1,725.00
K2 01 Jul – 18 Nov Sat 15.30 - 17.15 S$1,725.00
K2 02 Jul – 19 Nov  Sun 09.00 - 10.45 S$1,725.00
K2 02 Jul – 19 Nov  Sun 11.00 - 12.45 S$1,725.00
K2 02 Jul – 19 Nov  Sun 13.30 - 15.15 S$1,725.00

Marsiling

Terms 3 - 4 (July - November 2017)

Levels Date Days Time Fees
K1 01 Jul – 18 Nov Sat 11.00 - 12.45 S$1,725.00
K1 02 Jul – 19 Nov  Sun 13.30 - 15.15 S$1,725.00
K2 01 Jul – 18 Nov Sat 13.30 - 15.15 S$1,725.00
K2 01 Jul – 18 Nov Sat 15.30 - 17.15 S$1,725.00
K2 02 Jul – 19 Nov  Sun 11.00 - 12.45 S$1,725.00

Tampines

Terms 3 - 4 (July - November 2017)

Levels Date Days Time Fees
K1 01 Jul - 18 Nov Sat 09.00 - 10.45 S$1,725.00
K1 01 Jul - 18 Nov Sat 11.00 - 12.45 S$1,725.00
K1 01 Jul - 18 Nov Sat 13.30 - 15.15 S$1,725.00
K1 02 Jul - 19 Nov Sun 09.00 - 10.45 S$1,725.00
K1 02 Jul - 19 Nov Sun 11.05 - 12.50 S$1,725.00
K2 01 Jul - 18 Nov Sat 09.00 - 10.45 S$1,725.00
K2 01 Jul - 18 Nov Sat 11.00 - 12.45 S$1,725.00
K2 01 Jul - 18 Nov Sat 13.30 - 15.15 S$1,725.00
K2 02 Jul - 19 Nov Sun 09.00 - 10.45 S$1,725.00
K2 02 Jul - 19 Nov Sun 11.05 - 12.50 S$1,725.00

Toa Payoh

Terms 3 - 4 (July - November 2017)

Levels Date Days Time Fees
K1 01 Jul - 18 Nov Sat 09.00 - 10.45 S$1,725.00
K1 01 Jul - 18 Nov Sat 11.00 - 12.45 S$1,725.00
K1 01 Jul - 18 Nov Sat 13.30 - 15.15 S$1,725.00
K1 02 Jul - 19 Nov Sun 09.00 - 10.45 S$1,725.00
K1 02 Jul - 19 Nov Sun 11.00 - 12.45 S$1,725.00
K2 01 Jul - 18 Nov Sat 09.00 - 10.45 S$1,725.00
K2 01 Jul - 18 Nov Sat 11.00 - 12.45 S$1,725.00
K2 01 Jul - 18 Nov Sat 13.30 - 15.15 S$1,725.00
K2 02 Jul - 19 Nov Sun 09.00 - 10.45 S$1,725.00
K2 02 Jul - 19 Nov Sun 11.00 - 12.45 S$1,725.00
K2 02 Jul - 19 Nov Sun 13.30 - 15.15 S$1,725.00

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

My child’s regular pre-school is also using Jolly Phonics. Isn’t it unnecessary to repeat the same curriculum during enrichment?

Jolly Phonics is a recognised programme for teaching phonics that is used throughout the UK. We believe that it provides the building blocks required to enable your child to recognise the sounds of English. The repetition of using the Jolly Phonics system on our enrichment programme will help your child to become more familiar with the sounds and in turn, lead to greater confidence as a reader.  

Will my child be able to read after joining British Council classes?

Our range of pre-school courses will provide your child with the necessary skills to become a confident reader by the end of pre-school. These range from the learning and pronunciation of individual phonics to the application of simple reading strategies to enhance the understanding of a text.

My child has a limited understanding of English, will he/she be able to join classes?

Our pre-school courses are inclusive and we accept learners who have little grounding in English at N2 and K1 levels. The teacher monitors each child’s progress in the class and should they experience any difficulties, parents will be contacted and advised accordingly. 

For a child joining K2, we conduct a short placement test to check that the learners have a sound grasp of the basic phonic units. Without a grasp of these units, it would prove challenging for them to attain any sort of fluency by the conclusion of the course.

My child finds reading difficult. How can your programme help him?

Our programme provides your child with a rich learning environment that makes reading a fun experience. Interactive activities that highlight and explore phonics are central to our lessons and ensure that your child becomes fully engaged in reading. In addition to classroom activities, your child will be given a story book to take home each week and from K2 they will also be given a guided reader to further encourage their literacy skills. 

What is unique about studying with the British Council?

  • High Calibre Teachers: All of our teachers have recognised teaching qualifications and are experienced pre-school professionals. In addition, we run regular training sessions to ensure that our teachers are acquainted with the latest developments in pre-school teaching.
  • An International Environment: Students meet teachers and staff from across the world, exposing them to different accents and ideas.
  • Close Home-School Links: You will receive a welcome email from the teacher in addition to parent meetings and progress reports. We encourage you to communicate regularly with the teacher through these channels.