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Your child will learn naturally through play and Timmy’s stories

Introducing English to your child between the ages of four and six allows them to learn the language when it comes to them most naturally.

The British Council’s early years specialists have designed Learning Time with Timmy to be fun and engaging for your child. Our approach to learning nurtures your child’s creativity, critical thinking and social skills as they learn English. It boosts their self-confidence and helps them develop communication skills and good pronunciation. Find out more about how we teach.

We have partnered with Aardman animation studios because the stories of their world-famous character Timmy, star of Timmy Time, enable your child to learn new words in context. Timmy and his friends will capture your child’s imagination. This connection deepens their engagement in the learning process. It gives your child a more memorable and motivating experience, and a stronger foundation in English.

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Course overview

Levels Beginner, Elementary
Course fees From €210
Course length 50 hours per academic year, one and a half hours a week

Age

Aged 4–5, your child will:

  • build confidence in speaking and singing in English through interacting with others
  • develop and build their vocabulary
  • continue to lay foundations for developing literacy in English.

They will do this by:

  • expressing themself in English
  • by saying the alphabet, counting to 15 and using number names in play, talking about the size of everyday objects, e.g. ‘big’ and ‘small’
  • joining in with familiar songs and stories in English by using pictures and props, and being able to recall and anticipate key events
  • extending vocabulary by grouping and naming objects
  • giving meaning to the marks they make as they draw, write and paint
  • using three fingers (tripod grip) to hold writing tools when ready
  • counting and recording using marks they can interpret and explain
  • looking at similarities, differences, patterns and change
  • recognising and reciting numbers in order up to 15, and using some number names in play.

Aged 5–6, your child will:

  • increase confidence to speak in sentences in English by playing with stories
  • develop creativity and begin to express their own ideas
  • develop literacy skills to begin reading and writing in preparation for primary level.

They will do this by:

  • describing, imitating and changing familiar stories
  • inventing stories and expressing them through art, drama, dance, movement, information technology or writing
  • being aware of their own feelings and describing some of them
  • describing themself and expressing preferences and opinions
  • forming recognisable letters and attempting to write short sentences
  • extending vocabulary by grouping and naming objects
  • linking sounds to letters, beginning to segment sounds in simple words and blending them together to read
  • recognising numbers and counting up to 20
  • counting items in two or three groups, and recording them using marks they can interpret and explain
  • ordering familiar events in stories and familiar steps in everyday tasks
  • recreating roles and experiences in play situations.

Our promise to you

If we need to close the teaching centre in line with government guidelines:

  • we guarantee that your child’s classes will continue online
  • online classes will include the same number of hours as face-to-face classes
  • online classes will be with the same teacher, the same classmates and at the same time.

Study options

Centre Day Time
Kolonaki Teaching Centre Saturday 09.00–10.30
11.00–12.30
13.00–14.30
Kifisia Teaching Centre Saturday 10.00–11.30
12.00–13.30

For information about the academic calendar and holidays, please see our Kolonaki Teaching Centre and Kifisia Teaching Centre pages.

Exact timetable will depend on level/age. Course dates and times will be confirmed when you register.

Fees 2020–21*

  • One payment of €725 per year (one year is two semesters) for registrations on or before 31 July 2020 or
  • One full payment of €395 per semester or
  • Two payments of €210 per semester

* We offer a discount to the younger brothers and sisters of registered students, up to a maximum of two discounts per family after the early bird period.

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