With Learning Time with Timmy
we’re looking to help children, first of all, be ready for primary school
with the English language that they need.
But more than that, get them ready for a future in a global world.
We want every child to fulfil their full potential
and so we give them a range of learning tools to do that.
Introducing English to learners aged between two and six
means that learning languages comes much more naturally to them.
Young children are born curious
and what we’ve done at the British Council
is that we’ve tapped into the natural curiosity.
The Learning Time with Timmy curriculum
is developed by our experienced specialists in
and English as an additional language
who also understand that every child
is unique in the way that they learn.
Aardman are a high profile
Oscar-winning British animation company
recognised all over the world
for their distinctive and family-friendly animation style.
We approached Aardman to partner with us
because Timmy’s stories are the perfect way
to bring our English teaching to life
and engage early learners.
We create a safe, happy and relaxed learning environment
set in Timmy’s world
where the learners feel uninhibited
and secure and relaxed
so that they can communicate without worry.
[My son] has been here for two years now
and he’s got a good vocabulary for his age.
He’s able to understand us
when we talk to him in English
so it’s great
Our interactive and play-based approach
nurtures children's creativity, critical thinking
while they learn English naturally
with good pronunciation.
We take inspiration from
the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage.
In the Learning Time with Timmy classroom
the children learn English in a very natural way
through activities such as stories,
songs, games, arts and crafts, videos, drama
and we set up very purposeful play activities
that engage them and help them to learn in a natural way.
[My daughter] starts to recognise all the colours.
She starts saying them in English,
saying something “is blue, it’s red”.
She sings along to lots of songs
like ‘Wheels on the Bus’ and ‘Incy Wincy Spider’.
She likes to play it out like ‘Incy Wincy Spider’.
She loves that sort of thing.
She didn’t used to do that, now she’s really starting to…
she likes talking in English because it’s fun for her,
here at school.
Children aren’t afraid to make mistakes
and so they have this playful approach
to learning a language.
Some children may not even realise that they’re learning a language,
so that’s another benefit.
When children are exposed to the sounds of English
from a very young age
a there’s this window of opportunity
that they have to reproduce those sounds in a very authentic way.
I love Timmy!I love Timmy! Yeah!
I love Timmy!
Their happy memories of the experience
will help them to build a stronger foundation in English
and a positive attitude to learning.