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.

Improve your child's learning with our world of English expertise. 

What happens in a typical class?

Each Learning Time with Timmy class follows a similar format to help children feel comfortable and participate to the best of their ability. 

A class may include:

  • Circle time in which the teacher spends time with the children talking about their week and the class.
  • Timmy Time video story which sets the topic for the rest of the lesson.
  • An activity to help the children hear or see the language of the day in use.
  • Timmy Time work sheet to help children to practice motor control for writing and to stimulate topic related conversation.
  • Arts and crafts to help children practice the topic language or to use classroom related language.
  • Phonics to help develop awareness of sound and letter coordination and practice letter formation.

Each child has their own scrapbook in which you can see their activity sheets, art work and beginner writing.

Course overview

Next term

Full year course

Term A: May – October

Term B: October – March

Age 4-6 years

What will my child learn aged 4-5 years?

In this course your child will: 

  • join in with repeated refrains in songs and stories
  • be able to follow a story with pictures or props
  • be aware of the way stories are structured
  • listen to stories with increasing attention and recall and anticipate key events
  • extend vocabulary by grouping and naming objects
  • begin to talk about size of everyday objects, e.g. 'big' and 'small'
  • understand and use some positional language
  • look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change
  • recognise and recite numbers in order to 15 and use some number names accurately in play
  • give meaning to the marks they make as they draw, write and paint
  • use phonics to link sounds to letters
  • use three fingers (tripod grip) to hold writing tools

What will my child learn aged 5-6 years?

In this course stage your child will: 

  • identify and describe main story settings, events and principal characters, and suggest how a story might end 
  • imitate a familiar story
  • order and sequence familiar events in stories and/or familiar steps in an everyday task
  • represent a changed story through chosen form of expression e.g. art, drama, dance/movement, information technology or writing
  • invent a new story and represent it through desired expression
  • extend vocabulary by grouping and naming objects
  • say the number that is one more than a given number and recognise the numerals 1-20
  • find the total number of items in two or three groups, by counting all of them, and record using marks they can interpret and explain
  • be aware of own feelings and describe some of them
  • describe self, identify abilities, and express preferences and opinions
  • recreate roles and experiences in play situations
  • use phonics to link sounds to letters, begin to segment sounds in simple words and blend them together to read
  • use a pencil effectively to form recognisable letters and attempt to write short sentences in meaningful contexts.

Study options

Centre Day Time
Siam Square Saturday & Sunday TBC
Ladprao Saturday & Sunday TBC
Chiang Mai Saturday & Sunday TBC

*Course dates and times will be confirmed when you register.