Junior Academic Study Program is an exceptional primary school course programme for young learners, which fully integrates English language learning with a full curriculum of subjects of British primary school. The course is designed to help young students who look for a fun way of developing their subject knowledge and confidence, while improving their language skills and to be better able in future to follow a course of academic study delivered in English.
Students will have 20 hours of lessons a week plus sports and Personal Best tutor time during the school day. The course covers full range of subjects (English, mathematics, science, social studies and arts) offered as part of the British primary curriculum. Lessons are cross-curricular, where students will study a topic or participate in a project which combines different subjects. Students will be taught by experienced primary school teachers and supported by experienced teachers of English.
The course fully integrates English language learning and academic subject study through European ground-breaking teaching method – Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), an approach for learning content through a foreign language (English), thus teaching both the subject and the language. The course aims to help students to achieve their personal best in every subject, and the main learning styles are learning through hearing, learning through seeing and learning through doing. Students are encouraged to set targets and to keep a diary and folder of their work. Through praise and encouragement we will help students to see how far they have come and how much they can do if they continue to work hard. Students are assessed on academic performance and attitude towards learning in lessons and this assessment is documented in the student’s weekly report.
In the afternoons and during the weekends students will enjoy an action packed social and leisure programme, cultural visits and trips to complement the academic programme. They will Clip’nClimb in Weston Super Mare, crazy golf at the world-famous Cheddar Gorge, explore the caves at Wookey Hole, go tobogganing at Mendip Outdoors and visit SS Great Britain, as well as visiting UK’s popular tourist destinations. In addition, students will benefit from integration with local British children through shared lessons and activities as well as opportunities for free play. This is a wonderful opportunity for international students to practice speaking English with native speakers and making friends with children from the UK.
Junior Academic Study Program consists of a well-balanced programme of academic tuition, activities, sports and excursions. The weekly programme includes:
- 20 hours of English and academic tuition per week
- Personal Best tutor time
- Afternoon, evening and weekend sports and activity programme
- Joint activities with local British children
- 2 full days and 1 half-day trips and excursions per week
- Maximum class size of 12 students (typically 10 students per class)
- London Heathrow airport transfers (09:00 – 17:00 on arrival/departure days)
- Optional Extras: Horse-riding £55/hour; Golf £100/hour; Premium rooms £50 per week.
Activities and Excursions:
British Education encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work in order to fostering students awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena. The social programme of the course is designed to incorporate aspects of the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) strand of the IB Diploma.
- Creativity includes a wide range of arts activities. Students will be able to participate in digital media, textiles, drama, bracelet making, cooking, model making, art competitions, circus skills, quizzes and photography.
- Action includes participation in individual and team sports, including football, cricket, volleyball, basketball, badminton, tennis, paint-balling, archery, fencing, swimming, hiking, orienteering, canoeing, water zorbing, sports competition, driving, survival skills and abseiling.
- Service encompasses community and social service activities. Students could be involved in helping to organise fun charity events to raise money. For these events students worked as a team and developed leadership and organisational skills.
In addition, excursions are a vital part of the summer experience for international students to gain a cultural understanding of the UK alongside academic study. Students will have 2 fully day and 1 half day excursion each week to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The followings are structured leisure programmes including sports, evening activities and weekend trips.
The sample timetable below is a typical weekly Junior Academic Study Program.
[Sidcot School, Bristol]
*Shipmates is a Holiday Club based at Sidcot School for local UK children aged 5-12 during the summer.
Students stay in Sidcot School boarding houses with single and double rooms. Girls and boys are accommodated in separate boarding houses which are close to both the classrooms and dining room. A team of friendly staff will stay with the students to look after them in the evenings and is on duty throughout the night. The Sidcot School nurse is also on call twenty-four hours a day.
Well balanced, nutritious three cooked meals a day are provided in the college refectory. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Excellent sports facilities including a swimming pool, good IT facilities and wireless access throughout the campus, a library, a new creative arts block with extensive drama, art and music facilities. There are students’ lounges, kitchens and laundry facilities in the accommodation.
Laundry is done once a week. All bed linen is provided and is laundered once a week. Towels are not provided
Sidcot School at Bristol is a British independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 – 18 established in 1699. It is one of seven Quaker schools in England.
The School is situated in glorious Somerset countryside, the south-west of England. On the edge of the village of Winscombe, Sidcot benefits from being situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty whilst being within easy access of the two major cultural centres or Bristol and Bath. The coast at Weston-super-Mare is 8 miles away.
Students are encouraged to be outward looking and adventurous, to participate fully in the life of the school and to be of service to the community. The focus is put on finding the best in everyone. With the belief that there is ‘that of God’ in every person, the Quaker philosophy to education aims to ensure that:
- Every learner is approached with optimism
- Individuals are encouraged to believe in their own ‘immense potential’
- Learning happens most creatively when relationships are based on mutual respect
- Methods of discipline are based on trust, mutual support and a desire to promote the positive
- Responsibility is encouraged, as is questioning, exploration, honesty and openness.
Sidcot School is always pride of offering a range of extra-curricular activities with excitement, diversity, challenge and rigour within a safe and supportive framework. ‘PASS’ (Programme of Activities for Sidcot School) is a very special co-curricular initiative based on key values of integrity, stewardship, self-reflection, adventure and community. A range of exciting activities are embedded at the heart of the curriculum and are focused on bringing these values to life. Every Year Group will be involved in a unique and tailored range of activities every Wednesday afternoon throughout the year.