Taught by qualified UK teachers.
Living in Switzerland and often attending local school, many native (or near native) speaking children do not have regular opportunities to learn about and practice writing in English.
Writing is often considered the most complicated skill to master in a language, as it combines grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary.
Led by UK qualified primary and early years teacher Anna, the aim of these classes is to offer children who are already confident users of English the opportunity to practice writing in a structured and supportive environment. We explore different genres of writing, developing skills in each area through fun and engaging activities. Genres such as; story writing, non-fiction writing, poetry, opinion and persuasive writing offer a range of text types to discover.
Children are also given weekly spelling lists to learn and are tested the following week.
Writing workshops are open to native and non-native speakers who are confident users of the language and already have some knowledge of reading and writing.
Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 13:30 – 15:30
Thursdays 15:30 - 17:00
These fun afternoon sessions for native and non-native English speakers consist of structured learning which covers literacy, numeracy and themed topics through songs, stories, games, role-play and crafts. These clubs provide a perfect opportunity for native speakers to enjoy and flourish in a learning environment of their own language while non-native speakers will be immersed in the English language
UK English Club
Thursdays 13:30 – 15:30
These afternoon sessions are suitable for children who are native English speakers or those who have a good grasp of the English language. They are perfect for parents who would like their children to keep up with the UK curriculum. We focus mainly on literacy and numeracy and use our expertise to adapt the UK curriculum for the children attending Swiss kindergartens and schools.
Small Group Phonics Classes
We provide small group classes at different levels. Our phonics classes are based on the Letters and Sounds programme used by many schools in the U.K. We teach the children how to identify letter sounds and to blend the sounds to make words. They start by learning letter-sound correspondence and then progress to learning consonant digraphs (sounds made up of 2 letters such as ll and sh) and long vowel sounds (igh or ai). They then go on to learn alternative spelling patterns and are able to read with increasing fluency. The children are able to progress at their own pace and by using many different teaching strategies we ensure that learning to read and write is fun!
We have an excellent range of resources for the children to use including Schofield and Sims Sound phonics books, Dandelion readers and Oxford Reading Tree reading books.