The British Council and Academy Award® winning studio Aardman are set to release a new and exclusive educational online series for early years English language learners.
The Learning Time with Timmy series, featuring the beloved character Timmy, from the Shaun the Sheep movie has been developed by the studio famous for producing such films as Wallace & Gromit, Flushed Away and Chicken Run, on a curriculum developed by the British Council.
This new collaboration is the latest addition to the innovative Learning Time with Shaun & Timmy portfolio which combines the studio’s renowned characters with the British Council’s expertise in delivering English language learning for two-six year olds around the world.
By the end of 2017, learning centres and pop-ups will be available in Singapore, Chile, Mexico, Egypt, Spain, Bahrain, Morocco, UAE, and Ukraine.
Aardman and the British Council will launch the YouTube channel this summer with new content rolling out on a weekly basis.
The 26 Learning Time with Timmy episodes will feature alongside fun, informative and engaging bonus content. The content is flexible and can be tailored to optimise the learning experience according to the specific requirements in different countries.
Anna Searle, Director of English at the British Council said: “The British Council and Aardman have been working together to offer young children all over the world a fun and memorable way of learning English. The new series builds upon the success of the partnership to date and will further engage young children in activities in English. The partnership is a perfect blend of the fun and creativity of Aardman’s characters and the British Council’s English language teaching expertise”.
The partnership began in 2014 with specially developed Learning Time with Shaun & Timmy courses delivered at themed centres in Singapore, Chile and Mexico.
In 2016 the teaching was expanded by developing “pop-up learning centres” to enable greater reach around the world. The portfolio also includes three Learning Time with Timmy apps designed to develop cognitive skills and English language development in young children.