British Council launch new online series with Aardman

Thursday 30 March 2017

 

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.

Notes to Editor

Notes to Editors: For more information, contact thomas.niblett@britishcouncil.org or tel: 020 7389 3175

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 16 per cent of our turnover which last year was £973 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.

For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org You can also keep in touch with the British Council through http://twitter.com/britishcouncil and http://blog.britishcouncil.org  

About Aardman

Aardman, based in Bristol (UK) co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, series, advertising and digital entertainment for both the domestic and international market. Their multi-award winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm that reflects the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the very special people who make up the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning and amusing independent and commercial productions www.aardman.com