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Junior English Programme
for Ages 8-12 Ages 8-12

Oxford Royale's Junior Summer School 2020
| St Mary's School, Ascot | Uppingham School

An inspiring summer course for students aged 8-12 seeking to improve their spoken and written English language skills, residential in a top UK boarding school.

1, 2, 3, 4 or 5-week programme | Available June - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in a top UK boarding school
  • Linguistically immersive, rigorous study of English, with fun activities for English practice
  • Safe and fun learning and living environment
  • Make new friends in a truly international environment
  • Enjoyable cultural programme, including activities and excursions
  • Improve your English by interacting with native English speakers

Course Summary

The Junior English Programme is designed to provide students aged 8-12 with the incredible opportunity to improve their English in a fun, practical environment. The fundamental areas of speaking, reading, writing and listening will all be explored through a variety of formal study sessions alongside cultural excursions outside of class. The English-speaking environment surrounding students will crucially provide an encouraging and dynamic atmosphere in which to improve their skills.

What to expect from Junior English Programme

The Junior English Programme provides students with over 20 hours per week of tuition and ample opportunity to practise their newfound skills with their peers from all over the world - as well as native English speakers in the UK.

At the core of the Junior English programme is rigorous and extensive tuition by ORA's highly qualified English teachers. Outside of class, students will immerse themselves in a multi-cultural environment and they will develop their ability to communicate with people from different cultures and countries. ORA promotes a coherent and multi-cultural approach to English language learning, actively expanding students’ abilities and encouraging them to share ideas.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • Quickly improved their English skills for general contexts
  • Built their confidence in their use of spoken English
  • Developed their knowledge of English grammar, syntax and vocabulary
  • Improved their English reading and writing skills
  • Discovered the importance of independent learning
  • Gained an insight into various aspects of British culture

Topics covered

Tuition covers all of the key English areas:

  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening


Student learning is maximised in small class sizes. Our EFL teachers are all highly qualified to teach English.

The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s class Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lesson 1: Placement test. Lesson 1: Warmer/Revision- Explain then play “What’s the time Mr. Wolf?”
Story & puzzle
Full day excursion- LEGOLAND Lesson : Warmer/Revision- Past simple questions and answers: discuss the previous day’s excursion
Review of excursion
Lesson 1:Warmer/Revision- Vocab activity focusing on parts of the body
Feelings and health
Lesson 2: Ice-breaker activities
Lesson 2: Language focus- Telling the time
Asking and answering questions about daily routine
Full day excursion- LEGOLAND Lesson 2: Language focus- More practice with times and routines Lesson 2: Language focus
Asking what’s the matter
Making suggestions
Lesson 3:
Language focus- Finish PB
Introduction Asking and answering questions in the present simple- Possessives- Contractions
Lesson 3: Speaking / Pron activities“never / sometimes / always” / tongue twister with “s” sounds
Writing-true and false sentences about your routine
Project work
Full day excursion- LEGOLAND Lesson 3: Speaking
Mingling exercise challenge
Writing-writing about daily routine
Project work
Lesson 3: Speaking-Talking about ailments-
Comparing “o” sounds
Final project presentation
Lesson 4: Speaking / Pron activities
Talking about daily schedule
Project work
Project chosen by teacher
Lesson 4: DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read) Full day excursion- LEGOLAND Lesson 4: DEAR time Lesson 4: DEAR time
Revision activities

Take this course if...

Take this course if you are an Elementary level (A2) English speaker and would like to improve your fluency in an English-speaking environment whilst enjoying a range of additional activities, or aspire to live and study in the UK in the future.

A safe and secure summer in a top British boarding school


Students on our Junior summer school courses study either at Uppingham School or St Mary's School in Ascot, our two outstanding Junior summer school venues for 2020. Students will enjoy the facilities of their venue, with extensive grounds and well-equipped learning spaces. Courses at Uppingham run from 28th June to 11th July, while courses at St Mary's run from 12th July to 15th August.

During lessons, students will be taught by experienced tutors, while outside of class they will enjoy a varied extracurricular programme in a safe environment, led by our student counsellors.

The international environment, combined with top-quality tutoring in a world-class venue, make Oxford Royale's Junior Summer School the best junior summer school in the UK.

Birds-eye view of St Mary's School Ascot

St Mary's School in Ascot

Bird's eye view of Uppingham School

Uppingham School

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable twin or dormitory rooms, separated by gender - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for school pupils who study at either St Mary's School or Uppingham School, so students are able to get a flavour for what being a pupil at these prestigious UK boarding schools is like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who are there to help pupils with their daily needs and to run activities for them outside of class. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Residential staff live in the school throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be Elementary (A2) English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.
  • Should check the prerequisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to a place of historical and social significance in the UK.

Extra-curricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.

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