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Our English programme aims to foster a love of reading and learning in every child. Students range from age two to older children, building skills from reading and word recognition to advanced level comprehension with the ability to critique complex passages of text. Vocabulary, grammatical precision, memorisation skills and the ability to compose answers are gradually accumulated through different genres of text, familiarising students with both fiction and non-fiction, expanding their knowledge of the world and introducing them to new areas of interest.
Our Instructors support students to be able to read thoroughly, extract key information from the content and express an opinion on what they have read in a compelling way. The Kumon English Programme is not tied to any curriculum but complements learning across all subjects at school, giving students the freedom to become advanced, independent and enthusiastic learners, as well as thoughtful individuals.
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The Kumon English Programme helps early learners to understand the connection between spoken words and their written form, whilst building their concentration span. Students develop focus whilst studying with interest, working through their colourful worksheets with an early learner assistant.
As the student begins to recognise and read words, their Instructor will ensure that their worksheets not only increasingly challenge them but they will also continue to develop their concentration. Early learner study with Kumon is fun and engaging, allowing your child to develop their focus through a positive experience of learning from a young age.
The Kumon English Programme will enable your child to develop their confidence through learning key foundations in English with colourful and engaging worksheets working alongside an early learner Assistant. By giving work at just the right level for your child, combined with clear guidance from their Instructor, the programme helps to ensure a positive learning experience for your child, giving them the skills to succeed in their study. Our aim is to help your child to experience a sense of achievement every time they complete the worksheets.
Kumon study is individualised, meaning that each student works at exactly the right level for them, so that every student develops their confidence in current work before moving on.
From the very beginning of the Kumon English Programme we develop a child's approach to study so they can learn with enjoyment and success. Following the instruction and the intention of the worksheets, the child learns how to connect sounds to written words, and then begins to write those sounds with confidence, developing their ability to read, and their study skills.
Studying with Kumon builds great foundations for successful future learning, helping to ensure that your child's initial learning experiences are positive and that they have the invaluable skills that they need to progress.
Click on the topic blocks below to learn about what the Kumon English Programme covers
This topic block introduces the concept of reading through repeating and reciting
In this topic block students begin to trace words and learn letter sounds and how to blend them
This topic block helps students put together simple sentences and understand more about their structure
In this topic block students learn how to deduce the point of each paragraph
This topic block focuses on answering comprehension questions concisely
This topic block enhances critical reading skills and language complexity
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Levels 7A to 6A engage students with the concept of reading through repeating and reciting. Learners point to and repeat simple familiar words that are both written and shown as vibrant illustrations. This helps them to associate spoken words with their written form. Through practice they move from repeating after the Instructor to reciting to the Instructor, as they start to memorise and recognise familiar words.
Levels 5A to 2A move learners from repeating and reciting to fluently reading words and short sentences aloud. They begin to trace words and learn letter sounds and how to blend them, all the time increasing their vocabulary. They also start to work on spelling patterns. By the end of level 2A they will be able to read short passages as well as write words independently and neatly. Throughout these levels, students are working to develop a sound study approach.
Levels A to C help students to put together simple sentences and understand more about their structure, expressions and punctuation. They build reading speed whilst being able to visualise the contents of the passage they are reading and grasp its meaning. They work on sentence complexity learning how to use the correct word order, verb forms and punctuation and use these skills to answer questions fully.
From levels D to F students work on grasping the flow of a story, identifying topics and main ideas, using many texts from the Kumon Recommended Reading List. In their reading they learn how to deduce the point of each paragraph and to express their understanding in written form through restatement and description. By the end of level F they will be able to unravel text and break it down to understand its topic and conclusion.
Levels G to I start to work on the students’ ability to express their own impressions of texts and to understand the sentiments of characters, including variations of mood and action, and how that is expressed. They learn how to summarise text, identifying key words and their relationship to each other, as well as answering comprehension questions concisely, drawing reasoned conclusions from the information they have read.
Kumon students complete daily Kumon study at home and attend their study centre twice a week. The time taken to complete a day’s work may be around 30 minutes per subject, although this study time can vary.
When visiting the study centre, students complete their day’s worksheets and are observed and guided by the Instructor and a team of Assistants. Time spent at the study centre allows the Instructor to support your child in their studies and ensure that they are progressing well. Whilst at the study centre, students hand in work that has been completed and marked at home, as well as collecting work for the following days until their next study centre visit.
Students come once or twice a week to ensure the Instructor can develop their self-learning and academic skills
Homework involves daily study completed and marked prior to arrival
Students complete work that the Instructor has set to develop their skills and ensure they are progressing
Instructors observe students and instruct when necessary
Assistants mark work and students do corrections immediately to aid learning
It is important to us that each student leaves with a sense of achievement motivated for the next challenge