Aardman and British Council launch ‘Learning Time with Timmy' online series
ardman have today announced that they are in production on ‘Learning Time with Timmy’ – a new educational online series for early years English language learners.
The series, which is set to launch on a dedicated YouTube channel, has been developed in collaboration with the British Council, and is the latest addition to the innovative Learning Time with Shaun & Timmy portfolio which marries the studio’s much loved characters with the British Council’s teaching expertise to deliver English language learning for 2-6 year olds around the world.
Aardman will launch the YouTube channel this summer with content rolling out on a weekly basis. The 26 ‘Learning Time with Timmy’ episodes follow the curriculum developed by the British Council and feature alongside fun and engaging bonus content. The content is flexible and can be tailored to optimise the learning experience according to the specific requirements in different territories, offering additional linear broadcast opportunities. The team are also developing an international publishing and licensing programme to further extend the brand and enable more children, parents and educators around the world to access the Learning Time with Shaun & Timmy learning experience.
The partnership between Aardman and the British Council began in 2014 with Learning Time with Shaun & Timmy courses being taught at specially designed Shaun and Timmy-themed centres in Singapore, Chile and Mexico. In 2016 the teaching offering was expanded by developing “pop-up learning centres” to enable greater reach to teach the Learning Time with Shaun & Timmy programme in more venues around the world. By the end of 2017, Learning Time with Shaun & Timmy learning centres and pop-ups will be available in Singapore, Chile, Mexico, Egypt, Spain, Bahrain, Morocco, UAE, and Ukraine. The portfolio also includes three Learning Time with Timmy apps designed to develop cognitive skills and English language development in young children, as well as an online course for parents and educators in how to support language learning in young children.