OYIS Saturday Classes have been designed to fulfill the student’s weekly need for more academic educational needs. Our fully immersive English environment with the Saturday Classes is designed to develop the children’s literacy skills (with particular focus upon their written, spoken, and reading skills) and provide ongoing engagement and learning opportunities throughout the day. Students are leveled according to their ability in order to provide them content that creates a more beneficial learning environment.
Based on the children’s Japanese grade level, the students are placed into levels within each of the age groups according to their English proficiency. Students will be tested upon their entry to the program to ascertain the level they are best suited to join within their age group.
All the Saturday Classes have the weekly opportunity for P.E. lessons. Our PE teacher focuses specifically on the student’s ongoing Gross Motor Skill [GMS] development, cooperative game skills, ball and balance skills. With a curriculum focused on the needs and abilities of the particular age group, the inclusion of specifically tailored lessons for P.E. sets our Saturday Program apart from other Saturday classes.
For the students, the development of their IT skills is very important to us. As a result we have constructed a program that allows for each of the age groups to use our IT Lab one a week during their time on Saturdays. The students participate in a number of different computer and technology based activities that work towards strengthening skills sets such as creativity, imagination and freedom of expression. In addition, confidence, empowerment and independence are also strengthened when they interact with information technology.
During the year we hold one Excursion as part of Saturday School. Having the children participate in an excursion where they have the opportunity to learn English enables them to use the language they have developed and practiced over the course of the year. Previous excursion locations have been ARK, Rokko YMCA, Kisen YMCA, and Osaka Aquarium.
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Providing a variety of fun, engaging learning opportunities in an immersive English environment, children will participate in Phonics and pre-Phonics activities, games, singing, dancing, Art & Craft, Story Time, and Outside play. Taught in English by one of our experienced teachers, the students are encouraged and given the language to communicate in English. In addition, children will have a separate P.E. block and IT block to develop GMS and technology skills.
Preparation time upack your bag / Activity Time – colouring, FMS, Free Play
For students aged 4 to 6 years old with a focus on fun and engagement in an English immersive environment, students will participate in a range of activities including singing, dancing, theme activities, art and craft, story time, basic social and life skill development and Phonics. The students also have the opportunity to participate in P.E. and IT lessons that have been specifically tailored to the age group.
Students at this level are exposed to an immersive English environment where they can study grammar, literacy and spoken English in fun, engaging lessons with the friends. They have weekly IT and P.E. lessons that are geared towards their age group’s GMS developmental needs.
At the oldest grade levels, the students not only participate in weekly IT and P.E. lessons and they too also learn within an immersive English environment where one of our experienced Saturday teachers supports their literacy and spoken English skill development. Through more thorough focus on sentence creation and basic structure, teachers are able to focus on more specifics with each child, fine tuning not only their spoken but also their written English.