Primary School Preparation Program Cricos Code 102257D

A place for your child to learn English for school!

Many parents are now starting their children’s international studies earlier than they did in the past, so at International House Sydney we offer a high quality Primary School Preparation program to complement our High School Preparation Program.

This course involves face-to-face teaching for five hours per day, five days a week.

The curriculum for this program allows students to prepare for entry into Australian Primary Schools, or to spend just a few weeks here immersed in the English Language and Australian culture. Our curriculum design gives students practice in English language, and content covers areas of learning they will encounter in Primary or High School, such as Aboriginal Culture, Australian History and Environmental issues.

Each month there is a different theme to provide context for language learning. Students sit a placement test on arrival to determine their English level so that our specially trained EAL/D (English as an Additional Language or Dialect) teachers can give individualised support. Lessons are based on a course book appropriate to the young learner’s level, supplemented by a variety of texts and online material. Our teachers are trained to keep young minds fully engaged, with a variety of activities both inside and outside the classroom, including participation in outdoor activities, and excursions twice a month.


Study Mode

25hrs per week

Full -Time Intensive

IH Sydney City | IH Melbourne

Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm

Start Date

Start your study program almost any Monday of the year!

Key Features


  • Student attendance monitored 3 times daily. Homework Diary informs parents/guardian about homework and learning content, assists communication between parents/carers and teachers
  • A structured program with a different focus and interesting topics each month
  • Language and text-based curriculum adapted for a range of English proficiency levels
  • Comprehensive written reports sent to families, agents and schools every month
  • A Personal Development class once a month to encourage students to take responsibility for their learning and to allow discussion of the intercultural and developmental issues they face

Study Options

  • Flexible Study Period. Study from 1 to 52 weeks
  • 8-12 years old

Future Academic Studies

Move on to study at one of Sydney’s prestigious private schools.


More information about Primary School Preparation Program

Our Primary School Preparation course is an integrated skills-based program that focuses on language learning and practice, along with the relevant study skills and strategies.

The syllabus is divided into monthly programs, within which new units of work are undertaken each week. Units of work revolve around multidisciplinary themes, such as The Environment, Road Beach and Sun Safety, Australian History and Culture. We also have weekly classes in Mathematics and Science, in order to provide our students with the essential vocabulary needed in school.

Students in our Primary School Preparation study from level and age-appropriate textbooks, as well as a variety of stimulating resources, such as videos, songs and field trips.

Each Friday afternoon students participate in sport.

At least two excursions or events are organised for all students every month. Monthly tests and students’ progress is reviewed by our teachers according to their test results and daily performance throughout the month.