Raring to Read - Online Summer Course

5 July - 27 August 2021
Age 3 -11 Years


Join Commander Earth for an exciting adventure this Summer as we Zoom over, under, forwards, and backwards around the world! We will bring stories alive in the comfort and safety of your home with a range of interactive activities and read-aloud to explore a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts.

Each week our stories will take the students on a new adventure so you can join for up to 4 weeks!


Over – journey over ground as we explore different lands and the skies above

Under  - frolic on the sand and dive into the sea to explore hidden treasures

Backwards  - travel back in time to mythical lands and traditional tales

Forwards  - launch into space for a galactic adventure

We have three different courses, each with the option of attending three or five times a week:

Kindergarten*: 3 – 5 years old 

Lower Primary**: 6 – 8 years old

Upper Primary: 9 – 11 years old

*students need to already be attending a kindergarten (non-ESF kindergarten welcome); not suitable for K1 starters.
**students need to already be attending a primary school (non-ESF primary welcome); not suitable for P1 starters.

Each of the courses has been written by our senior education team, ensuring age and level-appropriate language objectives and literary targets are addressed every lesson. Regardless of age, by the end of the course, all students will have addressed and participated in the following: 

  • Listen, read and respond to stories read by the teacher

  • Develop reading strategies to aid understanding

  • Demonstrate understanding of plot, setting and character 

  • Discuss and share own ideas and opinions

  • Make connections to other literature and personal experiences

Classes are delivered three or five times a week, depending on your course package preference, and will use the platform Zoom. Those enrolling will be sent a link prior to the first class. Simply click on the password-protected link and join each lesson – we recommend a computer or laptop but an iPad or similar device will also be okay. Teachers will then bring the literary world into your home, providing lots of communicative and interactive opportunities for each student.

  • Online classes so you do not need to leave your home!

  • Small group classes

  • Enrol for 1-4 weeks

  • Participants will receive a basic learning pack to accompany classes prior to the first lesson. The teacher will email parents ahead of time if any home printing is required for a lesson, but alternatives will always be offered for those who do not have printing facilities

  • Minimal resources are required; students only need paper, pen and colouring pens/pencils for the lesson


Spanish - Suitable for primary aged beginners

We also have a Spanish Raring to Read course in which students can attend three times a week for up to 4 weeks. Each week will be a different story.