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Winter Explorer

Designed around five exciting project themes, students learn through project-based lessons, study tours and a choice of academic, active and creative electives. 

Course type
Young Learners
Age of student
Language level
Beginner (A1) - Proficient (C2)
Staff/student ratio
Maximum class size
Course dates
06 January - 16 February 2019
Course Length
1-6 weeks
From £1,015 per week
Bell St Albans

Who is this course for?

Young learners who want to combine English language study, activities and cultural visits.

Course outcomes

Your child will develop:

  • Core English language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  • More vocabulary and better pronunciation
  • A portfolio of work
  • Essential life skills (teamwork, independence and communication)
  • Increased confidence
  • An international network of friends

Course description

Project themed English lessons

30 hours per two week course

Winter Explorer is designed around five exciting project themes:

  • ​​Week 1: Picture This
  • Week 2: Sharing the Planet
  • Weeks 3 and 4: Here, There and Everywhere
  • Week 5: Eureka!
  • Week 6: Winter Wonderland

Download our Winter Explorer 2019 leaflet

Week 1: Picture This

Students will get the opportunity to explore their creative side with this artistic theme. During the week, they will use their imagination, creativity and English language skills to produce a variety of art forms.

Topics may include:

  • Creative writing
  • Film-making
  • Photography

Example learning outcomes

  • Students develop their creative skills through working independently and in groups
  • Students improve their English language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • Students learn to express their ideas and opinions through critical analysis of art forms

Study tours: Harry Potter Studio tour plus a visit to London, including Madame Tussauds.

Week 2: Sharing the Planet

Students will increase their awareness of global issues and explore the impact humans are having on the planet. They will share what they have learnt through creating posters and information leaflets.

Topics may include:

  • The environment
  • Animals and their habitats
  • Global warming and renewable energy

Example learning outcomes

  • Students improve their communication skills and confidence through participating in debates, discussions and giving presentations
  • Students practise learning independently and in groups by researching different types of renewable energies
  • Students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills through learning about current issues affecting the planet

Study tours: visit to the Natural History Museum

Weeks 3 and 4: Here, There and Everywhere

Earth is home to billions of people from a wide range of cultures. On this two-week intensive project students will learn about all aspects of human geography, from the world’s diverse population to travel and transport.

As part of this fascinating project, students will visit one of the UK’s most historic and beautiful cities, Edinburgh. During their three day Scottish adventure, they will see famous sites such as: Edinburgh Castle, the Museum of Scotland and Calton Hill. They will also get to experience life in Scotland by trying famous Scottish foods and taking part in traditional pastimes such as ceilidh dancing.

Students will receive the same amount of tuition as the other weeks (30 hours over two weeks).

This project will cover topics such as:

  • Diversity and the differences between us
  • Transport and travel
  • Human migration: the movement of people from one place to another
  • Globalisation: the world becoming more connected
  • National identity: how does it influence your personality?

Example learning outcomes

  • Students learn about the differences between their home countries and the UK
  • Students improve their writing skills by producing a travel blog
  • Students build their confidence by presenting about their cultures
  • Students develop their communication skills through taking part in debates and discussions

Study tours: 3 day visit to Edinburgh plus full day study tours to London and Stratford-Upon-Avon, and a half-day walking tour of St Albans.

Week 5: Eureka!

Explore scientific discoveries from the past, present and future. Students will learn about the most influential inventions and discoveries from the last century and will use their own talents to invent a new product.

Topics may include:

  • Famous inventions and scientific discoveries
  • The future – what inventions will tomorrow bring?
  • Great ideas from the UK and beyond

Example learning outcomes

  • Students enjoy an opportunity to work creatively as they design a new product to solve a problem in our daily lives
  • Students improve their use of English grammar e.g. tenses, conditional forms and modal verbs
  • Students develop their communications skills through group discussions, making suggestions and giving advice

Study tours: Visit to the London Science Museum plus full day study tour to Cambridge.

Week 6: Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Students will develop their English skills through learning about the magic of winter.  They will learn how animals and plants survive during the winter months and explore the role winter plays in British literature.

Topics may include:

  • Famous British authors (Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, Arthur Conan Doyle and J.K. Rowling)
  • Winter traditions and customs
  • The environment in winter

Example learning outcomes

  • Students improve their reading skills by studying classical and contemporary British literature
  • Students gain a better knowledge of language structures, vocabulary, style and genre and how all of these are used in different literary contexts
  • Students collaborate to create a presentation about winter traditions and customs from their home countries

Study tours: Harry Potter Studio tour.


18 hours per two week course (3 electives, 6 hours each)

Elective sessions are taught by experienced activity leaders and develop students' skills in their chosen activities in English. Students practice their English, while focused on an activity, which leads to a natural and fluent use of the language.

A mix of active, academic and creative options are available.

Active electives

Sample active electives:

Sample active electives:

  • Archery
  • British school games
  • Football
  • Health and fitness

Academic electives

Sample academic electives

Sample academic electives:

  • British literature
  • Creative writing
  • Journalism
  • Presentations and debates

Creative electives

Sample creative electives

Sample creative electives:

  • Art and Design
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Photography and film-making

Study tours

3 full day study tours per two week course.

Each student benefits from the opportunity to explore the UK and practise the language they have learned in lessons. Destinations relate to the theme of the week and include:

  • London sights and museums
  • Harry Potter studio tour
  • Cambridge
  • Stratford-Upon-Avon

Students booking a course that includes 25-27 January will also enjoy a 3-day trip to Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital.


27 hours per two week course

After lessons, electives, and a delicious dinner, students have an evening activity – more chance for your child to learn and practise English. Examples of evening activities include team-building challenges, treasure hunts and film nights.

Course includes

  • Accommodation at Bell St Albans
  • All meals
  • All social activities and study tours
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure with Bell staff
  • Free internet access
  • Free laundry service
  • Comprehensive insurance

Winter Explorer sample timetable

Winter Explorer sample timetable
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Winter Explorer. English language course for juniors.
Winter Explorer. English language course for juniors.
Winter Explorer. English language course for juniors.
Winter Explorer. English language course for juniors.
Winter Explorer. English language course for juniors.
Winter Explorer. English language course for juniors.
Winter Explorer. English language course for juniors.
Winter Explorer. English language course for juniors.
Winter Explorer. English language course for juniors.
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