The primary school welcomes children from 6 to 11 years old. Children enter Year 2 in September of the year of their sixth birthday.
During this period, they learn the basics of reading, writing and maths. Scientific studies based on children’s close interests are offered as early as cycle 2, through what the official curriculum refers to as “Discovery of the World”. From cycle 3 onwards, this teaching becomes more specialised and is extended to France and the world with lessons in history, geography, science and technology. Sports and arts lessons are also offered to students in Year 2.
In primary school, students build on the basic knowledge acquired in nursery school in order to learn how to learn, preparing them intellectually and socially for school and life.
Our approach to bilingual teaching opens up exciting opportunities for the development of students’ critical thinking skills and helps them move from concrete observations to abstract reasoning, a fundamental aspect of French education.
From Year 2, instruction is given as part of a bilingual or trilingual programme, as decided by the parents. Students learn French, history, science, maths, art and music with their French teacher. English and special projects are taught by the English teacher. Language development is at the heart of our primary school approach. To become bilingual, children must experience the various dimensions of both languages (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in a motivating and reassuring environment where their understanding is assured.