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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

From 6 years old to 11 years old : CP, CE1, CE2, CM1, CM2 (Year 2 to Year 6).

Class hours:

8 a.m. to 2.30 p.m from Monday to Friday.
Except on WEDNESDAYS, classes end at 12.00 p.m.

The National Curriculum for the primary school defines for each educational domain the knowledge and skills to be attained within each cycle;
it indicates annual benchmarks around which learning sequences in French and in Mathematics can be organized. It does, however, leave the choice of method and approach free:a sign of the confidence placed in teachers to adapt the curriculum to their students’ needs.

In this context, the teachers offer support to all students, particularly those who encounter difficulties, by personalizing learning support, ensuring school success for everyone.

The primary school curriculum specifies the content of core knowledge which all students must acquire. Regular evaluations by the teachers ensure assessment of the knowledge acquired by students and their level; they will contribute to the validation of the intermediary stages of the mastery of the Common Base of Knowledge and Skills. They are sent to the families and encourage useful dialogue to monitor the children’s schooling.

The Primary School Cycles

School is compulsory for all students from six to sixteen years of age. The Primary School is made up of the Kindergarten and the Elementary School. Most children start kindergarten at three years of age. They learn to live together, express themselves and prepare to start CP at six years of age. CP is the first class in the Elementary School which goes up to the CM2 class. Normally the students spend five years in the elementary school. The Primary School is organized into three learning cycles:

• The Early Learning Cycle (Petite, Moyenne and Grande sections of the Kindergarten);
• The Basic Learning Cycle (Grande section of the Kindergarten, CP and CE1);
• The Consolidation Cycle (CE2, CM1 and CM2)

The organization in cycles of several years ensures each student’s rhythm is taken into account. Studies are spread over twenty-four hours per week plus two additional hours for language learning, Monday morning to Friday afternoon. Two hours per week are set aside for personalized learning support for children encountering difficulties.

SCHEDULE

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
School hours in the morning 8am – 11.30am 8am – 11.30am 8am – 12pm 8am – 11.30am 8am – 11.30am
Number of school hours in the morning 3h30 3h30 4h00 3h30 3h30
Lunch time 11.30am – 12.30pm 11.30am – 12.30pm 11.30am – 12.30pm 11.30am – 12.30pm
School hours in the afternoon 12.30pm – 2.30pm 12.30pm – 2.30pm 12.30pm – 2.30pm 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Number of school hours in the afternoon 2h00 2h00 2h00 2h00
Total of class hours per day 5h30 5h30 4h00 5h30 5h30
Number of class hours per week 26 hours
complementary educational activity or homework assistance (optional) 2.45 – 3.45pm 2.45 – 3.45pm 2.45 – 3.45pm 2.45 – 3.45pm
After school activities 2.45 – 4.15pm 2.45 – 4.15pm 1pm – 2.30pm 2.45 – 4.15pm 2.45 – 4.15pm

SCHOOL SUBJECTS (CP-CE1-CE2 / Year 2-3-4)

School subjects
Yearly hours
Weekly hours
French 360 hours 10 hours
Maths 180 hours 5 hours
Modern languages 126 heures 3h30
Sports 108 hours 3 hours
Arts 72 hours 2 hours
Moral and civic education 90 hours 2h30
TOTAL 936 hours     26 hours

SCHOOL SUBJECTS (CM1-CM2 / Year 5 - Year 6)

School subjects
Yearly hours
Weekly hours
French 288 hours 8 hours
Maths 180 hours 5 hours
Modern languages 126 heures 3h30
Sports 108 hours 3 hours
Arts 72 hours 2 hours
history and Geography 72 hours 2 hours
Moral and civic education 90 hours 2h30
TOTAL 936 hours     26 hours