The Primary curriculum is based on the national curricula of Great Britain and of the United States and makes use of British and American teaching methods and materials. This allows for a variety of approaches, styles and wider exposure to language and vocabulary in general.
Moreover it has been adapted to fit into a six-hour a week school programme and to be appropriate to an international school environment where students have a wide range of educational backgrounds and experiences. It is flexible enough to accommodate second language English students alongside native and near-native speakers.
Students are expected to develop their English skills at home and are given regular homework to consolidate work done in class. It is absolutely essential that children have regular exposure to English out of school and complete homework assignments thoroughly.
Anglophone teachers work in close partnership with French colleagues to facilitate student integration and to avoid overlap in activities and skills.
Throughout primary, children learn to become responsible for their own work. They are encouraged to organise work into class and homework books or folders, to complete assignments on time and to a good standard and to take pride in their work.
- Listening skills (stories, presentations, instructions, audio and video)
- Talking skills (discussions, answering questions, presentations)
- Research skills (encyclopedias, information books, internet)
- Pair/group work
- Problem solving activities
- Individual project or research work
By the time they arrive in CE2, student will have mastered the basic skills of reading and writing. They are now ready to concentrate on developing their creativity and independence. During the course of CE2, students will leave behind the structured reading scheme and make greater use of the class libraries to extend their individual reading skills. Over the next two years, they will work individually and in class on their understanding of character, plot, setting and novel construction. Children’s authors like Roald Dahl, CS Lewis, Caroline Lawrence and Michael Morpurgo will be studied at school. In addition to stories and poems, a wide variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction will be used to develop students’ reading comprehension. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, information books, CD-Roms and internet are widely used. At the same time students will continue to develop their story-writing skills, paying particular attention to detail, organisation and style. They will be given regular writing assignments. Children are encouraged to reread their work to correct spelling and punctuation and to improve and develop their ideas. Students will keep their own A-Z wordbooks based on spelling lists studied in class. They will extend their range of spelling strategies and overall awareness of word and language structure and patterns and develop their ability to edit, correct and improve their writing. Students will also be given standardised reading tests and writing evaluations to monitor progress. Computers and tablets will be used to develop reading, writing, research and thinking skills. They’ll also learn simple word processing skills. When students leave us at the end of CM2, we wish them to be confident and keen readers and writers.
School reports/report cards
In the Anglophone Section, Primary school reports are sent home twice a year, in December and in June/July. Parents are given the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher in the January parent-teacher meetings. If there is anything parents would like to discuss with teachers during the course of the academic year, they are more than welcome to make an appointment through the Section office. If parents would like to discuss work and progress with their child’s French teacher, one of the Section teachers could act as an interpreter if necessary.