The Primary Section offers a bilingual education in French and English. Some courses are taught in English and others in French. It caters for children aged between 6 and 9 years, of any nationality, and applies the English and French national programmes tailored to the needs of children in a bilingual and international context.
The pedagogical approach takes into account the specific needs of each child and teaching takes place in both group and individual learning environments. The pupils are active in their own learning, led by an interactive approach from the teachers.
Classes are multi-national and taught in both English and French, with equal weight given to each language. The school is unique in that pupils not only learn a second language but also learn in that language.
In addition, Spanish is introduced at the age of 4 years in a playful way (through rhymes, games, songs).
- To develop the ability to think and learn bilingually in French and English.
- To facilitate mastery of basic skills in reading, writing, mathematical reasoning and calculation, in both languages
- To have a comprehensive understanding of the world through studies in History / Geography
- To foster a positive attitude towards learning.
- To achieve a balanced progression in all areas of learning.
- To encourage pupils to take responsibility for their learning and develop good working methods.
- To prepare pupils for successful integration into Secondary School by working closely with Middle School teachers.
- To nurture self-confidence, self-discipline, independence, social skills and respect for others.
- To become familiar with the use of ICT (computers, electronic boards, cameras etc.).
Choice of the First or Second Language
Parents are asked to choose a first language - French or English - for their child to study in. This means that they will be taught to read and write in that language. This is usually already the language of communication of the child (or "mother tongue"). If the 1st Language chosen is French, the pupil will study the Programme of the "Education Nationale" (French Educational Programme) for French lessons. If the 1st Language chosen in English, the Programme studied will be that of the British National Curriculum for English lessons.
A very important cycle ranges from Year 2 (CP) to Year 4 (CE2) (See Table of equivalences). These are the Rainbow, Yellow and Orange groups. These three school years involve learning to read and write in the registered first language.
Until the age of 7, reading and writing will be learnt exclusively in the first language. The second language will be acquired orally through games, audio - visual activities, role-play, songs, stories etc.
It is only once the children have mastered the skills of reading and writing in their first language that they will be addressed in their second language. This serves to prevent confusion between the two languages (French and English languages are relatively close).
We advise bilingual parents to work with us in this area and to refrain from teaching your child to read or write in their second language at home.