Cycle III: 3rd, 4th and 5th grade - San Diego French American School
During the three years of the Cycle 3, the students are exposed to a bilingual, balanced and demanding curriculum. They reinforce, consolidate and expand their knowledge with different approaches. In all topics, they apply a new rigor and exactitude to their studies that lead them to autonomy. Students are prepared to continue their studies in the middle school successfully.
Students master languages precisely and clearly in oral and written expression. The study of the language (vocabulary, grammar and spelling), learning poems and other text, highlights the areas of expression, comprehension and composition. In CM2/5th grade, students are exposed to Spanish as a third language for one hour per week.
Students are exposed to a diversity of texts to develop comprehension across a variety of genres and writing styles and to bolster their ability to generate a range of grammatically sophisticated and properly formatted compositions. The literature program offers students a repertoire of literary resources appropriate for their age group, drawn from literary classics and from literature for young readers. The program also contributes to the development of a common literary culture. Furthermore, students learn to narrate real facts, to describe, to explain, to justify a response, to invent stories, to summarize accounts, to write a poem, while respecting the rules of composition and writing.
Students acquire basic grammar skills (spelling, conjugation, vocabulary, language mechanism) to improve both written and oral expression and to revise syntax and spelling. Students learn to apply their knowledge of proper grammatical expression in all written activities.
Social Studies includes History, Geography and History of Arts. It opens students' minds to the diversity and evolution of civilizations, societies, territories, religions and the arts. Students acquire references in terms of time, space, culture and civics.
Mathematics develops research and reasoning skills, imagination and the capacity for abstract thought, rigor and precision. The SDFAS bilingual mathematics curriculum is divided into four topics: numbers and arithmetic (whole natural numbers, decimals and fractions, arithmetic), geometry (geometric relationships and properties, using instruments and techniques, planes, common solids), size and measurement (length, mass and volume, area, angles, time, money) and the organization and management of data (problem-solving related to everyday life or based on other subjects studied).
Students understand and describe the real world, both the natural world and the man-made world. They learn to distinguish between facts and verifiable hypotheses on the one hand, and opinions and beliefs on the other. During the three years of the Cycle 3, students learn about Earth and sky, matter, energy, uniformity and diversity of living things, how living things behave, how the human body works and thrives, living things and their environments and technical devices.
Through visual arts and musical education, students develop their artistic sensibility and the ability to express themselves. They also study diverse works of art of different genres, from different periods and places in the history of art.
Physical education develops motor skills by the practice of various sports and artistic activities. Students become more aware of their abilities by taking controlled risks. Responsibility and independence are encouraged through the illustration of moral and social values (respect for rules, self-respect and respect of others). Activities are organized over the three-year cycle and utilize local resources.
From primary school, SDFAS promotes an attitude of responsibility in the use of computer and interactive tools. The program is organized according B2i Certificate that students pass at the end of 5th grade. Students master the basic functions of a computer. They are trained in word-processing, creating and editing digital documents and sending and receiving messages. They learn how to research on-line by identifying and sorting information. Information and communication technology is used in most areas of teaching.
This subject leads students to reflect on the concrete problems of school life and how they can take part in the decisions made pertaining to school rules. Also, in the study of History and Geography, Civic Education allows students to identify and understand the importance of values, of founding texts, and of symbols of the United States, the French Republic and European Union.