1st, 2nd and 3rd grade

 

 

 


CURRICULUM OF CYCLE 2: 1st – 2nd – 3rd grade



A French and American double immersion program

As part of a double immersion learning program, students are exposed daily to both languages:

1st and 2nd grade

  • 17 hours and 45 minutes of teaching in French per week
  • 7 hours and 15 minutes of teaching in English per week

3rd grade

  • 15 hours and 30 minutes of teaching in French per week
  • 9 hours and 30 minutes of teaching in English per week

Reading

Students develop the skills needed for reading in both languages. The emphasis is on developing a lifelong taste for reading.


Writing

The interaction between reading and writing activities gives students the skills needed to understand the different functions of texts (expression, communication and memorization).


Grammar/Spelling

Students begin to understand and learn the parts and functions of language to improve speech, reading and writing.


Speaking/Listening

Oral language activities such as asking questions, describing, explaining and sharing information play an important role in the learning process. Teachers promote student interactions as much as possible with respect to academics activities.


Mathematics

Our mathematics program is predicated on utilizing various approaches to instruction that cater to the multiple and varied learning styles of our students. As students acquire their necessary foundation of skills, more difficult material is presented according to each individual student’s preferred pace of learning. The mathematics program is taught in French, but mathematical vocabulary is taught in English and learning is supported by the American teacher. Students learn four major topics within the mathematics program at this age: numbers and arithmetic (decimal numeration up to 1000, memorizing addition and multiplication tables by 2, 3, 4 and 5, techniques for addition and subtraction, etc.) geometry (position and location, recognition and describing planes and solids, use of instruments, techniques to reproduce or draw plane figures and specific vocabulary) size and measurement (common units of length, weight, capacity, time, and money) and organization and management of data (gradually use of common charts: tables, graphs).


Social Studies/Question the world

Students access knowledge more easily using their skills in reading and mathematics. They acquire references in time and place, gain knowledge about the world and master specific corresponding vocabulary. They go beyond their initial perceptions by observation and manipulation.


Civic and Moral Education

The students develop an understanding of their emotions and feelings. They open up to others and become aware of belonging to a community. They work together in establishing  common rules in the school, thus awakening to the rules of democratic societies. They also develop discernment and critical reflection; they compare their judgment with those of others. Access to information is given special attention.

Since September 2018, the school has implemented a new approach to social and emotional learning with Responsive Classroom.


Arts and the History of Arts

The students’ artistic sensibilities and expressions are developed by art activities and cultural references linked to the history of art. They also learn how to use precise vocabulary that allows them to express what they feel, their emotions, their preferences and their tastes.


Physical Education

Physical education aims to develop motor skills and offers a first initiation into physical, sports and artistic activities. These activities fulfill the basic human need for physical activity while encouraging effort and perseverance. Students learn to know themselves and others better and also learn to maintain good health. Activities are organized over the two years of the cycle and utilize local resources.


Information Technology

In 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades, students start to use computer and information technology. They begin to acquire knowledge of the digital environment.