At Christmas, children prepare a short play or sketches to be performed for parents, friends and families. Occasionally we work with professionals in a drama workshop setting to assist with rehearsals. At Easter we organize some fun activities such as an Easter bonnet or Easter egg competition, and a selection of the children’s work is presented in a school magazine.
Despite the onus of attending school on Wednesday and the added demand of English homework, the pupils appear each week with smiling faces, ready to contribute. While the teachers’ expectations are high, the maximum is done to create a relaxed, working environment for the children. The activities are presented in an enjoyable context to make the learning process as fun and enriching as possible, and the small class sizes benefit everyone.
In Grande Section, oral and listening skills are very important. Our aim is for students to grow in confidence: speaking and expressing their ideas fluently in English while increasing their vocabulary. The learning and recognition of letters, sounds and simple words using phonics, and the beginning stages of reading and writing are taught along with the ongoing development of manual and co-ordination skills. The use of letter and word banks, flash cards, songs, educational games, rhymes, stories and picture books assist in teaching and developing the basic skills. Homework is set on a weekly basis. Usually some writing, reading & grammar or spelling task. Parental support essential.
During the CP year we build upon the skills achieved in Maternelle. Reading capabilities are further developed for fluency and word recognition using the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. Writing skills become more structured and meaningful. Oral skills remain very important and students are encouraged to share their news. Songs, rhymes, stories, and topic work help enrich the programme and build students’ confidence. Homework is set on a weekly basis. Usually some writing, reading and grammar or spelling tasks. Parental support is essential.
In CE1/CE2, the graded reading scheme is continued, as well as students being encouraged to select and read their own choice of books from the library. Reading and writing skills are developed introducing more complex texts for comprehension exercises and free writing is often inspired by various topics throughout the year. During the CE2 year, students will also study various books, as a class, together.
In CM1/CM2, the children read and study various class novels, which encourage discussion and topic work. Comprehension exercises, story writing, dictionary and vocabulary work are often focused around the book being studied. A variety of text books are used to maintain spelling, comprehension and grammar skills. Weekly news telling and presenting of different projects will encourage listening and oral skills.
Homework is set on a weekly basis. Usually consisting of some writing, reading & grammar or spelling task. Parental support is essential.
Apart from discussing study books, pupils share their past week’s news, as well as talking about current affairs. Written work consists primarily of creative writing, comprehension and grammar exercises. The children read and study various novels as a group and are encouraged to read English books at home. Our English library is growing rapidly and is available to all our students at the end of each class.