What do students learn in Elementary school ?

What do students learn in Elementary school ?


What they learn

By the end of maternelle, a child understands the basic concepts involved in learning to read, write and count. These will be reinforced throughout elementary school.  

Taking into account the different competencies of each student, in Elementary School we concentrate on developing the child's senses of observation and recall, willingness to experiment, sensitivity, motor skills and creative imagination as well as the attention span and ability to learn by heart.

Teachers are actively involved in the individual progress of each child in becoming a student in his/her own right responsible for his/her own learning. 

  • In Years 1 to 3 (cycle 2) students consolidate their learning of foreign languages, mathematics, discovery activities, the visual arts, music, physical education and sport. 
  • In Years 4 and 5 (cycle 3) new subjects are introduced including literature, history and geography, experimental sciences and technology.
  • Cycle 3 is a consolidation cycle reinforcing the first years of elementary school before moving into junior high schoolsecondary. The curriculum is therefore designed to help each student obtain the common core of knowledge and competencies. 

The common core of knowledge and skills

The common core of knowledge and competencies introduces what every student must know and master by the end of compulsory schooling, Year 9 in junior high schoolsecondary. It represents all the knowledge, accomplishments, values and the necessary attitude required for the student to succeed both academically and in his/her life as an individual and citizen of the world. 

Mastery of the seven competencies is obligatory for students to pass the Brevet exam and obtain their diploma at the end of Year 9. 

For a comprehensive presentation of the common core of knowledge and competencies, please follow this link