Key Stage1 and Lower Key Stage 2: FROM DISCOVERIES TO DISCOVERIES
Year 1, 2 and 3
In the National section, students follow the French academic program of the National Education.
The objectives are to master the French language and the first elements of mathematics to enable students to access the fundamental tools of knowledge.
The reading method used is the syllabic method in accordance with National Education programs. It takes up the "B-A - BA", the correspondence between letters and sounds followed by the deciphering of syllables and words. But the “B-A-BA” is not enough! It is also necessary to allow your child to understand what he reads to give him the desire and the taste for reading.
In class, your child will also use:
– a “sound memo” notebook containing all the sounds studied in the form of reading sheets to be read in the evening at home.
– a pocket of “word-tool box” where these will be stored as they are learned.
– a notebook of dictations of words then sentences related to the method.
In mathematics, the file used follows the official programs which define the skills and knowledge to be acquired by the pupils. They reinforce the need to :
– give meaning to notions “in situations based on manipulation […] ensuring a gradual entry into abstraction”.
– institutionalize mathematical writing through “written traces that have reference value”.
– study the meaning of the 4 operations from Year 1.
– ensure “the acquisition of procedural automatisms and the progressive memorization” of numerical facts.
In Key stage 2, the program provides lessons for questioning the world, artistic lessons (fine arts and musical education), physical and sports education and moral and civic education.
WITH YOUR CHILDREN...
“I obtained my school teacher certificate in 2007. After 12 years in public education, I joined NIS in 2019. Thanks to the small number of students in a class and the implemented early learning of languages, I have rediscovered the true values of my job.”
School Teacher / Head of school
After an international career, I obtained the School Teacher competition in 2006. As a referent teacher in English within the National Education, I trained in accordance with the international programs. Key stage 2 is the ideal phase to optimize language acquisition. We take advantage of the still very pronounced opening of the phonic ear. The “ Cambridge after school ” module also exploits this to its highest potential.”
WITH YOUR CHILDREN...
Key Stage 2 TEACHER
“After scientific studies in France, I left to live in London. I obtained my teacher’s diploma (PGCE), then went on teaching for 14 years at the prestigious Merchant Taylors’ School. Teaching, languages and general subjects fascinates me. The educational environment offered at NIS is a chance, for students and teachers alike!”
Key Stage 2: DEEPENING
In Key Stage 2, students consolidate their learning in the fundamental subjects (French and mathematics), science and technology, history and geography and the history of arts.
These subjects (French and mathematics) are taught in the morning. Rituals for dictation, problem solving, mental arithmetic and grammar analysis are offered daily. In-depth work on comprehension and production of writing; the recognition of the implicit and the explicit, is carried out throughout the year. Understanding the French language, learning methodologies and a requirement for work presentation are the bases to be acquired for successful studies.
Pupils continue the discovery and study of a foreign language, started in Year 1, as well as artistic lessons (visual arts and musical education), physical education, sports, moral and civic education.
This rich educational program offered by the school will be all the more beneficial if it is supplemented by serious and regular personal work. Pupils will be required to present numerous works in front of the class in order to develop their speaking skills. From Year 4, these presentations/work will be done on computer to be video-projected, accompanied by an oral presentation.