Discover the LFSF Elementary School Program

Welcome to Elementary School!

The Elementary years fall under two of the French system's Cycles of learning, Cycle 2 and Cycle 3.

The division of learning into cycles in primary school helps recognize and respect the differences between students' learning abilities and maturity. In Elementary school, priority is given to mastering reading and writing skills as well as mathematics, through a methodical and progressive approach. Objectives are identified in the different subjects, and broken down into skills and goals. 


Children entering Elementary School need to have strong enough foundations and vocabulary in the French language in order to succeed. In order to properly assess their level, applicants may be required to test to confirm their ability to thrive in our French Track program.


The program in the American International Section [AIS] is rigorous. 

At LFSF, students may be enrolled in the AIS from Gr1 all the way to Gr12 . Students enrolled in an IS are taught the core syllabus as well as specific courses enabling them to follow advanced classes taught in English.
From Middle School (collège), two subjects are taught in English:

•  Language and Literature: more than a language class, this course includes the study of English literature.
•  History and Geography: the French curriculum is adapted to include a greater emphasis on the history and geography of the United States of America.


Our Elementary Curriculum

Elementary | Cycle 2

In Cycle 2, students are curious and learn to think critically: they interact with, and ask questions of, the world at large. In cycle 2, all the lessons serve as an interaction with the world. Students develop a solid foundation in the French and the English languages, and in mathematics (arithmetic and problem solving).  They develop their reasoning skills, artistic sensibility, and their physical and athletic abilities. get introduced to history, geography, science and technology as well as visual arts and music. They become more aware of foreign languages and linguistic diversity. They develop autonomy and learn to use digital information wisely. They learn to respect one another and to appreciate differences in language, origins, gender or abilities. Students build upon their awareness of time and space, their knowledge of the world and discover fundamental computer skills.

When entering Gr 1, children have very different levels and skills. Class groups are organized around each child's individualized needs and when students learn together, they do so progressively and each at their own pace.

Elementary | Cycle 2


Learning to read involves decoding and understanding the narrative or content of what is read to start to appreciate, understand or interpret texts. This approach Learning to write and to read happens in a complementary way. 

The central place given to the French language doesn't happen at the expense of other forms of learning. On the contrary, it is the tool used for most of the learning in subjects that each have their own language. Projects are designed to invite students to use the French language to describe experiences or research.

Elementary | Cycle 2


In the context of an activity, students learn how to do complete the activity, as well as how to explain why they did it in such a way. They learn to justify their answers and their approach in link with the lesson they are working on. Gradually, this way of thinking allows students to question and to analyze what they have done as well as to appreciate what has been done by others.



Learning in English

Math bar model - The Singapore approach

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The Singapore approach is a method using a model in bars to visually illustrate abstract mathematical concepts. This method has been implemented on LFSF primary campuses with the help of Gwennaël PETILLAT, the pedagogical advisor for the North American Zone.

Dance project

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Gr4 and Gr5 students dancing for the AEFE project "Danse ta ville, ton école, ta classe", for which they won the  “Coup de coeur” prize in 2022.

Cycle 3

Cycle 3 links the last two years of elementary school and the first year of middle school, in an effort to ensure pedagogic continuity and coherency in learning

There are two main goals for this cycle: to strengthen the fundamental learnings introduced in cycle 2, that lay the groundwork for what’s to come; and to allow a better transition between Elementary school and Middle school by creating a real strong continuity and progression throughout the three years of the cycle.

In Grades 3 through 5 (cycle 3), the academic disciplines become more defined: literature, history, geography, mathematics, experimental science, and technology, including coding. Information and communication technologies are tools used in the teaching of students. 


Learning in English