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Elementary school

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.

LANGUAGES

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  and in a complementary way. However

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.

CRITICAL THINKING

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. 

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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. 

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Understanding The Cycles of Learning

The objective of the division of learning into 3 distinct cycles in primary school is to recognize and respect the differences between students in terms of their learning abilities. Priority is given to mastering reading and writing skills and mathematics through a rigorous, methodical and progressive approach.

Objectives are defined for each of the 3 cycles, in the different subjects, and broken down into skills and goals. Once the skills are acquired, either at the end of the school year or within the cycle, the student can move forward to the next one. 

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NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE PARENTS

Children entering Gr 1 need to have strong enough foundations and vocabulary in the French language in order to succeed in Cycle 2. Children coming from a school that doesn't belong to the AEFE network may be required an evaluation to confirm their ability to follow our curriculum.