Pre-School - Grade 5
Lower School in France is called École primaire and it is divided into two levels: a three-year course of École maternelle which includes Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten (Petite section, Moyenne section and Grande section), followed by a five-year course of École élémentaire formed by Grades 1 through 5 (Cours préparatoire or CP, Cours élémentaire première et deuxième années or CE1 and CE2, and Cours moyen première et deuxième années or CM1 and CM2).
CYCLES: KEY LEARNING STAGES
The French curriculum is organized as a series of multi-year cycles during which students acquire specific knowledge and demonstrate given competencies. This concept acknowledges that learning occurs in a different way, and at a different pace, for every child.