Pre-School (Cycle 1)

Public pre-school (cycle 1) is specific to France and Children from the age of 3 years old can join the pre-school until their compulsory schooling starts at age 6. The objective of pre-school is assist each child gain autonomy and appropriate the knowledge and skills required to achieve success in the cycle of fundamental learning (grades 1 and 2).

Classes are structured into three sections, small, middle and upper section according to the children’s ages and each of these sections have three classes.

The guidelines of the French curriculum are followed both in English and French.
The bilingual teaching is adapted to learners’ needs (see the dedicated Bilingualism page).

To facilitate the big leap to 1st grade, the Lycée Jules Verne observes a bridging period during which upper section students are prepared for and become familiar with 1st grade. From April, 1st grade teachers teach upper section students once a week in small groups (half the class). This enables pre-school students to discover the class and the teachers that will be teaching them the following year and also allows teachers to assess the level of their future students even before the start of 1st grade.

At pre-school the child establishes relationships with children as well as with adults. They use and develop their motor, sensory, emotional, relational and intellectual skills. They gradually become a student and discover the written word.

The essential objective of pre-school is the acquisition of well-structured oral expression and rich vocabulary that is coherent to others.

The pre-school curriculum (cycle 1): the early-learning cycle (small, middle and upper sections of pre-school) is divided into six activity fields:

  • Developing language skills
  • Discovering writing
  • Becoming a student
  • Physical activity
  • Discovery of the World
The comprehensive pre-school curriculum can be viewed at:
http://www.eduscol.education.fr/cid48644/ecole-maternelle.html