Infant School (Cycle 1)

Infant school (L’école maternelle): a single cycle of learning, fundamental for everyone’s achievement.

The French ‘Reorganisation of School Law’ (La loi de refondation de l’École) established a single cycle of learning for l’école maternelle, emphasising the importance of infant school as the first step towards guaranteeing the success of all children in a fair, yet demanding school. During cycle 1, children learn the fundamentals of teaching and learning, skills which they will build on and develop during their entire student life.

L’école maternelle is a school that cares, even more than during the later stages of learning. Its main aims are to make sure children want to come to school, to instil a love of learning and to help each child discover and develop their own personality. Its governing principle is that all children can learn and progress. The maternelle teaching team is confident in each child’s ability and helps each child in turn develop self-confidence in their capacity to engage and to think, to learn and to succeed in school and beyond.


Petite Section (PS)
The Petite Section is for children from three to four years of age. Each child takes his or her time to get to know the school environment and the people in it. 

Moyenne Section (MS)
The Moyenne Section is for children four to five years of age. The pupils start experimenting and figuring out concepts of time and space. They talk, play, dance, build, observe and draw; taking part in so many activities that engage their imagination and sense of spontaneity and keep them active!

Grande Section (GS)
For children from five to six years of age, it’s the year before CP when they learn to read and write. In GS the focus is on oral language: building vocabulary and focusing on syntax.   

The French Section follows the curricula established by the French Ministry of Education (MEN) and is accredited by the MEN.

 Click here to read the cycle 1 curriculum in French and here to read a summary in English



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