Lower School

Pupils aged 5-12 years are taught in Albyn’s Lower School which is broadly equivalent to L’École Primaire although Albyn’s Lower School starts a year earlier (La grande section de maternelle) and ends a year later (La sixième).

The table below illustrates the equivalence in year groups.


Comparison between L’École Primaire and the Albyn’s Lower School

La grande section de maternelle ou GS (5 ans) P1
Cours préparatoire ou CP (6 ans) P2
Cours élémentaire 1re année ou CE1 (7 ans) P3
Cours élémentaire 2e année ou CE2 (8 ans) P4
Cours moyen 1re année ou CM1 (9 ans) P5
Cours moyen 2e année ou CM2 (10 ans) P6
La sixième (11 ans) P7

Those following Albyn School’s curriculum develop their skills of numeracy and literacy while being introduced to a wide variety of new subjects that include languages such as French, and Spanish and using the cross curricular format of the International Primary Curriculum. Subject specialists from the Upper School teach Art, Music, Physical Education and Sport. An overview of what is covered each Lower School year can be found on the Lower School section of Albyn School’s website.

Those following the French hybrid curriculum will be taught the following subjects in the French language medium:

Mathematics for around four hours per week;

French for between five and six hours per week

History, Geography and Citizenship for two to three hours per week

The rest of the curriculum will be taught through the medium of English in classes with Albyn School Lower School pupils.

There are subject booklets that provide more detailed information about the curriculum in different stages of the School that can be obtained through the Admissions Department at Albyn

School and more detailed information about the French curriculum can currently be found on the TOTAL French School website, rubrique “pédagogie”.

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