Cycle 2 Curriculum

U.S. Grades: Grades 1-3
French Equivalent: CP, CE1, CE2
French Immersion:  80%

Acquiring fundamental skills

First, second, and third Grades are combined in the Cycle des Apprentissages Fondamentaux. Here, with ever increasing autonomy, students develop their basic skills including reading in both languages and cursive writing. As in their Early Learning (Maternelle) years, Cycle 2 students spend 80% of their time in French. The goal to provide students with enough vocabulary, structure, and competency in understanding and expression in French in order to tackle any academic subject in French in Cycle 3. A logical, systematic approach and a pride in presentation of work are also viewed as prerequisites for clear thinking and future academic success.

Going Deeper: Cycle 2 Curriculum Domains


Social and Emotional Development – Work Habits

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT – WORK HABITS
DÉVELOPPEMENT ÉMOTIONNEL ET SOCIAL - HABITUDES DE TRAVAIL 

Assessment competencies:

- Social skills
- Respects others and school rules
- Collaborates with others
- Self-management
- Works independently
- Stays on task
- Listens to and follows directions
- Has a positive attitude toward learning 

Standards alignment: Ministère de l’Éducation nationale/
Updated: January 2016

Spoken and Written Language

SPOKEN AND WRITTEN LANGUAGE - 
LANGUE ORALE ET LANGUE ÉCRITE 

Oral French assessment competencies:

- Follows the sense of the discussion and expresses oneself effectively                                   
- Recites from memory with expression a few short texts or poems                             
- Applies correctly vocabulary and structures studied                            
- Tells a story using an appropriate sequence                             
- Understands the directions and the daily vocabulary studied

Oral English assessment competencies:         

- Attends to speaker and discussion                                  
- Shares ideas willingly

French reading assessment competencies: 

- Reads aloud a text decoding familiar and unfamiliar words                            
- Reads directions independently                          
- Identifies the main idea, the characters and the events in a text                                
- Demonstrates an understanding of a text by retelling it or answering questions

English reading assessment competencies:   

- Reads fluently, accurately and with expression                         
- Applies appropriate reading strategies                          
- Demonstrates literal comprehension                              
- Demonstrates interpretive comprehension

French writing assessment competencies:     

- Copies legibly a short text without error                        
- Writes a short text independently (5 to 10 lines)                                 
- Applies appropriate punctuation and language conventions

English writing assessment competencies:    

- Communicates ideas effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences
- Applies appropriate language mechanics and conventions

French language mechanics assessment competencies:         

- Vocabulary              
Expresses oneself using precise vocabulary                                 
- Grammar                
Recognizes a sentence and its components                                  
Conjugates a few basic verbs                                 
- Spelling                    
Spells phonetically                           
Writes words from memory without error                                   
Applies appropriate language mechanics and conventions

Standards alignment: Ministère de l’Éducation nationale and for English: Adapted from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO Common Core, American Diploma Project Network, and the following state departments of education: Utah, Maine, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Georgia.
Updated: February 2016
Authors: Ellen Burdge, Director of Teaching and Learnin
g and Andrew Brown

Mathematics

MATHEMATICS -  
MATHÉMATIQUES

Assessment competencies:

- Number sense          
Demonstrates understanding of numbers and operations                                
- Measurement
Demonstrates understanding of measurement                           
- Geometry                 
Demonstrates understanding of the properties of two and three dimensional shapes
- Problem solving      
Applies a variety of concepts and processes to solve a range of problems

Standards alignment: Ministère de l'éducation nationale, de la jeunesse et de la vie associative (DGESCO) Areo Mathematics Framework  ©Areo 2011. Adapted from the California Common Core State Standards March 2013
Updated: February 2016
Authors: Ellen Burdge, Director of Teaching and Learning and Andrew Brown 

Discovering the World

DISCOVERING THE WORLD -
DÉCOUVERTE DU MONDE 

Assessment competencies:

- Space and time                 
Demonstrates an understanding of concepts in the unit of study                                 
- Living world, matter and objects           
Demonstrates an understanding of concepts in the unit of study

Standards alignment: National Science Teachers Association NSTAMinistère de l'Éducation nationale, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche - Direction générale de l'enseignement scolaire – EduscolNouveau socle commun@2015
Updated: February 2016
Authors: Ellen Burdge, Director of Teaching and Learning and Andrew Brown 

 

Visual and Performing Arts

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS - 
PRATIQUES ARTISTIQUES ET HISTOIRE DES ARTS

Music assessment competencies:          

- Sings a song from memory exploring vocal range                                 
- Demonstrates rhythm                               
- Analyses simple musical elements, expresses emotions and preferences                              

Visual arts assessment competencies:   

- Completes a task following specific instructions                        
- Participates in activities

Standards alignment: Ministère de l’Éducation nationale/
Updated: January 2016

Physical Education and Sports

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORTS - 
EDUCATION PHYSIQUES ET SPORTIVE

Physical education assessment competencies:                       

- Engages actively                            
- Demonstrates motor skills                        
- Participates actively in a group in different roles                                  
- Respects the rules

Standards alignment: Ministère de l’Éducation nationale/
Updated: January 2016
Authors: 
 

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