Primary school

Introduction

CFBL has developed expertise in bilingual primary education from PSM to CM2.

Each class is taught half the time by a qualified teacher who is a native French speaker, and the other half of the time by a qualified teacher who is a native English speaker. Consequently, the classes receive 13 hours a week of lessons taught in French and 13 hours of lessons taught in English. The two teachers work in close cooperation to define the contents of the lessons.

All the subjects and programs defined by the French Department for Education are therefore studied in both languages in a perfectly balanced teaching timetable, managed by pairs of native French and English-speaking teachers.

CFBL’s bilingualism is further enhanced by the bicultural dimension of the teaching, as the English-speaking teachers use specific teaching methods and practices which are a positive additional contribution. CFBL is therefore the meeting point of two teaching cultures and, as a result, both classes and assessments bring to bear the most relevant aspects of both systems.

Parents’ Handbooks & rules of procedure

Please download here the parents’ handbook – released in July 2021 – and here the rules of procedure.

Curriculum

From PSM to CM2, CFBL’s teachings correspond to the guidelines set out by the French Ministry for Education. They are based on the Common Core of Knowledge, Skills and Culture, a programme articulated around 5 main domains:

  • languages to think and communicate

  • methods and tools to learn

  • the development of the person and the citizen

  • natural and technical systems

  • representations of the world and of human activity

Since September 2016, a new curriculum is in place for all of primary school and secondary school as part of the 2013 law on educational reform. Teachings are now organised in cycles:

  • Cycle 1 (ages 3-6) : PS, MS, GS

  • Cycle 2 (ages 6-9) : CP, CE1, CE2

  • Cycle 3 (ages 9-12) : CM1, CM2, 6ème

  • Cycle 4 (ages 12-15)  : 5ème, 4ème, 3ème

One of CFBL’s priorities being the success of its students, programmes are built over 3-year cycles in order to create continuity over the 9 years of mandatory schooling: The main innovation of this new curriculum is based on continuity and homogeneity of the subjects in order to better follow pupils’ progress. Cycle 3, which links primary and secondary, creates a transition between the two schools and enhances academic continuity.

School hours

During the school term, class run Monday through Friday – apart from 5 inset Wednesdays, the dates of which will be given during the school year – at the following times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8.45am-3.30 pm

  • Wednesday: 9 am-11:30 pm

Students are welcome to arrive from 8:30 am.

Breaks

There are two breaks during the school day: one in the morning, and one in the afternoon.
Primary school pupils have lunch at CFBL on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. During the midday break, pupils can have lunch and play on the playground, go to the library or go to lunch-time clubs.

Absences

If your child is absent, please email us (info@cfbl.org.uk) and mention the first name, the last name and the class of the child.

After an absence and before going back to class, the student will have to give the Deputy Headteacher a letter signed by his or her parents (or legal guardian).

In case of a scheduled absence (for example, a doctor’s appointment), please send an email to info@cfbl.org.uk at least 48 hours before the scheduled absence.

A medical certificate is required for an absence due to illness lasting more than one week.

Supplies for 2021-2022

For Petite Section | Nursery and Moyenne Section | Reception children:

- box of tissues

- a slip on indoor shoes

- small bag with a change of clothes

- a plastic cup with the child’s name

- empty shoe box 

For Petite Section | Nursery children:

- a small blanket

- a little pillow

- a soft toy 

  • Une boite de mouchoirs

  • Des chaussures de danse type « gym plimsolls » avec le nom de votre enfant inscrit à l’intérieur dans un sac avec le nom de votre enfant.

  • Un sac fermé avec le nom de votre enfant et sa classe contenant des affaires de rechange : tee-shirt, pantalon, culotte/slip, chaussettes.

  • A school bag strong and wide enough to hold school exercise books (larger than A4)

  • A box of tissues.

  • A named pencil case to leave at school - big enough to hold all necessary material, including a glue stick and 15cm ruler. 

  • For the classroom: 2 packs of 4 whiteboard (dry wipe) pens

  • For sport: a CFBL P.E. kit (marked clearly with your child’s name)

  • Comfortable headphones or earphones (with a jack plug) marked clearly with your child’s name.

  • A reusable water bottle (CFBL bottles are available to order) marked clearly with your child’s name.

For home: a mini whiteboard marked with Seyes lines (on at least one side), three whiteboard (dry wipe) pens, colouring pencils, some felt tipped pens, a pencil, a pencil sharpener, an eraser, a small ruler marked in cm and mm, and a glue stick.

  • A school bag strong and wide enough to hold school exercise books (larger than A4)

  • A box of tissues.

  • A pencil case to leave at school - big enough to hold all necessary material, including a glue stick,... (with your child’s name)

  • For sport: a CFBL P.E. kit (marked clearly with your child’s name)

  • Comfortable headphones or earphones (with a jack plug) marked clearly with your child’s name.

  • A reusable water bottle (CFBL bottles are available to order) marked clearly with your child’s name.


For home:  colouring pencils, some felt tipped pens, a pencil, a pencil sharpener, an eraser, a small ruler marked in cm and mm, and a glue stick.

Pour des fournitures plus écoresponsables, nous encourageons les parents à réutiliser du matériel scolaire d’années précédentes.

  1. Un cartable suffisamment solide et large pour supporter la taille de cahiers légèrement supérieure à un format A4.

  2. Une trousse vide à conserver en classe.

  3. Un casque à conserver en classe et un petit sac en tissu pour le ranger.

  4. Une gourde à conserver en classe marquée au nom de votre enfant.

  5. Une tenue de sport CFBL marquée au nom de votre enfant.

  6. Une trousse garnie à conserver à la maison (crayon à papier, gomme, règle, taille crayon, stylos bleus, rouge, noir, vert, crayons de couleurs).

  7. Une ardoise à garder à la maison.

Cloth for personal whiteboard

A rubber

Pair of scissors 

Pencil sharpener with space for sharpenings

A large pencil case

Water bottle labelled with child’s name

CFBL sports kit labelled with child’s name

Headphones (example:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mpow-Headphones-Environments-Childrens-Smartphone-1-Cool-Blue/dp/B07HCW2Y9M/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=foldable+headphones+for+kids&qid=1594054004&sr=8-3 ) + box in which to store them.

Mandarin: work book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cahier-D%C3%A9criture-Chinoise-Pratique-Chinois/dp/B089D34W2Z/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Cahier+D%27%C3%A9criture+Chinoise%3A+Papier+Tian+Zi+Ge+Pour+La+Pratique+du+Chinois+et+de+leurs+Pinyin&qid=1623241317&sr=8-1

- Un cartable suffisamment solide et large pour supporter le poids de cahiers légèrement supérieurs à un format A4.

- Une trousse transparente d’environ 30 cm : 

(https://www.amazon.co.uk/Helix-Large-Pencil-Assorted-Colours/dp/B000ELYI12/ref=sr_1_30?crid=181B5T7J9Y0CI&dchild=1&keywords=transparent+pencil+case&qid=1624461565&s=officeproduct&sprefix=transparente+penc%2Coffice-products%2C144&sr=1-30)

- 1 stylo plume + 2 boîtes d’encre bleue (effaçable) - à renouveler au cours de l’année scolaire. 

- 2 effaceurs-réécriveurs (Tipex interdit) 

- 1 fluo surligneur (type stabilo boss) jaune.

- Une pochette (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rapesco-0688-Foolscap-Transparent-Assorted/dp/B000NLZAYC

- Une règle de 30cm flexible 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Helix-Coloured-Flexible-Assorted-Colours/dp/B0013NDV0Y/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=ruler+30cm&qid=1624461863&s=officeproduct&sr=1-8

UNIQUEMENT pour les nouveaux arrivants en CM2: Un cahier d’écriture Chinoise

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cahier-D%C3%A9criture-Chinoise-Pratique-Chinois/dp/B089D34W2Z/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Cahier+D%27%C3%A9criture+Chinoise%3A+Papier+Tian+Zi+Ge+Pour+La+Pratique+du+Chinois+et+de+leurs+Pinyin&qid=1623241317&sr=8-1

- Un casque audio filaire

- Une gourde marquée au nom de l’élève

- La tenue de sport CFBL marquée au nom de l’élève

- Un dictionnaire anglais 

- Un dictionnaire français Le Petit Robert micro

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Petit-Robert-Micro-Poche/dp/2321006447

Pour la maison:

une trousse avec un stylo bleu, un crayon à papier, une gomme et une règle (20 cm) que les élèves ne rapportent pas à l'école.

Merci de fournir à votre enfant uniquement les éléments suivants. Nous fournirons aux élèves tout le matériel nécessaire pour la géométrie et l’art.