Introduction

The teaching programme in secondary continues to emphasise proficiency in English and the intensive learning of other modern languages.

From 6ème, all students have five hours of English and British culture classes. The aim is to enable as many students as possible at the end of  3ème to sit the tests for the French national schools certificate (Diplôme National du Brevet – DNB), International option.

CFBL also offers teaching completely in English for some non-linguistic subjects, such as the visual arts, music and information technology.

CFBL also attaches great importance to other modern languages. Spanish, German and Mandarin are offered as second modern languages from 6ème. Beginners Mandarin is offered to all students in 4ème and 3ème who have not choose it as second modern language.

At the end of 3ème, our students move on to a French lycée in London (mainly the Lycée International Winston Churchill, but also the Lycée Charles de Gaulle) or another school in France or overseas. Some students continue in the English educational system.

Curriculum

Compulsory subjects

Hours per week

Subjects6ème5ème4ème3ème
French (native)4444,5
French support classes1110,5
Mathematics in French2444
Mathematics in English2
Mathematics support classes12
English*5555
History & Geography / moral and civic education3334
History & Geography in English1
Physics & Chemistry0,51,51,51,5
Life & Earth Sciences1,51,51,51,5
Foreign Language (Spanish/German/Mandarin)3333
Technology1111
Information Technology (I.T.)*0,50,50,50,5
Art*0,50,50,50,5
Music*1111
Physical Education (PE)**4333

* Classes taught in English
** Classes taught in English or French

Optional subjects

Subjects6ème5ème4ème3ème
Additional teaching of History-Geography (international option)*2222
Mandarin (introduction)22
Ancient Greek2
Latin233
Duke of Edinburgh (excluding expeditions)1

* Classes taught in English

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh is an national programme that seeks to develop students’ soft skills and enhance their CVs and university applications. Students learn how to work as a team, be commited and dedicated, how to take on responsibility. They are also given opportunities to grow and mature. This is a paid-for option (£200 per year).

If selected, students will participate within the Bronze Award, which requires them to complete four separate sections:

  • Volunteering: 3 months* 
    Volunteer to give time to help people in your community or society, the environment or animals. For volunteer activities you need to choose to give time to do something useful without getting paid (apart from expenses).
  • Physical: 3 months*
    Taking part in a physical activity.
  • Skills: 3 months*
    Developing a skill helps you get better at something you are really interested in and gives you the confidence and ability to use this skill both now and later in life
  • Expedition: 2 days / 1 night (plus a training expedition: 2 days/1 night)
    Hiking, map reading, camping overnight and cooking in groups. Two separate locations for these expeditions.

*one of these 3 sections must take place over 6 months

Students will meet with the DofE Leader at CFBL (Mr Canto) every week to help guide them through each section, and ensure all administrational work is completed before final expedition. Training will be given on map reading, using a compass, planning routes, preparing and packing equipment (including packing their rucksacks), assembling of tents, use of stoves, and basic meal planning and preparation. In addition, all students will learn basic first aid training (all students must have their own first aid kit on expeditions).
There will be a practice expedition in Octobre and final expedition in spring, both for 2 days / 1 night each.

Brevet results

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20158685232422
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2017808061657
2018606061438
2019707091050

School hours

During the term, the school runs Monday through Friday.

Each school day is divided into nine 50-minute sessions:

8:30- 9:2011:25- 12:1514:20- 15:10
9:25- 10:1512:20- 13:1015:15- 16:05
10:30- 11:2013:15- 14:0516:10- 17:00

Students are welcome to arrive from 8:15 onwards.

Breaks

There are two breaks during the school day: 10:15-10:30 and 14:05-14:20.
Students have lunch from 11:25 to 12:15, from 12:20 to 13:10, or from 13:15 to 14:05, depending on their schedule. 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 and/or call 020 7993 7400.

After an absence and before going back to class, the student will have to give the Deputy Headteacher for Secondary School 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 viescolaire@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.

Textbooks and supplies

Below is a list of textbooks and supplies for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please note that there is a new PE kit, which came into effect in September 2019. The PE kit is mandatory for all students. Students will be given a day planner, so it is not necessary for them to buy one.

6ème | Year 7

A fully stocked pencil case – ecofreindly if possible:

4 colored pen or 4 pens (1 blue, 1 red, 1 green, 1 black) or 1 ink erasable pen
1 pencil
1 rubber eraser
1 pen sharpener
1 ruler
1 glue
1 scissors
1 highlighter pen
6 colored pencils (red, blue, green, yellow, orange, brown)
1 eraser and/or 1 correction pen
1 set of earphones/earbuds/headphones

French:

Textbook: L’envol des lettres – BELIN – 6ème – ISBN-10: 2701198445 ISBN-13: 978-2701198446
Cahier de français 6ème – Hatier 2016 – ISBN-10: 2218989409 – ISBN-13: 978-2218989407
Supplies: 1 A4 4 ring binder with dividers (8)
Single sheet Calligraphe A4 “White Paper”Loose Leaf Paper and double sheet A4 loose paper
A hole punch (optional)

History-Geography:

Textbook: none
Supplies: 1 A4 4 ring binder with dividers (6)
Single sheet Calligraphe A4 “White Paper”Loose Leaf Paper and double sheet A4 loose paper

Maths :

Textbook: maths 6e – Mission Indigo Hachette Education – ISBN 978-2013953894
Workbook: Mathématiques 6e (Ed. 2018) – Bordas, collection Myriade – ISBN : 9782047335697
Supplies: 1 24 x 27 Seyes 96 p. book with plastic book cover (exercise book)
For Maths and DNL Maths: 
1 geometry kit (ruler, square, protactor, Maped Stop System Compass Case (5 Pieces))
1 calculator Casio collège Fx 92 (only that model)

DNL Maths :

Textbook: none
Supplies: 1 24 x 27 Seyes 96 p. book with plastic book cover (exercise book). This book will be shared with Maths in French
1 binder with 8 dividers and classeur and single loose sheet paper (exercice binder for DNL) 

Technology / Biology / Physics :

Textbook: none
Supplies: A large A4 binder including:
4 dividers
15 sheets of squared paper
15 “copies doubles”
10 sheets of plain white paper, hole punched

English “red for 6ème”:

Textbook: none
Books: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – ISBN: 978-1840227567
Please make sure you purchase the correct edition so we can all be on the same page!
Supplies: 2 RED 4 ring binders labelled students name (cardboard/recyclable)
1 RED cardboard folder
+ Multi-colour cardboard/recyclable subject dividers

+ £8 for a yearly subscription to Literacy Planet 2020-21 (available all summer 2020 for our 5e to 3e students!)

German:

Textbook: Hab Spaß! (Nue)1er Année (Bordas 2017) – ISBN: 978-2-04-7333143
Workbook: Hab Spaß! (Neu) 1er Année – (Bordas 2016) – ISBN: 978-204-7333150
Supplies: An A4 copybook (24*32 cm) 96 pages with a plastic cover

Spanish:

Textbook: Gente Joven 1 Nueva Edición – ISBN: 978-84-15620-75-4
Cuaderno de ejercicios (Cahier d’exercices) – ISBN: 978-84-15620-76-1
Supplies: An A4 copybook (24*32 cm) 96 pages with a plastic cover

Mandarin:

Textbook: 6e niveau A1 – Chinese Made Easy – 3rd edition – Simplified character de Yamin Ma – ISBN-13: 978-9620434587
Workbook: Chinese Made Easy 1 – Workbook. Simplified character version 2018 – by Yamin Ma (Author) – ISBN-13: 978-9620434655
Supplies: An A4 copybook (24*32 cm) 96 pages with a plastic cover

Arts

Textbook: none
Supplies: A4 Sketchbook min 140 gsm cartridge paper (No watercolour paper or tear away pads)
HB, 2B and 6B pencils
Fineliner
Coloured pencils

Music

1 manuscript book (A5)

ICT

nothing

5ème | Year 8

A fully stocked pencil case – eco-friendly if possible:

4 colored pen or 4 pens (1 blue, 1 red, 1 green, 1 black) or 1 ink erasable pen
1 pencil
1 rubber eraser
1 pen sharpener
1 ruler
1 glue
1 scissors
1 highlighter pen
6 colored pencils (red, blue, green, yellow, orange, brown)
1 eraser and/or 1 correction pen
1 set of earphones/earbuds/headphones

French:

Textbook: L’envol des lettres – BELIN – 5ème – ISBN-10: 2701198453 ISBN-13: 978-2701198453
Cahier de français 5ème – Hatier 2016 – ISBN-10: 2218989395 ISBN-13: 978-2218989391
Supplies: A A4 binder with 8 dividers
Single sheet Calligraphe A4 “White Paper”Loose Leaf Paper and double sheet A4 loose paper
A hole punch (optional)

History-Geography:

Textbook: none
Supplies: A big binder with 6 dividers
Single sheet Calligraphe A4 “White Paper”Loose Leaf Paper and double sheet A4 loose paper

Maths:

Textbook: Phare 5ème, éditeur : Hachette éducation; édition 2016. ISBN : 978-2-01-120119-5
Supplies: 2  24 x 32 copybook with plastic cover, Séyès, 96 pages.
1 geometry kit (ruler, square, protactor, Maped Stop System Compass Case (5 Pieces))
1 calculator Casio collège Fx 92 (only that model)

Technology:

Textbook: none
Supplies: A non-thick binder
4 dividers
15 Single sheet Calligraphe A4 “White Paper” Loose Leaf Paper

Biology:

Textbook: Livret de SVT, éditions Magnard, ISBN: 978-2-210-11202-5 (will be used throughout the whole key stage)
Textbook – optional
: Hatier, réf ISBN : 978-2-401-04000-7
(will be used throughout the whole key stage)
Supplies: An A4 display book folder, 80 pockets minimum containing: lined or squared paper
10 “copies doubles”
10 sheets of plain white A4 paper

Physics and Chemistry:

Textbook – optional: “Le livre scolaire” 979-1090910980 ou disponible en ligne
Supplies: A big 24x32cm copybook with SMALL squares
A plastic cover
Single sheet Calligraphe A4 “White Paper”Loose Leaf Paper or double sheet A4 loose with SMALL squares

English “blue for 5ème” :

Textbook: none
Books: The Lord of the Flies by William Golding – ISBN: 978-0571191475
No Fear: Much Ado About Nothing (SparkNotes No Fear Shakespeare) Paperback – ISBN: 978-1411401013Please make sure you purchase the correct edition so we can all be on the same page!
Supplies: 2 BLUE 4 ring binders labelled students name (cardboard/recyclable)
1 BLUE cardboard folder 
+ Multi-colour cardboard/recyclable subject dividers

+ £8 for a yearly subscription to Literacy Planet 2020-21 (available all summer 2020 for our 5e to 3e students!)

Spanish:

Textbook: Gente Joven 2 Nueva Edición. Libro del alumno – ISBN: 978-84-15620-87-7
Cuaderno de ejercicios (Cahier d’exercices) – ISBN: 978-84-15620-88-4
Supplies: A 24×32 cm copybook with 96 pages and a plastic cover

German:

Textbook: Hab Spaß! (Neu)2e Année (Bordas 2017) – ISBN: 978-2-04-733318-1
Cahier d’activité : Hab Spaß! (Neu) 2e Année  – (Bordas 2016)- ISBN: 978-204-733319-8
Supplies: A 24×32 cm copybook with 96 pages and a plastic cover

Latin:

Textbook: Manuel Magnard Latin, 5e (ISBN-10: 2210107628)
Supplies: A porte vues

Arts

Textbook: aucun manuel n’est demandé
Supplies: A4 Sketchbook min 140 gsm cartridge paper (No watercolour paper or tear away pads)
Students can use existing sketchbook from 6eme
HB,2B and 6B pencils
Fineliner
Set of watercolours (for home use)

Music

1 manuscript book (A5)

ICT

pas de matériel spécifique

4ème | Year 9

A fully stocked pencil case – eco-friendly if possible:

4 colored pen or 4 pens (1 blue, 1 red, 1 green, 1 black) or 1 ink erasable pen
1 pencil
1 rubber eraser
1 pen sharpener
1 ruler
1 glue
1 scissors
1 highlighter pen
6 colored pencils (red, blue, green, yellow, orange, brown)
1 eraser and/or 1 correction pen
1 set of earphones/earbuds/headphones

French:

Textbook: L’envol des lettres – BELIN – 4ème – ISBN-10: 2701198461 ISBN-13: 978-2701198460
Cahier de français 4ème – Hatier 2016 – ISBN-10: 2218989387 ISBN-13: 978-2218989384
Supplies: An A4 binder (4 rings) with 8 dividers
Single sheet Calligraphe A4 “White Paper”Loose Leaf Paper and double sheet A4 loose paper
A hole punch (optional)

History-Geography:

Textbook: none
Supplies: A big binder with 6 dividers
Single and double sheet Calligraphe A4 “White Paper” Loose Leaf Paper

Maths:

Textbook: Collection Myriade ; éditeur: Bordas . Edition 2016. ISBN : 978-2047332931
Supplies: 1 geometry kit (ruler, square, protactor, Maped Stop System Compass Case (5 Pieces))
1 calculator Casio collège Fx 92 (only that model)
2 24 X 32 copybooks with plastic cover, Séyès, 96 pages.

Technology:

Textbook: none
Supplies: A non-thick binder
4 dividers
15 Single sheet Calligraphe A4 Loose Leaf Paper (small or big squares)

Life and Earth Science:

Textbook: Livret SVT – réf ISBN : 978-2-210-11202-5 (has been bought in 5ème if your child was a CFBL student last year, we use the same throughout the whole key stage)
Textbook – optional: Hatier, réf ISBN: 978-2-401-04000-7
(will be used throughout the whole key stage)
Supplies: An A4 display book folder, 80 pockets minimum containing: lined or squared paper, 10 “copies doubles”  and 10 sheets of plain white A4 paper.

Physics-Chemistry:

Textbook – optional: “Le livre scolaire” 979-1090910997 ou disponible en ligne
Supplies: A big 24x32cm copybook with SMALL squares 
A plastic cover
Single Punched Double Sided Paper A4 or double with small squares

English “green colour for 4ème”:

Textbook: none
Books: To Kill a Mockingbird – ISBN: 978-0099549482
The Merchant of VeniceGrade 9-1 GCSE English The Merchant of Venice – The Complete Play (CGP GCSE English 9-1 Revision) Paperback – 21 Feb. 2018 – ISBN: 978-1782948506
Please make sure you purchase the correct edition so we can all be on the same page!
Supplies: 2 GREEN (colour) 4 ring binders labelled students name (cardboard/recyclable)
1 GREEN (colour) cardboard folder 
+ Multi-colour cardboard/recyclable subject dividers

+ £8 for a yearly subscription to Literacy Planet 2020-21 (available all summer 2020 for our 5e to 3e students!)

Spanish:

Textbook: Gente Joven 3 Nueva Edición. Libro del alumno – ISBN: 978-84-15846-31-4
Cuaderno de ejercicios (exercise book) – ISBN: 978-84-15846-32-1
Supplies: A 24*32 cm copybook – 96 pages
with a plastic cover

German:

Textbook: Hab Spaß! (Neu) 3e Année (Bordas 2017) – ISBN: 978-2-04-7333228
Cahier d’activité : Hab Spaß! (Neu) 3e Année – (Bordas 2016) – ISBN: 978-204-733323-5
Supplies: A 24*32 cm copybook – 96 pages
with a plastic cover

Mandarin:

Textbook: 4e niveau A1 – Chinese Made Easy – 3rd edition – Simplified character de Yamin Ma – ISBN-13 : 978-9620434587
Workbook : Chinese Made Easy 1 – Workbook. Simplified character version 2018 by Yamin Ma (Author) – ISBN-13: 978-9620434655
Supplies: cahier d’écriture
A porte vue
A A4 copybook

Latin:

Textbook: Manuel Magnard Latin, 4e (ISBN-10: 2210110858)
Supplies: A porte vue

Arts:

Textbook: none
Supplies: A4 Sketchbook min 140 gsm cartridge paper (No watercolour paper or tear away pads)
Students can use existing sketchbook from 5eme
HB,2B and 6B pencils
Fineliner
Set of watercolours (for home use)

Music:

1 manuscript book (A5)

ICT

pas de matériel spécifique

3ème | Year 10

A fully stocked pencil case – eco-friendly if possible:

4 colored pen or 4 pens (1 blue, 1 red, 1 green, 1 black) or 1 ink erasable pen
1 pencil
1 rubber eraser
1 pen sharpener
1 ruler
1 glue
1 scissors
1 highlighter pen
6 colored pencils (red, blue, green, yellow, orange, brown)
1 eraser and/or 1 correction pen
1 set of earphones/earbuds/headphones

French:

Textbook: L’envol des lettres – BELIN – 3ème – ISBN-10: 270119847X ISBN-13: 978-2701198477
La grammaire par les exercices 3ème – Bordas – ISBN-10 : 2047336341 ISBN-13 : 978-2047336342 (edition 2019)
Supplies: An 4 binder (4 rings) with dividers (8)
Single sheet Calligraphe A4 “White Paper”Loose Leaf Paper and double sheet A4 loose paper
une petite perforatrice (optionnelle)

History-Geography:

Textbook: none
Supplies: A big binder
6 dividers
Single sheet Calligraphe A4 “White Paper”Loose Leaf Paper and double sheet A4 loose paper

Maths:

Textbook: Collection Myriade ; éditeur : Bordas. Edition 2016. ISBN : 9782047332955
Cahier de compétences : Mathématiques 3e, collection Myriade , éditeur :  Bordas . Edition 2019 – ISBN : 9782047337325
Supplies: 1 geometry kit (ruler, square, protactor, Maped Stop System Compass Case (5 Pieces))
1 calculator Casio collège Fx 92 (only that model)
2 24 X 32 cpoybooks, Séyès, 96 pages, with a plastic cover

Technology:

Textbook: nothing
Supplies: A small binder
4 dividers
15 Single sheet Calligraphe A4 “White Paper”Loose Leaf Paper

Biology:

Textbook: Livret SVT – réf ISBN : 978-2-210-11202-5 (has been bought in 5ème or 4ème if your child was a CFBL student then, we use the same throughout the whole key stage)
Textbook – optional: Hatier, réf ISBN : 978-2-401-04000-7
Supplies: An A4 display book folder, 80 pockets minimum containing: lined or squared paper, 10 “copies doubles”  and 10 sheets of plain white A4 paper.

Physics-Chemistry:

Textbook – optional: “Le livre scolaire” 979-1090910584 ou disponible en ligne
Supplies: A regular copybook (24*32 cm) with little squares
An exercice book cover
Single sheet Calligraphe A4 “White Paper”Loose Leaf Paper and double sheet A4 loose paper (small or wide spacing)

English “purple for 3ème”:

Textbook: none
Books: 1984 – 1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics) – ISBN: 978-0141187761
New IGCSE text = TWELFTH NIGHT – Publishing House/ISBN = TBA
Please make sure you purchase the correct edition so we can all be on the same page!
Supplies: 2 PURPLE 4 ring binders labelled students name (cardboard/recyclable)
1 PURPLE cardboard folder
+ Multi-colour cardboard/recyclable subject dividers

+ £8 for a yearly subscription to Literacy Planet 2020-21 (available all summer 2020 for our 5e to 3e students!)

Spanish:

Textbook: Gente Joven 4 Nueva Edición. Libro del alumno – ISBN: 978-84-16057-21-4
Cuaderno de ejercicios (Cahier d’exercices) – ISBN: 978-84-16057-22-1
Supplies: A regular copybook (24*32 cm) 96 pages
An A4/Foolscap Plastic Popper Wallet

German:

Textbook: Hab Spaß! (Neu) 4e Année (Bordas 2018) – ISBN: 978-2-047-33577-2
Workbook: Hab Spaß! (Neu) 4e Année – (Bordas 2018) – ISBN:978-2-047-335789
Supplies: A 24*32 cm 96 pages copybook
An A4/Foolscap Plastic Popper Wallet

Mandarin:

Textbook: 4e niveau A1 à A2 – Chinese Made Easy – 3rd edition – Simplified character de Yamin Ma 
Exercice book : Chinese Made Easy 1 – Workbook. Simplified character version 2018 by Yamin Ma (Author) – ISBN-13: 978-9620434655
Supplies: Writing pen
Porte Vues
A regular copybook

Latin:

Textbook: Manuel Magnard Latin, 3e (ISBN : 978-2-210-11095-3)
Supplies: A Porte Vues

Arts:

Textbook: none
Fournitures : A4 Sketchbook min 140 gsm cartridge paper (No watercolour paper or tear away pads)
Students can use existing sketchbook from 4eme
HB,2B and 6B pencils
Fineliner
Set of watercolours (for home use)

Music:

1 manuscript book (A5)

ICT:

nothing