Good afternoon to all!
I’ll tell you about the school in France. You often wonder if your education system is the same for all other countries. I’ll present one of France for children from 3 to 15 years.
Your Pre-School and your Kindergarten
Usually, the children begin to go to school at 3 years old. They join, also, the kindergarten school and enter in “petite section” grade. The next year, they join the “moyenne section” grade. The following class is the “grande section” grade. They begin, also, to become familiar with the alphabet and to learn to count and to write their name.
Your Elementary School
New grade. They enter into the playgrounds of big ones now! It’s the primary school or elementary school. The first grade is the “CP” who means “preparatory course” in french. This is the year where they learn to read and to write, good isn’t it? In the next class, they study grammar, spelling, conjugation, vocabulary, math, science, history, geography and one foreign language. There are “CE1” and “CE2” who mean “elementary course, first year and second year” in french, and “CM1” and “CM2” who mean “medium course, first year and second year”. They learn English increasingly young, for my part I had the first English course in CM1..
Your Middle School with the 9th Grade
The next step is the “collège” not to be confused with the university in America. It’s your Junior High School. First there is the 6th and the 5th where the schoolchildren learn French, math, science, physics, a foreign language (usually English), history, geography, civics, technology, music, plastic arts and sport, and the 4th and 3rd where they learn a second foreign language in addition: German or Spanish in general. At the end of four years of Junior High School they take an exam: the brevet. It is a test in control continues that is to say the averages in each subject has a coefficient of 1 point. The final tests of the examination have a coefficient of 2 points.