YEAR 2 / GRADE 1 (6-7 YEARS) PROGRAM
Open Sky International France’s Year 2 curriculum, whether in English or French, is composed of work on language, literature and literacy.
These three learning areas focus on developing awareness of children’s productive skills (speaking, writing and creating) and receptive skills (listening, reading and observing).
Learning areas for the Year 1 / Grade 1
In Year 2, children learn to speak clearly and to use intonation when reading or reciting texts. They also learn to tell stories that are either real or fictional. They use the concepts learned in class and support their speech with non-verbal gestures whose objective is to support their verbal communication. We form discussion groups to interact on the story. In turns, children express themselves and listen to the suggestions of their classmates. They are able to answer questions and also to ask questions so that everyone can complete the opinions of other pupils. Children can step back to indicate what they liked or disliked in the story and argue in front of the class with an increasingly rich vocabulary.
In writing, we teach children to gather their ideas and organize them. They are asked to explain, on the basis of a text, why situations and characters evolve throughout the story. This is based on learning the organizational characteristics of texts. As they go along, children enrich and deepen their vocabulary with words and idioms. Children learn summary techniques by alternating simple sentences and compound sentences to record as much information as possible. We teach them to use upper and lower case in addition to punctuation.
We teach pupils to listen carefully to others in class, to ask questions related to the activity and to follow the instructions given by the teacher. In addition, children learn to identify what they are learning and to answer increasingly precise questions.
The reading program at Open Sky International is based on the child’s ability to decode a text and recognize the words they learn while knowing how to approach new words independently through sound recognition work. Children work on texts at a higher level than in the previous year so that reading is more linear and autonomous.
Open Sky International’s mathematics curriculum teaches children the basics of learning numbers, shapes, measurements and data processing.
Children continue to learn about problem solving through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We teach children to identify and sort information or solve problems that await them. Children then understand how to solve problems, what tools to use and how to present their solution in an organized way, alternating between mathematical and literary languages.
Pupils learn to read and write 2 and 3-digit numbers in numbers and letters. They assimilate the count to 100 then count from 10 to 10, from 5 to 5 and from 2 to 2. They also learn to order numbers in ascending and descending orders. We also show them how to find quarters, three-quarters and halves on numbers, shapes or objects. Through this we make the child understand the principles of division and multiplication.
Children also do mental arithmetic using written and practical methods that we teach them. We familiarize children with mathematical symbols (+, -, ×, ÷ and =) so that they can begin to solve simple numerical equations (e.g.”? ÷ 2 = 6″ or “30 – ? = 24).
We guide children to visualize and name 2D and 3D shapes, describe their characteristics, use them to form patterns, photos, models. From this, the children work on the principle of symmetry with respect to an axis. We train pupils so that they can understand how rotation works by learning angles, clockwise and anti-clockwise directions, distances and speed.
We also teach children to estimate, measure, weigh lengths, weights or capacities by choosing the right units of measurement. We teach them to use units of time and to know the relationships between them (seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, years).
Children work in the form of projects. We have included in our curriculum projects such as light, seasons, the study of living beings (Fauna & Flora), the study of the human body and the 5 senses, the study of sounds, the study of materials, etc.
Our science curriculum aims to guide children in the realization of projects so that they can interpret the world around them in their own way.
Other learning areas
Open Sky International also offers other learning areas such as:
Sports activities for the Year 2 / Grade 1
Within the framework of the partnership signed between Open Sky International and the Stade Français Omnisports (www.stadefrancais.com), the school’s students can practice various team and individual sports in two outdoor sites and one indoor site. They have access to the large green areas of the Faisanderie in the Saint-Cloud park, the mini-golf courses of the Haras Lupin in Vaucresson as well as the indoor sports hall of 1500m² in the Géo-André Porte de Saint-Cloud sports complex in Paris.
The aim of this partnership is, through a variety of disciplines, to introduce children to different sports activities in order to transmit to them a taste for sport and its ethics. It is based on the principles of sharing, solidarity and respect.
Outdoor sports at the Faisanderie (September to November)
As part of the partnership, Open Sky International offers outdoor sports activities according to the age of the children. This initiative offers them a greater variety of activities and introduces them to new sporting values, thus enabling them to adopt a course of action. These take place on the large green spaces of La Faisanderie from September to November.
Tennis in Geo-André (December to March)
Tennis has educational and sporting aspects. This sport encourages the development of educational values based on fair play and respect for the opponent. It allows children to learn new techniques and cultivate their tactical sense, which proves necessary to adapt to different playing conditions.
It is also a sport that can be played individually or as a team.
Mini-golf at Haras Lupin (April to June)
By teaching them mini-golf, we want to strengthen children’s coordination and balance skills. They will be able to develop their gestures quickly, since this sport is based on practice and trial and error. Mini-golf will stimulate their ability to imagine and plan different trajectories in order to reach their target.
Other activities within the school
Open Sky International France also offers additional activities integrated with Year 1 curriculum.
Children participate in several types of activities aimed at developing their values, social and emotional skills, creativity and curiosity.
The teaching of art allows children to discover great painters such as Van Gogh, George Braque, Monet, Picasso, Michel Ange, etc.
Students learn artistic perception, aesthetic evaluation, creative expression, and historical and cultural contexts.
Art gives them the opportunity to express themselves, bringing them to bring out their inner world towards a concrete reality, to understand abstract concepts. It also helps them to develop both their independence and teamwork.
Drama education aims to develop children’s multiple skills, whether through:
The integration of capoeira in our activities has several goals: to bring to the children an activity mixing rhythm and flexibility, but also a gain in coordination and concentration.
Capoeira allows the development of body control and creativity, but also the respect of rules and partners during group training.
This activity also allows the children to channel their energy and will to promote learning.