YEARS 3 & 4 / GRADES 2 & 3 (7-9 YEARS) PROGRAM
Open Sky International France‘s Years 3 and 4 curriculum, both in English and French, consists of a work on language, literature and sound recognition related to each letter.
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 Years 3 & 4 / Second and third grades
In years 3 and 4, children learn to choose and prepare poems, stories, etc., with the appropriate expressions, tone, volume of voice and verbal and non-verbal tools they need. We encourage children to become clear and precise in their speech and to use specific vocabulary adapted to the context studied. We form discussion groups so that children interact with each other and so that all members of the class feel concerned by the recitation of their classmate.
The teaching of written skills includes taking notes on written and oral parts. Children also learn how the different texts studied are organized (story, short story, narrative…). We show children how, through a text, the author can challenge readers with descriptive language. We work with them so that they can identify all the key factors of a text such as place and time and so that they put coherence between the notions. We finally teach them how to write.
Children learn to give their opinions in an orderly and relevant manner while respecting those of their peers.
The reading program at Open Sky International is based on the ability of the child to decode a text and recognize the words he learns while knowing how to integrate new words independently through the work of sound recognition linked to each letter. The children work on texts at a richer level than the previous year so that their reading becomes as linear and autonomous as possible. We teach children how to build more complex words, including building words with prefixes and suffixes. Thus, they can better understand the formation of these words and discover new words for themselves.
Open Sky International’s mathematics curriculum teaches children the basics of learning numbers, shapes, measurements and data processing.
Students learn to solve problems in two solutions by involving numbers, measurements, money and time with appropriate calculations. They assimilate the construction of tables, lists, graphs to organize and interpret data. We also teach children to express themselves both orally and in writing about the methods, choices and solutions they have chosen.
Children learn to read and write and order whole numbers at least up to 1000. They assimilate the counting from 10 to 10, from 5 to 5 and from 2 to 2. We also teach them fractions in digital and schematic forms. They are then able to order them in relation to an axis in ascending or descending order.
We give a lot of importance to mental calculation thanks to written and practical methods that we teach them. We familiarize children with multiplications tables to develop their skills in multiplications and divisions. Children learn to mentally chain combinations of numbers and numbers.
We guide students 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 and a point. We train students on how rotation works by learning angles, clockwise and anti-clockwise directions, distances and speed.
Finally, we 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 project form. In our program, we have included projects such as light, seasons, the study of living beings (Fauna & Flora), the human body and the 5 senses, the study of sounds, 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 France also offers other learning areas such as:
Sports activities for the Years 3 & 4 / Grades 2 & 3
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 Years 3 and 4 curriculum.
Children participate in several types of activities aimed at developing their values, social and emotional skills, creativity and curiosity.
We place a high importance on learning chess from the second grade onwards. The aim of these courses is to develop:
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.