"It is the child who contains the salvation of life, it is in him that the man of tomorrow is elaborated"
UPPER ELEMENTARY SECTION 6 TO 12 YEARS
At 6 years of age, the child has become autonomous, he masters his gestures, his thoughts, his words, he is ready to discover the world!
To accompany him in the discovery of his environment is the role of the educator to help him become a researcher and discoverer of everything that is necessary to understand his environment, to take his place in society.
The year begins with great stories that set the scene:
• the creation of the earth
• the emergence of life
• the great history of the alphabet ...
From there, always by means of short presentations, called "key lessons", which the pupil is invited to repeat or which will serve as a basis for research, small work or various exercises, he will explore different areas: language, mathematics, geometry, biology, history and geography. The pupil at this age wants to understand, he will be encouraged, accompanied in his curious mind, to make him enthusiastic about everything that involves the world in which he lives.
The Montessori material still holds a great place there. It allows the pupil to be autonomous in his learning, it accompanies him to abstraction, at which point the material will no longer be necessary.
It is also the age to live with others, the child works more readily in small groups, he spends time managing his relationship with others and integrates the rules of life. He gradually learns to develop his own responsibility, develops his own self-esteem and thus gains his independence.
“Intelligence can only be driven by desire. For there to be desire, there must be pleasure and joy. Intelligence grows and bears fruit only with joy. The joy of learning is as essential to studies as is breathing to runners. "Maria Montessori”.
In upper Elementary, four classes are equipped and adapted to the needs and programme of 6-12 years old pupils. Each has an interactive whiteboard, tablets and computers for controlled use and complementary to Montessori equipment.
Its English teaching is performed in small daily groups, taught by an English-speaking teacher, and according to the knowledge and possibilities of each pupil. Learning to read and write in English is continued at the age of 6 and the PER curriculum can then be followed.
TYPICAL PROGRAMME OF THE WEEK
Cycle 2 : Mixed age group class, 6-9 years old. four and a half days of teaching per week; sports and swimming lessons included in the cursus.
6-7 years old - 3P Harmos
7-8 years old - 4P Harmos
8-9 years old - 5P Harmos
Objectives validated internally and by joint DIP/HARMOS common evaluations.
English objectives validated by the "Cambridge Young Learners Exams" (optional).
Two yearly evaluations of the work of the pupils: an oral evaluation with families in January and a written formative evaluation delivered in June covering the full school year.
Montessori programme over three years in connection with the Harmos 3/4P and 5P programme.