Primary school runs from CP to CM2. It is in these classes that children start to get a grasp of fundamentals skills and acquire a solid base in all subjects, mostly using French.

Class

Age

CP

6

CE1 (Primary 1)

7

CE2 (Primary 1)

8

CM1 (Primary 1)

9

CM2 (Intermediate Primary 2)

10

Objectives of Primary School

Primary school is the foundation of learning.

French school programmes aim to give pupils a solid knowledge and cultural base and a common set of skills. It focuses on 5 main areas:

  • Languages as a means of thinking and communicating
  • Methods and tools for learning
  • Training of the individual and citizen
  • The way nature and things work
  • Representations of the world and human activity

Our top priority is for children at EFI Bucharest to become proficient in French: assimilation of the language and skill in writing.

In this context, our educational programme has been carefully prepared to take into account the complex issues related to learning in three languages, so our pupils’ learning and knowledge can improve on a very wide variety of subjects:

  • Children develop their logic thanks to subjects like geometry or problem solving
  • Children learn to organise their ideas, prepare for the events that mark the year, and manage their own work
  • We teach them the concepts of time, space and environment
  • Physical education, music and art complete this important phase in the child’s development

We encourage children to be original, creative and autonomous in all their learning. They make presentations of their work on a regular basis, thereby gaining self-confidence and organisational skills. We also encourage them to work in small groups, to develop their spirit of cooperation.

Customised Learning

The teachers at EFI Bucharest give each pupil individual attention, while teaching the general curriculum. They adapt their approach to each child’s needs to allow him or her to make better progress by providing customised content that will bolster and stimulate the child’s ability to learn. Smaller classes and our overall innovative approach to teaching add even more value to the benefits brought about by of our child-specific approach.

For children who might need even closer attention or help in making progress in school, EFI has several solutions:

  • Personal tuition: pupils who encounter difficulties in basic learning (articulation, reading, writing, numeracy) or any given subject matter can either join short individual work sessions or sessions in small groups.
  • Transitional Groups for English Language: The English and Romanian language curricula require linguistic “gymnastics”, and some pupils may be perturbed when first trying to grapple with literacy and numeracy in French. Should this happen, teachers can temporarily reduce the English and Romanian curricula for such children and replace some sessions with customised remedial classes in small groups. After a few weeks, the teacher reviews the child’s progress and decides whether he is ready to return to normal English classes.
  • Tutoring: for pupils who need time to repeat exercises, EFI proposes tutoring sessions organised between 4:30pm and 5:30pm one or more times a week. These extra classes are focused on revision, improving the way pupils go about learning, practicing speech and so on...

Language Teaching in Primary School

To guarantee that children make rapid and steady headway throughout primary school, lessons are given in English and/or Romanian. This counts for about 35% of school time.

Class

Number of hours in class per week

CP

English : 6h00

Romanian : 2h00

CE1 to CM2

English : 6h00

Romanian : 3h00

Learning to read and write in English and Romanian starts once reading and writing in French is proficient (i.e. at CP level). The move to English and Romanian is fast at this point.

From CE1 to CM2 the time allocated to these languages increases again. Our teachers rely on the content of two curricula: the English National Curriculum and the official Romanian curriculum. In fact, certain subjects are taught directly in English and Romanian: the arts, science…

To guarantee a full grasp of the basic skills needed in French and mathematics, our trilingual tuition method requires a little more time during the week than is usual in the classical French school system: 26 instead of 24 hours.