Primary pedagogy

Our primary level pedagogy


At Open Sky International, the primary curriculum is based on a mix of traditional methods and rigorous projects that help children learn key skills in order to put them into practice through collaboration, communication and self-criticism.

The Open Sky International program, whether it is for learning English and French, is composed of work on language, literature and literacy. These three learning areas focus on developing awareness of children's receptive skills (listening, reading and observing) and productive skills (speaking, writing and creating).

In primary school, Open Sky International offers 3 complementary programs adapted to the age but especially to the level of your children. We suggest you discover below the key points for each level.

 

Primary pedagogy per class


Open Sky International's primary school 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).

Children's productive skills

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.

Children's Responsive Skills

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.

The Mathematics Curriculum

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).

The Science Curriculum

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.

Open Sky International also offers other learning areas such as social sciences, history, geography, arts (music, painting, drawing), games (imitation games, group games, constructive games, solitaire games), computers and sports.

Open Sky International's primary 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).

Children's productive skills

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's Responsive Skills

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.

The Mathematics Program

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).

Your child's science curriculum

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.

Open Sky International also offers other learning areas such as social sciences, history, geography, arts (music, painting, drawing), games (imitation games, group games, constructive games, solitaire games) and chess.

For more information on the educational part of primary classes, please contact us by phone on 01 45 27 37 56 or by e-mail via contact@open-sky-intl.com. We will explain the entire Open Sky International curriculum for your child's development.

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