CFIS's enriched French Immersion program for students in Grades 4 to 6 permit them to excel in both French and English within a nurturing environment. The students are immersed in surroundings which promotes the acquisition of language and a love of learning.
All subjects are taught in French, except for English Language Arts. We offer strong music, art and physical education programmes to round off the academics. CFIS emphasizes the mastery of basic and process skills and the application of knowledge in all subject areas. Starting in Grade 4, students receive introductory Spanish instruction which familiarizes students with the language and gives them the foundation for our intensive Spanish programme in Junior and Senior High School.
The development of good organizational and work habits, research and study skills, reasoning and problem solving skills, prepare our students to become independent learners. Homework is considered a part of the school day and is entirely the student's responsibility. Children's individual needs are met in the classroom with open-ended activities which allow for enrichment and the opportunity for every child to reach his/her potential through extra guidance. Additional classroom aid is available in order to meet everyone's unique needs.
A variety of literature is provided which allows students to explore interesting topics, to become familiar with different aspects of reading and with the writing process constitutes the basis of both the French and the English language arts programme. We believe that students need some structured teaching in language skills; therefore spelling and grammar are taught in both languages at all levels. Introductory Spanish is formerly introduced as of Grade 4.
Teaching for the understanding of math concepts is our focus at all levels. The use of math manipulatives promotes thinking, the mastery of basic facts, computation, problem solving and interpretation of data.
As well as developing knowledge skills, other goals of the science programme promote the development of such skills as observing, inferring, interpreting data, predicting, hypothesizing, and communicating. To attain these objectives, science must be fun and exciting. The School science programme includes hands-on activities, a wide range of interesting topics aimed at encouraging students to question, to explain their findings and to explore other paths of discovery.
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Enrichment is an integral part of our educational programs. Emphasis is placed on process skills and application of knowledge. This is done by using a repertoire of teaching strategies aimed at improving student performance in all areas of learning. As such, programme planning is open-ended to provide opportunities for those in need of enrichment.
Bloom’s Taxonomy for categorizing levels of abstraction of questions are used in preparing material to touch upon increasingly difficult learning challenges for all students in order that they develop to their full potential. Emphasis is placed in all grade levels at becoming independent learners.
We believe that artistic talents must be discovered and developed at the Primary and Elementary levels. Artistic development, creative self-expression and cultural enrichment, are the major aims of our art programme. Full-time art specialists and school-wide art projects contribute to meeting these objectives.
Music as an essential element of human expression is a rich and diversified art form. Beyond its cultural merits, musical education also reinforces the learning of linguistic, listening, reading, analytical, creative, motor and social skills. For these reasons music is an integral part of CFIS’s educational programme.
The main objective of the music programme is to develop music literacy (i.e. the ability to read, write and think music) and to nurture the student's appreciation for quality music. All students from Preschool to Grade 6 receive music instruction from a full-time music specialist.
At this level the programme focuses more on instrumental music. Students continue to develop their singing, listening, reading and writing skills while learning to play the soprano and alto recorders in Grades 4 and 5, and band instruments in Grade 5 and 6. Music appreciation and learning about composers and musical styles remain part of the process of developing a sound musical culture. Creative musical activities include composing and improvising.
Performances - All students participate in performances throughout the school year at assemblies and annual concerts. The Grade 5 and Grade 6 bands have the opportunity to perform at local competitions and festivals and attend Band Camp. For more information on the CFIS Band Programme, see our Band Handbook.
All students, Kindergarten to Grade 6, are given the opportunity to develop computer skills on a regular basis, in a state-of-the-art computer lab. Computer literacy is integrated into the daily application of the curriculum and all students receive formal instruction that includes word processing, keyboarding, internet, and programs aimed at reinforcing language, math and science skills. The computer library consists of both French and English programs that are constantly being updated and upgraded.
Physical education is an integral part of our educational programme. Through movement centered experiences, physical education provides the basis in which an individual's development can be maximized in the psychomotor, cognitive and affective domains.
A wide variety of sports is introduced to the students at various levels with an emphasis on skill development and sportsmanship. Taught by full-time physical education specialists, our programme has six major components: physical fitness, gymnastics, dance, outdoor pursuits, track and field and sports.
Intramural sports are offered beginning at Grade 5.