Our Pedagogy | La Petite Ecole  

An enchanting school where the child grows, plays and learns while discovering the world around them.

Educational structure/system
La Petite Ecole follows the French national curriculum, and works around five major learning areas of focus:

  • Mastering language skills in a holistic way;
  • Acting, expressing oneself and understanding through physical activities;
  • Acting, expressing, and understanding through artistic activities;
  • Getting the foundations to organise one’s thoughts;
  • Exploring the world.

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A unique curriculum taught in two languages

There are always two teachers for one class: a native French-speaking teacher and a native English-speaking teacher, both professional holders of a valid diploma in education. Although they take turns in teaching the children, they work together to ensure smooth progress through the French national curriculum.

Values and principles

A benevolent and innovative school focused on each child’s individual development.

Primary school is essentially where and when major learning developments occur: exploring helps the child discover autonomy and acquire new skills and knowledge.

At La Petite Ecole, we understand that the early beginning of schooling is an important milestone in a child’s global approach to the educational world.

Because the ideal period to acquire a new language is arguably from birth till the age of eight, La Petite Ecole thrives on dividing teaching of the French curriculum equally between the French and the English-speaking teachers.

The child not only learns languages in class, he also uses them naturally throughout his daily activities.

Children are free to go from one activity or learning centre to another, allowing teachers to know them better as unique individuals. This system also encourages pupils to take initiatives, while stimulating their thirst for knowledge. The decor designed by the educational team helps foster not only curiosity and autonomy but also interaction and cooperation with other pupils and teachers.

“Mastering one’s environment in order to master oneself.”

  1. By Desynchronising traditional learning processes:
  • Children are encouraged to join learning centres as many times as they want through the day;
  • They receive individual care and follow-up, thanks to the new technologies.
  1. By offering multiple approaches to one individual concept;
  2. By offering auto-correcting support to help minimise the negative effects of error-making on the child.

Research has clearly demonstrated that a pupil’s success does not depend solely on his skills, but also on his self-confidence throughout the learning process. Hence the different spaces designed by La Petite Ecole to encourage exchange and collaboration.

The use of new technologies eases parents’ integration into the child’s schooling and reassures them about the well-being and healthy development of their child.

Open door events are organised regularly around various projects (i.e. music, gardening, and more), strengthening the bond between families and school.

At La Petite Ecole, we believe in the necessity of a continuous co-education provided by both the parents and the school.