In preschool, one of the aims is to help students to adapt quickly to learning a new language by immersing them in a predominantly English-speaking classroom environment; something which is just another new school activity for them at their age. Children understand very quickly that at school they should speak in English. As children are always surrounded by this English-speaking environment, they do not even realise that they are learning. English is taught in a fun and playful manner through games, songs, dance, sketches etc. Oral language is at the forefront for a total immersion in English.
Early learning of English does not hinder learning of French. In fact, children who learn another language from an early age develop tenfold their capacities for memorisation, pronunciation and expression that they transfer automatically to their mother tongue.
Nursery is entirely in English for a complete immersion and a quick and spontaneous acquisition of English. In Reception, bi-weekly French classes are introduced. In Year 1, the school day is divided into a half day of French and a half day of English. The core subjects - French language and Maths- are taught in French. English language, discovering the world, PE and art are taught in English.
In primary school, the school day continues to be divided into a half day in French and a half day in English. Students therefore have two teachers: one native French speaker and one native English speaker. In Year 2, Maths and French language are taught in French. English language, discovering the world, sport and art are taught in English. From Year 3 to Year 6, Maths, French language and History are taught in French while English language, Science, Geography and sport are taught in English. Art is taught in both languages.