Elementary School (Age 7-11)

The elementary school curriculum is divided into subject areas, many of which are taught by specialists


Age 6 - 7 | Grade 1
Age 7-8 | Grade 2
Age 8-9 | Grade 3
Age 9 -10 | Grade 4
Age 10 -11 | Grade 5

English Language | French | Art | Mathematics | Science | Religious Education | Optional Sacramental Preparation | Social Studies | Physical Education | Music | Fine & Performing Arts | IT | Digital Learning | Library | Mind, Body and Health class in Grades 4&5

English Language Arts

We are committed to educating the ‘whole’ child and our mission is that ‘All May Have Life.’ In this spirit, our curriculum aims to teach the writer rather than simply the writing itself. We place more value on student growth than we do a finished piece of work, valuing the process over the product.

Our teaching of literacy is based on the <Columbia University Teachers' College Reading and Writing Workshop Model in grades one through six. Our curriculum is aligned to the AERO standards, which align to the Common Core Standards that the workshop model has espoused.

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Mathematics

Mathematics is regularly confused with arithmetic – pure computation, when in reality mathematics is a way of thinking about the world in which we live.

This approach fits in perfectly with our Guiding Statement here at Marymount International School Paris, where the children are taught to Think Creatively, Reason Critically, Communicate Effectively and Learn Continuously.

Our curriculum is distinguished not merely by an adherence to its set of standards; but by standards that demand a theory of teaching math that is proven to be effective. That theory posits that mathematical knowledge is conveyed most effectively when it is taught in a sequence that follows the “story” of mathematics itself. The sequencing has been joined with methods of instruction that have been proven to work, through enquiry-based learning. These methods drive student understanding beyond process, to deep mastery of mathematical concepts.

In our teaching of mathematics, we aim to make learning an enjoyable experience using a hands-on approach. Too often children are given answers to remember, rather than problems to solve. At Marymount students are given opportunities to think, solve, and then model their answers, using numbers words and simple images. As they progress in their education, these images become bar models, diagrams, graphs, tape diagrams, or double line graphs.

However, in addition to the traditional way of learning mathematics, students are being taught another approach to help them understand how and why problems work—called "number sense." This innovative way shows students that numbers are just flexible things made up of other numbers and makes solving problems that much easier.

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Science

We adopt a three-dimensional approach to learning in science that is based on the Next Generation Science Standards NGSS

Students study topics on Earth, Life and Physical Science, but most importantly they will develop their scientific enquiry skills by continuously

  • Planning and conducting investigations
  • Creating and using models
  • Gather and organizing data
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Measuring and observing
  • Making predictions
  • Using a range of science apparatus

Within the Next Generation Science Standards there are three distinct and equally important dimensions:

  1. core ideas
  2. crosscutting concepts and
  3. science/engineering practices.

We use resources developed by the Teachers’ Curriculum Institute TCI. Experiments and “hands-on” activities have been embedded into each of the science units and we seeks to utilize the Marymount FabLab as frequently as possible.

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Social Studies

Whether preparing for a formal debate or critically examining an issue during research projects, the emphasis in social studies is on being an objective learner; students are assessed not simply for understanding an issue, but by being able to examine it from multiple perspectives. This, in turn, helps guide our young students to have greater empathy and compassion for others on a micro and macro-level of society. We believe in examining issues critically and underline the importance of formulating arguments and opinions based upon substantive evidence and facts.


Our students are taught to be positive global citizens and 21st century learners who strive to be compassionate, and curious, who engage in:

  • critical thinking,
  • taking an active interest in current affairs,
  • examining primary and secondary sources,
  • carrying out independent, guided research
  • examining the past to explain current global issues
  • using technology to enhance oral and written presentations
  • exploiting the wealth of opportunities for exciting field trips in the Paris region and other regions of France
  • service learning opportunities

The social studies program is aligned with the AERO standards and with the school’s guiding statements, and each grade follows a recommended broad, grade-level topic.

As with all areas of our curriculum, no individual program is taught in isolation, this is particularly true of social studies. In alignment with our FALCONS goal of being ‘a lifelong learner, students engage in a variety of cross-curricular projects that allow them to apply social studies content in: Literacy, Art, Math, Religion, and Science.

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Specialist Subjects