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Anyone living in France who can tell me which year group DD would be?

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Hi. I have a DD in year 1, who is English/French, attending school in England. We are trying to keep her French going by doing as many appropriate topics as possible in French at home as well as in English at school.

However, I am not quite sure which would be the appropriate year group in France. I just googled time activities for CM1 and they were asking how many seconds in 4.5 minutes! My dd is just learning 'o'clock'. I know that she is not particularly gifted and is a solid middle-of-the-class child, but that makes me think that I have got the wrong year group.

MaKettle Sat 17-Nov-12 18:47:13

Hi. French school years go CP (from the year in which you're 6), CE1, CE2, CM1, CM2. It's made a little bit complicated in France by the fact that it's based on the year you were born in. My son is in year 2, born in 2005, and would have been in CE1 this year in France (we moved back to the UK). So if she was born in 2006, she should now be in CP (the equivalent of reception, because French schools start formal learning of reading etc. a year later). Hope this helps.

tigrou Sat 17-Nov-12 19:56:42

Just to add, I wouldn't see CP as the equivalent of Reception, except that it is the first year of compulsary and formal education. The play-based learning and social learning that goes on in Reception is done in Maternelle here, so CP is more an equivalent to year 1. They start reading and maths, but make very fast progress.

Yes, I have found some of the very useful links you have all given me and am assuming that she is in CP. This is exactly what I have been looking for - why didn't I ask on here a year ago?

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