5ème, 4ème, 3ème

Deepenings Cycle

Cycle 3 of schooling ended with the first year of lower secondary school. Pupils have gradually become accustomed to a new pedagogical organisation and new teaching rhythms, and to living in a new environment which they have learned to decode and understand. 

They continue to develop skills in the different subjects. These skills, assessed regularly and at the end of the cycle, will enable them to develop personally, to continue their studies and to continue to train throughout their lives, as well as to integrate into society and to participate, as citizens, in its evolution.

The entire teaching and educational team contributes to the development of these skills. In order to highlight the main features that characterise cycle 4, we can insist on several aspects which, although already present in previous years, were not so marked and systematic.

During the three years of Cycle 4, the pupils are teenagers in full physical and psychological development. Physical and sports activities and involvement in the creation of cultural events promote the harmonious development of these young people through the pleasure of practice.
Pupils develop their skills by confronting more complex tasks where they have to think more deeply in terms of knowledge, know-how and attitudes. They are led to make choices and adopt appropriate procedures to solve a problem or carry out a project.

This is achieved through disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities. All teachers play a leading role in this training, and are responsible for its success. In order for the pupil to accept approaches in which he or she tries things out, takes the initiative, makes mistakes and tries again, it is essential to create a climate of confidence, in which questions can be asked without fear and the fear of doing things wrong disappears.

In the same perspective, pupils are encouraged to move from one language to another and then to choose the mode of language adapted to the situation, using the French language, modern languages, physical or artistic expression, scientific languages, the various means of today’s society (images, sounds, digital media, etc.). Many of the texts and documents they have to understand or produce combine different languages. Here again, interdisciplinarity fosters this flexibility and adaptability, provided that it does not lead to confusion, but rather to exchanges and confrontation of different points of view.

In a society marked by an abundance of information, pupils learn to become media and Internet users aware of their rights and duties and in control of their digital identity, to identify and critically evaluate sources of information through a deeper knowledge of a constantly evolving media and documentary universe.

They use tools that enable them to be effective in their research. A better understanding of the society in which they live also requires students to take a long-term view of history.

They are thus more confronted with the historical dimension of knowledge but also with the technological, societal and environmental challenges of today’s world. The aim is for them to understand the world around them in order to be able to act responsibly and later on a larger scale, as citizens.

Abstraction and modelling are now much more present, which does not prevent us from seeking concrete ways of achieving them. All subjects contribute to this: the aim is to train pupils who are able to go beyond the individual case, to know how to use effective modelling tools that are valid for many situations and to understand their limits.

Pupils’ creativity, which also crosses all cycles, is deployed in cycle 4 through a wide variety of media (particularly technological and digital) and devices or activities such as group work, the project approach, problem solving, the design of personal works, etc. Each pupil is encouraged to propose new ideas and to develop their own creativity.
Each student is encouraged to propose original solutions, to mobilise his or her knowledge and skills to achieve rewarding and motivating results.

Life within the school and its extension outside it is an opportunity to develop the spirit of responsibility and commitment of each individual and that of undertaking and cooperating with others.

A favourable school climate places the pupil in the best conditions to develop his or her autonomy and ability to think for him or herself. Through moral and civic education and their participation in school life, they are led to reflect in greater depth on questions for which the answers are often complex, but at the same time on the essential values on which our democratic society is based.

2nd, 1ère, Terminale

Consolidation Cycle

The high school programmes are ambitious. They consolidate the achievements of the “cycle 4”, ensure the transmission of solid subject content and contribute to the intellectual formation of pupils.

The programmes allow the construction of a common literary, historical, humanistic and scientific culture. They give pupils the keys to understanding the world in which they live: the evolution of societies, cultures, policies, the different phases of their history as well as the actions and decisions of the actors.

The curricula of scientific disciplines are based on theoretical concepts and teach the singularity of scientific reasoning. They aim to help students understand the specific nature of scientific knowledge in terms of its practices, methods and social issues.

They aim to stimulate pupils’ creativity and their ability to construct rigorous reasoning, to exercise their critical thinking, to consolidate their civic education in order to become responsible and free citizens, aware of their rights but also of their duties. The programmes encourage students to understand the conditions for their intellectual, social and political emancipation.

In modern languages, as well as consolidating their linguistic and communication skills, pupils deepen their knowledge of the geographical and cultural areas of the languages they are learning.

The teaching of economic and social sciences, which is common to all students in 2nde, and then in specialised courses, helps to consolidate the microeconomic approaches necessary to understand the fundamental mechanisms of the economy.

A new place for digital technology. “Digital Science and Technology” in Seconde (Year 11) enables students to grasp the concepts of digital science, to understand the growing importance of digital technology and the major impacts it has on human practices. The speciality course ‘Digital and Computer Science’ in Première aims to appropriate the concepts and methods that underpin computer science, in its scientific and technical dimensions.

Some courses offer new multidisciplinary approaches: common scientific teaching in 1ère (Year 12), specialised courses in ‘Humanities, literature and philosophy’, ‘History, geopolitics, political science’. They allow for cross-cutting views on major cultural issues or knowledge of the contemporary world.

The programmes give a new place to the mastery of language and the development of oral skills, particularly through the practice of argumentation. While these skills are worked on in all lessons, they take on a particular importance in the specialised lessons for students who have to prepare for the final oral test of the “baccalauréat”.

The programmes seek to establish a balance between the various learning periods: time for research, activity and manipulation; time for dialogue and exchange, verbalisation and reasoning; experimental practice and modelling activity.

Moral and civic education in 1ère

Moral and civic education helps pupils to become responsible and free citizens, aware of their rights and duties.
It prepares them for the exercise of citizenship and contributes to transmitting the values of the Republic to all pupils.
The programme associates a main theme with each of the three levels of the lycée: freedom in Seconde, Society in 1ère and Democracy in Terminale.

Physical and sports education

Physical and sports education offers all pupils the opportunity to practise physical activities that develop the pleasure of acting. Through physical, sporting and artistic activities, PE enables each student to develop his or her motor skills, to learn to prepare and train, to develop social behaviour and to improve health.
This teaching also aims to form a fulfilled citizen, capable of engaging regularly and autonomously in an active and united way of life

French in 2nd and 1ère

The teaching of French develops the pupils’ ability to read and express themselves. It enriches their literary and artistic culture and plays a decisive role in the formation of the mind, the development of the imagination and the education of sensitivity.
In the lycée, work on language now occupies a fundamental place alongside the study of literature. It allows the knowledge acquired in collège to be deepened and used to understand texts and improve pupils’ expression.
The programmes focus on four subjects: poetry, literature of ideas and the press, the novel and the narrative, and drama.
From the second year onwards, students begin to work progressively on the written and oral exercises for the baccalauréat pre-tests.

History-geography in 2nd and 1ère

History and geography help students understand the evolution of societies, cultures and policies. They show students how the choices made by past and present actors influence the world today.
The history programme in “Seconde” focuses on the major stages in the formation of the modern world, from the legacy of antiquity and the Middle Ages to the 18th century. In geography, students work on the concepts of environment, development and mobility.
In 1ère, the history programme extends from 1789 to the First World War. In geography, students study the reshaping of the world today and in particular the growing importance of metropolises in the functioning of societies and the organisation of territories.

Modern languages

These programmes are common to all modern foreign and regional languages. They emphasise oral communication and aim to achieve levels of competence based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Emphasis is placed on the use of digital technology, which enables pupils to make progress in and out of the classroom with the help of teachers.
Technological teaching in the first modern language is extended to all technological series. Two teachers intervene in front of the pupils to provide more practical teaching and to encourage oral skills.

Mathematics in Seconde

The common teaching of mathematics in “Seconde” allows students to consolidate the knowledge acquired in secondary school and to develop a taste for mathematics and the mastery of abstraction. The programme is organised into five main parts: “Numbers and calculations”, “Geometry”, “Functions”, “Statistics and probabilities” and “Algorithms and programming”.

Physics and Chemistry in Seconde

This course is an extension of the themes of secondary school and proposes to explore reality, from the infinitely small to the infinitely large. The “Seconde” curriculum is structured around four themes that deal with the constitution and transformations of matter; movement and interactions; waves and signals; energy conversion and transfer. These themes allow us to deal with numerous situations in everyday life.
This teaching aims to encourage experimental practice and modelling activity. The aim is to give students an interesting and authentic view of physics and chemistry.

Life and Earth Sciences in "Seconde"

Life and Earth Sciences, as an extension of lower secondary school, enable students to acquire a solid scientific culture to understand the world. Pupils acquire scientific knowledge and skills to make them responsible in the areas of the environment, health and safety.
The Life and Earth Sciences programme is organised into three main themes which help to arouse the interest and curiosity of pupils: the Earth, life and the evolution of living organisms; the contemporary challenges facing the planet, in particular those relating to the environment, sustainable development, resource management and risks; the human body and health.

Economic and Social Sciences in "Seconde"

Economic and social sciences are now part of the common curriculum for all students in “Seconde”. The aim is to enable students to master the essential concepts and reasoning in economics, sociology and political science.
This teaching contributes to the training of enlightened citizens on the major economic, social and political issues of the contemporary world.
This teaching enables students to discover new fields of study and to help them choose a speciality in the final year of the general stream.

Science education, in "1ère"

The aim of science teaching in première of general education is to help pupils identify the specific nature of scientific knowledge in terms of its practices, its methods of development and its social implications. It also helps to consolidate students’ scientific culture and reasoning.
It seeks to contribute to making each student a lucid person, aware of what he or she is, and a responsible citizen.

Digital Science and Technology in "Seconde"

The teaching of digital science and technology allows students to acquire the main concepts of digital science, in order to understand the growing importance of digital technology and the issues at stake.
Students acquire scientific knowledge and skills that will enable them to adopt a thoughtful and reasoned use of digital technologies in everyday or professional life. The different themes covered in the programme are: the internet, the web, social networks, digital photography in particular.

Speciality Courses in 1ère and Terminale
  • History-geography, geopolitics and political science

The speciality course “History-geography, geopolitics and political science” mobilises history, geography, geopolitics and political science to give students the keys to understanding the contemporary world.
In 1ère , students analyse a political regime: democracy. They study the international power of states, political borders, the challenges of information and religious facts in their relationship with power.

  • Humanities, literature and philosophy

The Humanities, Literature and Philosophy specialisation aims to provide students with a solid training in the field of literature, philosophy and human sciences.
This speciality offers a literary and philosophical approach to major cultural issues and a personal reflection based on works of art.
The themes of the programme are approached in relation to the history of culture: “The powers of speech” from Antiquity to the Classical Age, “The representations of the world” in the Renaissance, the Classical Age and the Enlightenment period.

  • Foreign and regional languages, literature and cultures

Pupils in 1ère can follow a specialised course in ‘Foreign and Regional Languages, Literatures and Cultures’ in English.
This speciality enables students to progressively achieve an assured command of the language and an understanding of the associated culture. It prepares students for further study and mobility.

  • Literature and languages and cultures of antiquity

The objects of study in this speciality programme are common to both Latin and Greek.
This speciality offers students a questioning of man in the city through the subjects entitled “The city between realities and utopias”; “Justice of the gods, justice of men”. The last object of study “Mediterranean: conflicts, influences and exchanges” approaches the Mediterranean world from a geographical, chronological and cultural perspective.

  • Mathematics

Mathematics
The programme of the “Mathematics” speciality deepens the notions dealt with in “Seconde” and introduces new notions.
This speciality allows students to develop a taste for mathematics, to appreciate its approaches and concepts, and to master abstraction.
The programme is organised into five main parts: “Algebra”, “Analysis”, “Geometry”, “Probability and Statistics” and “Algorithms and Programming”.

  • Numerics and Computer Science

The speciality course ‘Numerics and Computer Science’ enables students to acquire the concepts and methods that underpin computer science, in its scientific and technical dimensions.
It develops students’ multiple skills: analysing and modelling a problem in terms of information flow and processing; designing algorithmic solutions; translating an algorithm into a programming language.
Students also acquire scientific knowledge and know-how that will enable them to adopt a responsible and critical use of computers in everyday and professional life.

  • Physics and Chemistry

The Physics-Chemistry speciality course is based on experimental practice and modelling activities to enable pupils to establish a link between the world of objects, experiments and facts and that of models and theories.
The programme is structured around four themes which allow for the use of many everyday situations and contribute to making links with other scientific disciplines: “Constitution and transformations of matter”, “Movement and interactions”, “Energy: conversions and transfers”, “Waves and signals”.
The many fields of application give the student a concrete, lively and up-to-date picture of physics and chemistry.

  • Engineering Sciences

The speciality course “Engineering Sciences” is concerned with artificial objects and systems. It aims to give students skills such as the ability to innovate, to imagine and materialise a solution to a type of problem.
The approach in engineering sciences mobilises a scientific approach based on observation, the development of hypotheses, modelling, simulation, material or virtual experimentation and the critical analysis of the results obtained.
Project management is inherent to the activity of engineers. Thus, in 1ère, a 12-hour team project allows students to imagine and materialise an original solution. In Terminale (final year), a 48-hour team project is offered to all students.

  • Life and Earth Sciences

The speciality course, allows students to acquire a scientific culture based on the fundamental concepts of biology and geology.
Pupils develop scientific knowledge and skills leading to responsibility in the field of the environment, health and safety.
The programmes are organised into three main themes: the Earth, life and the evolution of living organisms; the contemporary challenges of the planet, particularly those of the environment, sustainable development, resource management and risks; the human body and health. These themes also enable students to develop a critical mind and civic education.

  • Economic and Social Sciences

The speciality course “Economic and Social Sciences” is an extension of the common course in Seconde.
It sheds light on the major economic, social and political issues of contemporary societies.
It reinforces and deepens students’ mastery of the concepts, methods and issues of economics, sociology and political science.

  • Arts

The main objectives of the specialised courses in “Circus Arts”, “Plastic Arts”, “Cinema-Audiovisual”, “Dance”, “Music”, “History of the Arts” and “Theatre” are artistic practice and the reinforcement of cultural knowledge.
They also enable students to develop their ability to think about their relationship with art and to build their pathway to higher education in the arts and culture. Thanks to partnerships, these lessons enable students to learn about the different professions and training paths related to the artistic fields they study.
These specialised courses, each with its own programme, also enable students to work on skills such as stimulating the imagination, the capacity for abstraction, the collaborative spirit and critical analysis.

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