The Gift School has two primary level classes – one for 6-7 year old (CP-CE1) and one for 8-10 year olds (CE2-CM1-CM2), opening in September 2021.
Primary school children spend mornings with their French teacher and afternoons with one of several native English-speaking teachers who offer classes in Art, Sports, Science and Music.
These age definitions are not set in stone however since the Gift School adapts its class organization to the needs of each child. Above all, a child’s emotional, physical and cognitive needs are the basis for determining which class a child will be in.
The Gift School adheres to the principles of holistic education which seeks to address all of a child’s needs (mind, body and spirit).
With a sophrologist, Gift School children learn to manage their emotions and improve their concentration, using breathing techniques and other child-friendly methods. In addition, yoga and mindfulness are taught on a daily basis to help children develop their learning skills.
The Gift School’s in-house psychopédagogue (Laetitia) works with the children in small groups (3-4 pupils at a time) on specific themes such as concentration, self-confidence, brain gym exercises and other tools for supporting children’s learning processes.
Nature is an essential element of the Gift School’s pedagogical project. Whenever possible, teachers organize class or activities outdoors, as close to nature as possible. Every spring, each class designs and develops their own fruit and vegetable garden in the school’s vast garden.
Each child progresses at his or her own rhythm, which means that there is no limit to how far the child can go. Teachers are here to guide and accompany with respect for the child’s interests as well as in keeping with the French National Educational Program.