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Curriculum

All programs - except those of mother tongues - in all language sections are identical and emphasize the same standards.

To ensure that the programs of the European Schools are recognized, they are designed to meet at least the minimum requirements of all Member States. Since these vary, the contents were established by negotiation between national experts - particularly by members of the Boards of Inspectors - based on a careful examination and comparison of national curricula.

The entire curriculum can be consulted on the main page of the European Schools: Syllabus

Subject

Years 1 and 2

Years 3, 4 and 5

Mother tongue (L1)

8 hrs

6 hrs 45

Mathematics

4 hrs

5 hrs 15

Language 2 (L2)

2 hrs 30

3 hrs 45

ONL: Irish/Maltese/Finnish/ Swedish

(1 hr 30)

(1 hr 30)

Music/ Art/Physical Education

5 hrs

3 hrs

Discovery of the World

1 hr 30

3 hrs

European Hours

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1 hr 30

Religion/Ethics

1 hr

1 hr 30

Recreation

3 hrs 30

2 hrs 30

 

25 hrs 30

27 hrs 15

The language of each section is called Language I for pupils whose

a) native language is the same as that of the section;

b) native language is not a language of the Community;

c) parents have chosen the language of the section as Language I.

First foreign language (LII)

The choice of the first foreign language, called Language II, in the 1st year of primary cycle, is very important for the pupil's future education.

• It is possible to choose German, English or French.

• During the five years of primary School 5 periods per week are reserved for the teaching of the first foreign language chosen (LII). Pupils of the same age of all language sections take common classes in their first foreign language.

In exceptional cases only, the Director will authorise a change of LII in Primary School. In any case such changes will only be allowed by agreement with the competent national inspector.

Dutch classes

These classes are specific for the European School of Mol. They concern pupils of 3rd, 4th and 5th year and are meant to contribute to integration of these children into the host country, facilitating communication amongst them during recreation and with the School personnel. Dutch is often also the teaching language of the “European hours”.

Moral (ethics) or religion

For 2 periods per week, pupils have moral or catholic or protestant religion classes. Each year parents can revise their choice. Any requests to change must reach the secretariat by the end of the school year.

European hours

The so-called “European hours” are intended for the pupils of primary School as from the 3rd year. During 2 periods per week the pupils of all linguistic sections of the same year get together, in order to share, in a true European spirit, aiming a joint pedagogic objective or sports activities.

Sports

The specialist teacher gives sports lessons. Whenever, weather permitting, classes will be held outdoors in the playground or in the gymnasium for which gym shoes are recommended.

Marking system

The report does not involve simply grading pupils (based on the ability to reproduce things they have learned), but observes how they use knowledge and apply skills throughout their individual work (application of skills).

Many opportunities will be given to the parents during the school year to update themselves on their children’s progress:

• In November individual parent-class teachers meetings are held to discuss the pupil’s attitude towards work (general participation, organisation, working methods).

• In February, parents will receive a written report with the evaluation of all the courses covered in the first semester.

This breakdown of each discipline allows for clarity of the actual situation of the pupil.
The plus mark in boxes indicates to what extent the pupil has acquired each skill or competence relevant to his year group:
“++++” Learning objectives are fully achieved
“+++” Learning objectives are satisfactorily achieved
“++” Learning objectives are partially achieved
“+” Learning objectives are not yet achieved
The box at the foot of the page can be used by the class teacher to give further comment on, needs, aptitudes, working methods.
The efforts, needs, aptitudes, working methods ... are commented in the sections “The child´s Strengths” and “Areas for future development”.
All skills will not necessarily be evaluated in the first semestre (mark n.a.). Indeed, some issues have not been adequately addressed in the first part of the school year and will therefore be evaluated in the second half.
• During the second semester, a programme of work will be implemented which:
      o introduces and develops the skills which were not assessed in February (no cross);
      o consolidates skills previously assessed allowing for individual progress.
• In April/May, the Deputy Director of the Primary School notifies the parents in writing if there is a possibility his/ her child will have to repeat the year.

Progression to higher class

At the end of the year, at the teachers’ conference (class council), the class teacher will recommend either that the pupil progresses to the next year or repeats the current one. This decision will be based on a summary of the results in the four main areas, i.e. Language I, Mathematics, Language II and supplementary activities. The aim of this summary is not to judge a pupil by his/ her results, but to evaluate his/ her level of skills acquisition in relation to the requirements essential for him/ her to progress. As all skills do not have the same value, the symbols in no way indicate an average of the plusses entered in each subject. Based on the proposal of the class teacher, a decision will be made at the teachers’ conference (class council). In each case, individual needs of the pupil will be considered when deciding if he/she should progress to the next year.