Primary School

The French Curriculum


The curriculum comprises the teaching programmes by the French Ministry of National Education, supported by a specific approach to language learning.



Linguistic pathways


There are two available linguistic pathways as options for all classes of primary school:

  • “Reinforced French Option” – this programme of study is the closest to the programme followed by students in France:

22 hours in French, 2 hours of English, 2 hours of Serbian.


  • “Reinforced English Option” – this programme of study starts at GS – senior group at preschool and it allows the students to acquire a higher level of English:

22 hours in French, 5 hours of English (1 hour every day), 2 hours of Serbian

For more information on linguistical options at the French School in Belgrade, please follow the link below:

Lien vers le parcours langues à l’EFB de la maternelle à la terminale


Primary school lasts for five years. It comprises two important learning cycles:


Cycle 2, students aged 6-9

Classes CP (Year 1), CE1 (Year 2) and CE2 (Year 3), students aged 6-9: the period of acquiring basic reading, writing, oral language and mathematics knowledge and skills and laying solid groundwork for further education.

Mastering spoken and written French: learning to read and write and improving fluency are the key aims of the Cycle 2.

Maths: learning to know and understand numbers, to solve problems, to learn operations.

World Discovery: acquiring knowledge needed to understand the surrounding world, learning to reason and draw conclusions.

Physical Education: developing motor skills through various physical activities, understanding emotions and performed actions.

Artistic Education: Art, Music and interdisciplinary activities develop the students’ sensitivity and artistic expression.

Languages: Learning English with elements of the Anglo-Saxon culture and learning or consolidating Serbian are the fundamentals of language learning at the French School of Belgrade and a guarantee of good quality multilingual education.


Cycle 3, students aged 9-12: Cycle 3 comprises two years at primary school and Year 6 (lower secondary school)

Classes CM1 (Year 4) and CM2 (Year 5), students aged 9-11: during these years, students transform their previously acquired knowledge into academic tools which allow them to get informed, to create solid knowledge, to grow and become less dependent on the teacher. They start to become autonomous.


Mastering oral and written French: language skills are enriched by learning grammar and verb forms, written expression is more diverse. Oral language is continually developed, students use oral French to describe, to discuss, to make short presentations …

Maths: good knowledge of numbers and mastery of mathematical operations help with more complicated problem-solving tasks.

History and Geography: students acquire basic knowledge in these two subjects, which continue throughout lower and higher secondary school.

Science: students acquire solid scientific knowledge in the domains of biology, physics, technology and iCT, through practical work and experiments.

Physical education: students further develop their motor skills and improve their results through varied exercises; they take part in team and individual sports and artistic activities.

Artistic education: Art, Music and interdisciplinary artistic activities develop sensitivity and artistic expression. Throughout their schooling, students follow a varied artistic and cultural course.

Languages: learning English with elements of the Anglo-Saxon culture and learning or consolidating Serbian are the fundamentals of the French School in Belgrade, aimed to provide good quality multilingual education. Students work in small groups, supervised by qualified teachers. By the end of Cycle 3 students can take certified exams in foreign languages.


The school days are full of various projects and activities. You can go to the class blogs or to the “Art and Culture” pages to find more about the primary students’ projects.


A day at Primary School :

8am to 1pm, time for lessons

On school days, between 8am and 1pm students have lessons with their primary classroom teachers or language teachers and they leave their classrooms when it is time for sports or cultural activities.

There are two school breaks as the playtime is important both for the learning process and for the development of their social skills.

The break for the youngest students (2nd cycle) is at different time than the break for students in the 3rd cycle, so everybody can enjoy their playtime peacefully.

The school day is long with consecutive lessons so students can have a snack during the school break. There is a school kiosk where students can use vouchers to buy different snacks and drinks.


1pm to 2:15pm, lunch break

The school canteen provides the option of having lunch at school. For more information, click here.


2:15pm to 3:15pm: after-school activities

Depending on the day, students either have a compulsory lesson or they can participate in various elective extracurricular activities.


After 3:15pm

A help for doing the homework is available to all primary students, as well as after-school.