Bonjour, my name is Chiara and I’m 6 years old. I’m a French pupil in Year 2 at Primary school. In fact, the English and French words for it are nearly the same: in French you would say Ecole primaire and my level would be CP (Cours Préparatoire)
I go to school 4 days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8h30 to 16h30. Here in my little town we don’t go to school on Wednesday but somewhere else It could be different: you could start later in the morning, finish earlier in the afternoon but you have to wake up on Wednesday to go to school for a half day. Wednesday afternoon is always free.
Usually I wake up at 7h15 and I go downstairs for my breakfast. My favourite one is when Mummy prepares a hot chocolate with jam toasts, yummy! I also eat fruit: a kiwi, banana or tangerine and I drink a glass of apple juice.
After breakfast I brush my teeth and put my clothes on, brush my hair and I’m ready to leave the house. Usually Mum takes me to school with the car but sometimes we walk, it all depends on the weather. I must say that I really like to walk when there’s snow out there!!!
School starts at 8h30. We are 25 pupils in my class. We always start the day by checking who’s present and who’s not. Then one of us goes in front of the blackboard and spells out the day: Aujourd’hui nous sommes lundi L U N D I ( Today it’s Monday M O N D A Y).
Then we start to work: writing, reading, mathematics, drawing…
We take a little break at 10h, for half an hour. We go outside to play. Running and screaming, playing football or talking with friends are all really fun.
At 10h30 we are back in our classroom to work for another hour.
At 11h30 it’s lunch time, yeepee! I stay at school for lunch as my Mum and Dad are working but it’s not a problem, I like to eat with my friends. Lunch sometimes feels like we are in a restaurant! The ladies who serve us are very nice, we can choose our main course and there’s always a meal with meat and another without meat which is great for my Muslim friends who cannot eat pork and for my vegetarian friends who don’t eat meat.
After lunch we have a long time to play but in my school we also can go to different places – the library, the choir, or the games room where we can play cards or Trivial Pursuit for example, or the theatre class. There is also a special teaching class for the pupils who have difficulties to learn. The teachers help them with mathematics or French, it’s like having a private teacher and make them feel more confident.
At 13h30 we all are back in our classes for 2 hours of intense work but twice a week we do sport. One day we go to the swimming pool with a special bus as the swimming pool is not in our town, and the other time we go to the stadium or to the gymnasium.
At 15h30 it’s the break until 16h. Then we spend the last 30 minutes preparing our schoolbags with what we’ll need at home to do our homework. We don’t have a lot to do, usually only reading and littles games with words.
At 16h30 it’s the end of a long day at school and I’m always happy to see Mum at the school gate! Sometimes she comes with our dog, Fluffy. I know, Fluffy is not very original in English for a dog’s name but believe me, here in France it’s very fancy!
On Wednesday we stop school at 11h30 and we go back home to eat and do our own stuff during the afternoon – I go to my karate class for example. For my friends who have their parents working on Wednesday afternoon there’s a place called Le Centre de loisirs. It’s a big place where you can find everything to have fun: tons of games, drawing sets, chalks, modelling dough and so on. There are sometimes activities such as a trip to the swimming pool, a big walk in the woods, museum visits or sports tournaments. You have to pay to go there but it’s a good solution for working parents.
Well I hope you liked to share a day at French school with me! See you soon! Or as we say in France – a bientôt!