1st-3rd Grade (Cycle 2)

Cycle 2 builds logically upon the curriculum of Cycle 1. A key objective during Cycle 2 is for students to learn to communicate in both French and English with expanded English instruction beginning in the 2nd grade.

In all areas of the curriculum students develop their vocabulary and a more complex knowledge of syntax. Throughout Cycle 2, children focus on developing aptitudes for research and reasoning. They also develop methods and tools to learn (organization skills, working in collaboration, researching and processing information using different tools).

Language Arts

Through reading and interacting with a wide variety of children’s literature, students will be introduced to the basics of language arts. The program will teach students to develop strong phonics, reading, and comprehension skills while fostering a love of books and the habit of reading for pleasure. Language learning requires the constant interaction among speaking, listening, reading, and writing. In Cycle 2, students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend and interpret language and to communicate effectively. While learning a language requires systematic activities, it also takes place in all classroom situations.


Reading skills are taught in French in the first grade. More extensive English instruction begins in the second grade. This gives students the opportunity and time to learn the process of reading in one language before introducing a second. Reading skills will transfer from one language to another. The goal of reading in both languages is to develop the skills and desire to read, and ultimately the love of reading.


Reading and writing are two inseparable activities that continually reinforce each other in Cycle 2. The production of writing with its different functions (expression, communication, memorization) is fundamental to all subjects.

Grammar and Spelling

Students are taught in Cycle 2 how to identify the working principles of language. Language, grammar, and spelling are ways to improve speech, reading, and writing. These gradually pave the way for mastering the French and English languages.

Speaking and Listening

During Cycle 2, oral-language activities promote good pronunciation, clear articulation, and proper intonation. Speaking activities are designed to help students organize their thoughts, transmit information, describe or explain a point of view, question or ask for an explanation, and formulate comments. Students learn to develop arguments to take part in debates.


Instruction in mathematics helps students develop an aptitude for research and reasoning. Research opportunities encourage students to experiment with problem-solving strategies and provide them with new ideas and skills.


  • Knowledge of numbers up to 1,000
  • Understanding of place value (ones, tens, hundreds)
  • Understanding of numbers in their numeric and written form (3 and three)
  • Understanding of relationships between numbers such as doubles and halves
  • Develop mental arithmetic procedures: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Master the technique of addition and subtraction with and without carrying
  • Learn and practice mental calculation techniques.

  • Learn to develop different strategies to solve problems.

Geometry and Measurement

  • Recognize, describe, and reproduce simple solids and geometrical shapes including squares, rectangles, triangles, and other polygons
  • Use the calendar and calculate duration of time
  • Use common units of the metric system

Discovery of the World

History and Geography

The world around us provides the context for lessons intended to help children develop their knowledge of space, time, and the environment


The multicultural setting of FAIS provides students with the opportunity to learn about rules and being part of a group, and respect others and their points of view. They gradually acquire responsible behavior and become more autonomous.

Art and Art History

Students are encouraged to discover works of art, grasp artistic processes and develop their sensitivity and creative capabilities.

Physical Education

Physical education develops the student physically, socially, cognitively, and emotionally through a wide variety of activities. These include collective, individual, and expressive activities.

Science and Technology


Students learn to ask questions more precisely about how the world works. They use a hands-on approach to the scientific method to observe, predict, and measure their familiar environment.

Information Technology

Through library and information technology, students gain skills needed in all academic areas. They develop the basic skills necessary to access and use information.