7. French Primary School - Ecole Primaire
7.1. Class Structure of French Primary Schools
Children attend primary school from the year in which they reach the age of 6 years old. It is possible to enrol a younger child if the school considers the child is ready to benefit from the experience, and a place is available.
The school week is 24 hours, attended over 4 or 4.5 days a week, as determined by the school. Most schools have opted for 4 days, leaving Wednesday free. Since 2008, attendance at school on a Saturday morning, which used to be so much of a feature of schooling in France, has been abolished.
The basic class structure is as follows:
Table: Class Structure
|6-7||Cours Préparatoire (CP)|
|7-8||Cours Elémentaire (CE1)|
|8-9||Cours Elémentaire (CE2)|
|9-10||Cours Moyen (CM1)|
|10-11||Cours Moyen (CM2)|
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