Word from the Primary Head
A number of you have approached Mr Vesseau and I with your concerns regarding the CE1 to CM2 playtime this year, sharing your impressions that the time allocated to playtime this year is much longer than last year. In fact, as you can see from the comparative tables below, playtime is only 5 minutes longer this year than last.
As we announced on 3rd June the TES EPC timetable underwent some changes this year. Timings changed from 20/40 minutes to 15/ 30 minutes. Classes now start at 8am, rather than 8:10am and CLC classes finish at 12:30pm for some year groups. Instead of 40 minutes for FS only junior playtime, this year we rounded up to 45 minutes. We could not 'round down' to 30 minutes, as our students would then exceed the maximum amount of class time permitted by the French Ministry of Education. As Mr Vesseau wrote to you in May French Section primary students are permitted 26 hours of class time a week - including 30 minutes of morning break time per day - on account of the French, English and Chinese language programme we follow.
One of the reasons, the additional 5 minutes of playtime may seem longer this year could be on account of the delay with the ECAs starting back. From today, Music lessons and the MJ Kids will resume for enrolled students. These ECAs will take place during the FS only playtime. In addition, students enrolled in the FAL and FLC pathways have their additional lessons from 1:30-2:15pm, as do students that class teachers request to see for additional tuition (APC).
Ms Carine Capel