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Philosophy and curriculum


Learning while having fun is our motto.


La Grande Récré offers a French immersion program based on the French preschool curriculum which covers all early childhood developmental areas, and is harmonised with the philosophies and main elements of the « Early Years Learning Framework  » (EYLF).

Our teaching methods are tailored to the interests, skills and language level of the child. Children learn new skills through a variety of activities, including reading, writing, group discussion, singing, arts and crafts, exercise and games. We maintain the curiosity of each child by observing their interests and reflect them in our activities. Oral language is essential at this stage of child development, and occupies a very important place in La Grande Récré. This approach allows us to engage children at any level of proficiency in the French language.


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Our curriculum, developed by inquiries, is organized in 5 learning areas:

  1. To mobilize the language in all its dimensions
  2. To act, to express, to understand through physical activity
  3. To act, to express, to understand through artistic activities
  4. To build the first tools to structure thoughts
  5. To explore the world

As an accredited centre, we also adhere to the vision and principles of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

The main vision for learning in the EYLF is based around the concept of children belonging (to different social groups), being (existing in the present moment), and becoming (identity). From this comes three main elements: principles, practice and learning outcomes. The principles and practice incorporate contemporary pedagogical theories and ideas such as the child being central to learning, play, relationships, and holistic approaches.

The EYLF seeks to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Children have a strong sense of identity
  2. Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  3. Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  4. Children are confident and involved learners
  5. Children are effective communicators

Themes for the year 2021

Term 1

February March

Emotions and Valentine’s Day, Knights and Princesses, Chocolate and Easter

Term 2

April May June

Family and Mother’s Day, The five senses, The snails

Term 3

July, August, September

The animals of the cold, The trades and Father’s Day, The circus.

Term 4

October November December

Spiders, cats and Halloween, Wolves, Christmas around the world

Learning while having fun is our motto