6/7 hours of English as an academic subject for the first time. The pupils follow the Key Stage 3 curriculum working on exactly the same topics as they would if they were in the UK. In English we tend to study one novel or play per six week term and add in other works of literature like poems and stories, or grammar points and functional writing that cover the same theme. Examples of class novels: 6ème: Matilda, by Roald Dahl, 5ème: Boy, by Roald Dahl, 4ème: To Kill a Mockingbird, 3ème: The Call of the Wild and Great Expectations, as well as Shakespeare (Macbeth) and poetry.
In 1ère and Terminale, the IS follows the official Cambridge OIB programme for English.
In History and Geography, the syllabus for collège aims to develop the students’ analysis skills. There are additional case studies on topics, areas and events needed for a better knowledge and understanding of the British world. Topics from the French curriculum requested by the Ministère de l’Education Nationale are followed, combined with the English KS 3 & 4 syllabus.
In lycée, the students prepare the Baccalauréat Option Internationale Britannique in three years. The OIB History Geography exam assesses both the French and the British curriculum, combining the breadth and rigour of the French baccalauréat and examined in English to A Level diploma standard, in a single certificate.
French Education Nationale and Cambridge inspectors work closely to establish several topics to be studied in class during Première and Terminale years, that will be assessed during both the written and oral examinations at the end of Terminale.
More information can be found on the official website (in French): http://www.education.gouv.fr/pid25535/bulletin_officiel.html?cid_bo=73092