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Pedagogy

Active and personalised pedagogy

Open World International School follows the State curriculum as well as the international Cambridge primary school programme. A child enrolled in our school can therefore reintegrate the traditional school system at any moment of his or her education. Thanks to small class sizes and a personalised following of each child, we can go above and beyond the requirements of the French Ministry of Education.

We use a combination of classical methods that have proven to be effective (the syllabic reading method, teaching history in chronological order, weekly poems, etc.) and of ‘active’ pedagogy. The goal of active pedagogy is to let the child take charge of his or her own learning process. The child learns by observing, by drawing on his or her personal experiences and by self reflection. We use the methods of Maria Montessori and take into account Howard Gardener’s theory of multiple of intelligences.

A Gateway to the World

Lessons are given half in French and half in English (with more time in one language or the other depending on class level). The change of languages happens halfway through each school day. From CP up, the children have a weekly Chinese class (the school’s third language). The children therefore have two teachers, one native English speaker and one native French speaker.

A Variety of Activities


A wide range of activities are offered throughout the school year : music, theatre, art and craft, cooking workshops etc. Singing, drawing and painting continue to play an important role in each class even after nursery school. They reflect the school’s philosophy : to go above and beyond ‘academic’ learning methods in order to develop the creativity of each child.

When one’s intelligence and sensitivity are in perfect balance, you are a marvellous actor’ Charlie Chaplin

School in the Countryside

At our school wellington boots are essential and Mother Nature plays an important rôle in our daily life. Some of our classes are taught outside and we take advantage of our environment to initiate our pupils in botany, gardening, discovering the world, sports activities, etc.

A Body, Heart, Mind Approach

A body, heart, mind approach takes into account all aspects of an individual. It is an approach that is cognitive (mind), emotional (heart) and physical (body). The children are brought to practise sport several times a week. In addition, the layout of each classroom and our teaching methods allow the children to move around freely throughout the day which has a direct impact on their concentration and independence. As for the emotional part, we take into account all the social skills (self-confidence, respect, taking initiative, independence, courage, positive attitude, work ethic, etc.) and work together on these positive behaviours, with humility and acceptance, because even if the team tries to be exemplary in this, it is a life-long process !

Our social skills heavily shape our know-how. It is therefore essential to integrate it in our school life.

‘Education brings out the best in a child or a man, whether it’s physical, emotional or intellectual’ – Gandhi