Ch.7: Quel âge as-tu?: How old are you?


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French Starter Pack
1 Greetings
2 Goodbye
3 Ça va?
4 What's your name?
Famous people
4a Alphabet
5 Colours
6 Numbers 1-12
7 Ages
8 Months
9 Numbers 13 - 31
10 Birthdays
11 Days of the week
12 Today's date
13 Pets
14 Brothers & sisters
15 Consolidation / assessment
16 En classe

Video section 7

"Je m'appelle Amélie, j'ai 10 ans." and "Je m'appelle Alexandre, j'ai 7 ans."
The video shows children of a wide range of ages.

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The school system in France

Almost all children in France go to a nursery school
for several years before they start primary school

Diagram: Age at which you enter different stages of French education
Diagram: How old you are at different stages in French education

The ages at which you change schools in France

Most French children go to a nursery ("école maternelle") from age 3 until they have to start primary school at age 6.

They spend 5 years at their local primary school ("école élémentaire") until age 10-11, when they go to the nearest secondary school ("collège").

At age 14, they go an upper secondary school ("lycée"): some will leave when they are allowe to, at age 16.

Many young people stay on at "lycée" until they are 18, to take the "Baccalauréat" exam, which qualifies them to go on to university.

This website (link below) has a very useful description of the French school system and current issues in education in France (in English), which gives more cultural background - suitable for teachers rather than KS2 pupils.
- for teachers

For comparative information covering France and other European countries, teachers could look at Eurybase, the EU-funded EURYDICE database. For each country, the information is available in English and in the countrys' national language(s).

A good starting point - which will probably cover all you need - is EURYDICE's summary sheet on each country's system of education:

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