Cycle 3 connects the two final years of primary school and the first year of junior high school, with a reinforced focus on educational continuity and consistency of learning with regards to the acquisition of the common foundation of knowledge, skills and culture.
This cycle has a double responsibility: On one hand, it will consolidate the acquisition of fundamental knowledge (reading, writing, arithmetic, respect for one another) that was begun in cycle 2 and that conditions subsequent learning. On the other hand, it will allow for a smoother transition between primary school and junior high school by ensuring a continuity and progressiveness between the three years of the cycle. The program readies students for the end of the cycle and already-learned skills and knowledge. Teaching must be structured, progressive and explicit, as well as differentiated in order to promote the success of students.
The class of 6e (grade 6) has a special role in the cycle: it allows the students to adapt to the rhythm, organization and general environment of junior high while continuing the learning that was started in CM1 (grade 4) and CM2 (grade 5). Cycle 3’s program also allows for a gradual and natural transition to different disciplines and introduces the terminology, the approaches and the specific methods related to them.
More generally in cycle 3, students gain access to more abstract thinking that promotes reasoning and its implementation in more complex tasks. They are encouraged to act responsibly and to cooperate by doing projects, creating and producing a significant number of writings and by undertaking a variety of different tasks of all kinds.
The media and IT education implemented since Cycle 2 will allow students to become more familiar with a question-style approach in the various fields of study. They are led to develop a keen sense of observation, curiosity, critical thinking and, more generally, autonomy of thought.