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Old 22.08.2011, 11:15
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Re: Grade 1 - when do kids do full weeks?

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Our Vaud-based school timetable is 4 mornings and 1 afternoon for 1st enfantine, 4 mornings and 3 afternoons for 2nd enfantine, then 5 mornings and 4 afternoons from 1st grade onwards, with just the Wed afternoon off. Hours are 8.30-11.30, then 14-15.30 in 1st grade.
Wow, such short days, here it's 8:10-11:40 and 13:15-16:00 (except for Wednesday afternoons), all classes.

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Our Vaud-based school timetable is 4 mornings and 1 afternoon for 1st enfantine, 4 mornings and 3 afternoons for 2nd enfantine, then 5 mornings and 4 afternoons from 1st grade onwards, with just the Wed afternoon off. Hours are 8.30-11.30, then 14-15.30 in 1st grade.
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Wow, such short days, here it's 8:10-11:40 and 13:15-16:00 (except for Wednesday afternoons), all classes.

Tom
I guess not only are timings and days different in different Cantons, but also within the same Canton.
Here in Vaud (Lausanne), the morning hours are 0825 to 1150, different to Kodokan's times, even though she is in the same Canton....
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Old 22.08.2011, 17:33
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Our Vaud-based school timetable is 4 mornings and 1 afternoon for 1st enfantine, 4 mornings and 3 afternoons for 2nd enfantine, then 5 mornings and 4 afternoons from 1st grade onwards, with just the Wed afternoon off. Hours are 8.30-11.30, then 14-15.30 in 1st grade.
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I guess not only are timings and days different in different Cantons, but also within the same Canton.
Here in Vaud (Lausanne), the morning hours are 0825 to 1150, different to Kodokan's times, even though she is in the same Canton....
Yes, it is a Commune thing, not a cantonal thing. Our Vaud school actually has CIN1 4 mornings (8:30 - 12:00), and CIN2 the same with one afternoon.
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Just a quick one .. my son starts grade 1 in the Swiss system tomorrow (he is very excited) but I am wondering when they go to a fuller week. His schedule only has afternoon lessons on Monday and Tuesday. I had heard they always have Wednesday afternoons off even through to senior school, but had expected they would go on Thursday and Friday afternoons as well. I have no issue with this.. except that I wonder when on earth they find time to learn if they aren't really there?

I also hear the Swiss system progresses far faster than the Australian system, meaning that although they start two years after kids start in Australia they quickly accelerate in terms of the content they are learning.. is this other people's experience as well?

Thanks!
What is grade 1, what is the Swiss term and/or age range? Are you tlakign about schooling 'proper', or the (compulsory in Zurich at least) kindergarten bit?

Sorry, but my schooling was in the UK (and they've changed the naming system since), and after France, Germany, Switzerland and references to other countires, all this grade stuff gets me confused.
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Old 22.08.2011, 17:47
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Re: Grade 1 - when do kids do full weeks?

I never know what these terms mean either but as everything in the school system varies so much, unless your child actually starts school today in the same village as the ones already mentioned in this Thread, the info doesn't mean much anyway. If your child doesn't start school kindergarten, school, grade 1, class 1, enfantine, chlii Kindski, gross Kindski or whatever until next year they'll likely have changed it all again.
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Old 22.08.2011, 17:55
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What is grade 1, what is the Swiss term and/or age range?
Where I am, Grade 1 is for kids who've turned 6 by the 30 June just before they start in August. It's called 'premiere primaire' here, but of course won't be near you.

In modern UK terms, it's kids who'd be in Year 2; in old UK terms, it would be Top Infants, the last year before going to Junior school aged 7.
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