Sciences and mathematics
The scientific pole at lycée Claudel
- 4 laboratories fully equipped with professional equipment
- 1 digital science and technology room
Above all, it’s a team of 17 dynamic, motivated teachers who are continually trained in the latest techniques and are entirely dedicated to the success of each of their students.
The teaching of mathematics is based on the development of six skills:
- Seek, because solving a problem is not immediate and requires exploring different paths;
- Represent, because the use of different representations of mathematical objects makes it possible to better conceptualize the concepts studied;
- Modeling, because studying certain models makes it possible to better understand real-life situations;
- Calculate, because mastering calculation allows greater autonomy in the face of ubiquitous numerical situations;
- Reasoning, because reasoning allows one to make informed and anticipated choices when faced with complex situations;
- Communicate, because communicating is essential to explain a reasoning, write a demonstration or argue.
The teachers in the team are committed to teaching their discipline in an innovative, lively and attractive way, so that they no longer have to endure maths, but rather live it!
The use of digital media (use of exercisers and dynamic geometry software,…), work methods that are evolving and not static (individual, pair or group work), everything is done to generate the interest and commitment of the students.
Computer Beaver (castor informatique) and Algoréa
Open from CM1 to Terminale, the Castor competition aims to introduce young people to computer and digital sciences.
The next step is the Algoréa contest, designed to accompany students as they learn programming and algorithms, in Blockly, Scratch or Python languages.
More info: http://castor-informatique.fr/home.php
The school offers an extracurricular math club (every Monday from 3:45 to 4:45 pm) that is dedicated to the preparation of the University of Waterloo Canadian and Mathematica Centrum competitions. Students practice on topics from past competitions and can thus brush up on mathematical concepts that may be part of the topics but are not covered in the French National Education curriculum.
This extracurricular activity has two objectives:
- Deepen your knowledge of LEGO EV3 robotics and train in teams of 2 to 4 students to participate in the ZONE01 robotics competition.
- Carry out in teams of 2-4 students an electronic project of your choice (using Arduino and Raspberry Pi microcontrollers).
Math in Jeans
Math in Jeans is a method, which since 1989, aims to bring mathematics into the lives of young people, according to the principles of mathematical research. It allows young people to meet researchers and to practice a genuine scientific approach in a school environment, with both theoretical and applied dimensions.
Every week, starting in September, volunteer students and teachers from two schools twinned for the occasion work in parallel on mathematical research topics proposed by a professional researcher.
Several times during the year, the students, teachers and researcher involved in the two workshops meet for “seminars” where they exchange their points of view, debate and share their ideas.
Each year, between March and April, the students present their research work in a venue that brings together students, teachers and researchers.
Algorithm and programming
Algorithms and Programming occupy a privileged place in French curricula: Their progressive teaching allows us to develop rigour and logic in our students and helps them to better understand the digital world around us.
Learning sequences take place during mathematics classes in the classroom every week from 6th to 3rd grade. In 6th grade, our students program using the GeoTortoise software, from 5th to 3rd grade with SCRATCH.
From Seconde to Terminale, the Python language is taught. In 1st and 12th grade, the NSI speciality (Numerical and Computer Science) allows to discover and deepen many notions.
Life and Earth Sciences (SVT)
The teachers of the discipline welcome the students in an adapted environment equipped with laboratory material (practical work material to carry out experiments and manipulations, computers on each table in all the rooms, use of various software and digital tools). This caring team makes every effort to meet the needs and interests of its students.
Diversified courses, based on the scientific approach of investigation to stimulate and involve students in their learning: observation and manipulation, experiments, use of digital tools, work by skills, alone, in pairs or in groups, meetings and exchanges with speakers, educational outings, interdisciplinary projects, links with the university…
An innovative approach to Life and Earth Sciences (SVT), for the success of each of our students.
The Geoscience Olympics
An academic and national competition, the Geoscience Olympiads were created in 2007 by the French Ministry of Education, as part of the International Year of Planet Earth.
The objectives of these Olympiads are multiple:
- To develop a taste for science among high school students;
- To encourage the emergence of a new scientific culture in the geosciences;
- To highlight their multidisciplinary diemension;
- Underline the close link between geosciences and the wide range of professions associated with them.
But what is geoscience?
Geoscience is the scientific study of planet Earth and its many natural geological systems. Geoscience includes the study and exploration of the Earth’s resources – minerals, soil, water and energy.
Geoscience professions are extremely varied and touch on very different sectors of activity. By following a course oriented “Earth Sciences” you can become a geologist or hydrogeologist for simple design offices or go around the world working for oil companies, working in laboratories or in the field, teaching or researching…
The Biology Olympics
What are the National Biology Olympics?
These Olympiads are a contest in which students are asked to carry out a year-long research project in groups. The aim of this work is to solve a scientific problem related to biology (human physiology, molecular biology, plant biology, ecology, immunology, neuroscience, etc.). At the end of the research process, the students will have to present a video integrating at least one experiment carried out during the project.
Specifically, it allows :
- to train the scientific mind. The students will have to choose a subject – propose a relevant and rigorous strategy to be implemented to solve the scientific problem posed – analyse the results obtained – evaluate, in the light of these results, the relevance of the strategy adopted, etc.
- to consolidate experimental skills through observation and modelling work, and also through experiments carried out in the high school science laboratories with the help of a qualified teacher.
- to develop reflexive and execution autonomy, collaborative work as well as communication skills (oral, video,…)
acquire new scientific knowledge
- to promote the student’s educational background for university enrolment, both locally and internationally.
The National Biology Olympics are open to high school students who will be following the SVT speciality course in Première and Terminale in public and private education under contract, from all French high schools and establishments in the network of the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE).
Physics and chemistry
The Physics and Chemistry teachers place the success of their students at the center of their preoccupations.
Project participation, experimental practice, a concrete and contextualized approach, environmental education and sustainable development, …this dynamic team constantly stimulates the interest and curiosity of their students by creating optimal learning conditions.
The National Chemistry Olympiads have been organised since 1984 by chemistry professionals, the Ministry of National Education, the French Chemical Society and the Union of Physics and Chemistry Teachers.
The pedagogical objectives
- To encourage students’ interest in chemistry and to promote the contribution of this discipline to the development of science and technology;
- To encourage the meeting between the educational and professional chemistry communities;
- To remind pupils that chemistry is not only a discipline but also a living science practised in research laboratories and, as such, an industry with many ramifications.
Regional examinations are organised from January onwards in all the academies in France as well as in the French educational network abroad. The winners of each regional delegation meet for national tests in April.
There are also two different competitions:
- One, intended for students in Terminale S and STL, is scientific in nature and includes a laboratory handling test and collaborative work.
- The other, open to first and final year students of all series, focuses on communication projects related to chemistry. Students present their work to a jury made up of teachers and industrialists.
In addition to the tremendous work carried out by the candidates, this great success is also the result of the involvement of the different pedagogical actors, first and foremost the Physics / Chemistry teachers and the laboratory technicians.