Primary School – Inquiry-Based Learning
Our Primary School is a five minute walk from Berlin’s historic Olympic stadium in the suburbs of Charlottenburg. The single story building, which houses K3 group and Grades 1 to 5, has open, airy and bright learning spaces, as well as a library, gym, music room, and computer lab. There is a large and well equipped playground.
The school day begins at 08:30 and finishes at 15:20.
We have been developing our curriculum throughout the school in order better to prepare our students for the challenges of a global world.
As a result, at all year groups in Primary school, students follow the International Baccalaureate Organisation’s Primary Years Programme (PYP). The programme includes elements of the English National Curriculum and the local curriculum within this framework where appropriate.
By linking subjects in context and providing a programme of structured inquiry we give learning relevance, and provide students with the opportunity for critical thinking. Lessons are characterised by differentiated activities tailored to meet the needs of individual children. Regular reporting and close contact with parents ensure that channels of communication on children’s progress are kept open.
Our Primary School has also achieved the status of ‘Ersatzschule’ in the Berlin school system, and is gradually adopting a more bilingual approach meaning that students receive part of their tuition through the medium of German.