Our curriculum is based on inquiry and student-led learning and as such, our students are intimately involved in the research cycle. The projects are tailored to specific age groups and are designed to include as many different subjects as possible.
Each project has a very practical aspect because studies have shown that practice-based learning leads to stronger learning attainment levels and enables students to apply what they have learned in other contexts as well. The skills of problem solving, finding solutions, as well as research and presentation abilities, are explicitly taught to our students on an on-going basis.
The individual projects are derived from the following six transdisciplinary questions:
- Who are we?
- Where are we in space and time?
- How do we express ourselves?
- How does the world work?
- How do we organize ourselves?
- How do we use and share our planet?
Based on these questions, we plan age-appropriate projects and activities. With our hands-on approach, we welcome scientists, authors, artists and specialists from various fields into our classrooms with the aim of sharing expertise from our community and motivating our students with real-life examples.
We conduct questionnaires in museums, visit politicians and ambassadors in their offices, exercise our freedom of opinion through public initiatives, investigate water in the River Spree, and visit radio stations, just to name a few examples.
The presentation of the projects and their findings occurs at the end of the project cycle. Parents and other classes are regularly invited to attend and provide constructive feedback.