Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Our teaching methodology is based on the IB Primary Years Programme, using a transdisciplinary and inquiry-based approach for instruction.  Our method also employs the use of "Learning by Doing” and “Learning through Play” as found in the Berlin Educational Program.

Our approach to teaching and learning stems from the understanding that children acquire skills and knowledge when they are an integral part of the learning process. Active inquiry must be guided by trained educators and teachers, whose task is to transfer theoretical learning concepts to practical application, appropriate for the situation as well as the age group. By guiding our students with rich, purposeful inquiry, our teachers and educators act as a trusted guide through the learning process as a whole.

In order to ensure both quality and integrity of our school program, we place important emphasis on the training of our teachers, the conceptual planning of excursions, our active cooperation with trusted parents, the use of online and offline media, as well as the care and attention show to our classroom and teaching resources.

We use concepts and tools of language immersion to track our two school language, namely German and English. Each classroom has two educators, one responsible for German instruction and the other for English. These years set the foundation for future language development in the Primary School and provide our students with a smooth transition to Grade 1.

The classroom is the “third teacher” in our Kindergarten and Preschool classes. In our view, a classroom needs to reflect what the students have learned and offer them plenty of inspiration for independent learning. We provide our students with plenty of inspiration when it comes to arts and crafts, the natural sciences, theater, role play, and much more.

The actual learning experiences of our students are particularly important when it comes to designing the learning environment, and we draw on this in our classrooms. As such, the classrooms are often quite empty at the start of a school year and become more vibrant as the students work and continue to learn. By allowing the classrooms to act as a visible extension of their own learning, our students become empowered learners.

Our program is supplemented by a wide variety of books and resources in our school’s own library. Library visits are a fixed part of every student’s weekly schedule. Our librarians work closely together with teachers in order to support upcoming projects with relevant and helpful resources. They also provide direct instruction on the proper use of our library and recommend books and other literary tools as helpful resources in assisting their inquiry.

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