Primary Years Programme
More than just knowledge transfer
At the Primary School, our foundation consists of a firm mix of high expectations, care, patience, and love. We have a dynamic and passionate group of professionals who truly want the best for students and who care enough to uncover, nurture, and unleash students' unique talents and abilities. Our focus is squarely on student learning and equipping our students with the skills and mind-sets necessary to thrive in the twenty-first century. As such, we make every effort to provide a safe and developmentally appropriate learning environment that inspires and challenges all our students to excel intellectually, creatively, socially, emotionally and physically. We support B.I.S.` mission and vision by encouraging curiosity and learning while helping our students in becoming active and responsible world citizens, who are principled, compassionate, and innovative life-long learners and leaders.
Berlin International School, primary division, provides a warm, caring, supportive setting for children as they explore their environment. Our school creates a setting rich with play, music, art, dance, and cultural events while stimulating the children’s innate creativity and curiosity. Our curriculum encourages children to use all their senses to explore their environment and to excel academically, artistically, physically, and emotionally.
Our teachers believe that each child’s natural curiosity is the origin of learning and that we must respect each child’s level of readiness, ability, and curiosity as we promote learning. We encourage each child to become an active group member by promoting cooperative and collaborative group learning. We provide a structured learning environment that fosters their inner motivation and stimulates each child to advance their level of knowledge and skills.
Our school is authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) to offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP).
This constitutes the curriculum framework for our school and many other international schools throughout the world.
The PYP promotes an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. B.I.S. is also a state recognised school that meets the requirements of the Berlin Rahmenplan. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools as well as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It is regularly evaluated on the international standards set by these agencies.
The beliefs & values that form the foundation of our curriculum
Berlin International School recognizes that its students come from a variety of cultural and lingual backgrounds. To meet the needs of all of these students, the curriculum at B.I.S. aims to develop internationally-minded students who can think critically, knowledgeably and respectfully about the world around them.
The PYP expresses this desired student outcome in its definition of what it means to be internationally-minded, encapsulated in the attributes listed in the Learner Profile.The Learner Profile is the basis for all teaching and learning at Berlin International School.
Berlin International School believes that helping children construct meaning occurs most naturally through structured inquiry. Such inquiry may take place in a variety of formats and may be individual, small group or whole class in focus. The aim is to support each child’s struggle to gain new understandings. This learning is most effective when it is significant and relevant to the child. As such, it is also recognized that each child is unique and progresses at his/her own rate through the stages of development and understanding.
Based on these core values, we are creating, reviewing, renewing, and implementing a high quality, challenging academic curriculum that is embedded with time-less life skills and character. The academic program is made up of Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies, as well as the specialist areas of Art, Drama & Dance, Languages (German, Chinese and Mother Tongue Programmes in the After School Activity Programme), Music, PE, and Technology. Students have access to additional learning support through our Library, ELL (English Language Learning), Special Needs, Speech, and Counseling programs.
What do we want to learn?
The PYP curriculum framework includes five essential elements: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action. Each of these builds on the Learner Profile.
Knowledge: What do we want students to know about?
The aim is to investigate significant and relevant content in age-appropriate ways. The traditional subject areas of language, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, and personal, social and physical education are recognised as important. Most content is organised according to the six transdisciplinary themes.