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Early
Learning
The Berlin Metropolitan School offers education programs for children starting at 3 years in order to set the foundation to become lifelong learners. Our
child-centered approach focuses on the development of the whole child; students
develop their social skills and emotional competence, in addition to growing
academically.
The Berlin Metropolitan School is an authorized IB World School. The Primary
Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
is the foundation for our curriculum and provides the framework for our childcentered approach to early learning.
Through the framework of the Primary Years Programme, students are engaged
in inquiry-based learning experiences where they ask questions, make connections to their prior knowledge, explore new ideas, and investigate ways to solve
problems. With this program, we wish to incite curiosity and the joy of learning
in children, while building the framework for a successful school career and a
fulfilling life.
Our curriculum is organized around six transdisciplinary themes. These themes
are designed to deliver the subject matter in a coherent whole and act as the
comprehensive guide for inquiry-based learning. The themes are:
Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organize ourselves
Sharing the Planet
These six Units of Inquiry offer students the opportunity to explore knowledge
of genuine importance in the understanding of the human condition.
TYPE OF SCHOOL
International all-day school for Grades K-12
Certified IB World School
State recognized substitute school
(Grades 1 to 6)
State approved substitute school
(Grades 7 to 10)
GRADES
Early Learning (Ages 3 to 5)
Primary School (Grades 1 to 5)
Secondary School (Grades 6 to 12)
SCHOOL LANGUAGES
English as language of instruction
German as host country language and subject
Spanish and French starting in Grade 7
Different language courses in the after-school
program
CURRICULUM EARLY LEARNING
Primary Years Programme of the IBO for children aged 3 to 5
Berlin Educational Program
EARLY LEARNING PROFILE Inquiry- based learning
Interdisciplinary learning
Creative work to inspire students
Well-rounded education following the standards of the IBO
Preparation and transition focus for Grade 1
AGE GROUPS
Kindergarten Age 3 to 4
Preschool Age 5 to 6
STUDENTS
1 group of 3-year-olds
3 groups of 4-year-olds
4 groups of 5-year-olds
CLASS SIZES
Age 3 Group: 12 children per class
Age 4 Group: 16-18 children per class
Age 5 Group: 18 children per class
LANGUAGES
English and German taught by native speakers
SCHOOL HOURS
Early Birds: 7:30am - 8:30am
School Hours: 8:30am - 4.00pm
Late Care: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Each year from Kindergarten to Grade 5, students revisit these themes on a
deeper level, enabling a balance of subject-specific knowledge, concepts and
skills. Within each unit, the specific technical contents as well as the abilities
and skills required to master the lessons are integrated and taught in connection with each other. As the foundation of our school curriculum, the Berlin
Metropolitan School Programme of Inquiry (POI) contextualizes the transdisciplinary themes, providing a coherent and well-articulated program of study for
both our Early Learners and Primary School students.
Our students thrive in this interdisciplinary learning program because they learn
to create links between the units and to connect different building blocks of
knowledge. The newly learned knowledge thereby increases in significance
and relevance for students, which is necessary in order to allow students to
store this knowledge in their long-term memory and access it throughout their
lives. This type of learning is supported by intensive practical knowledge application in the classroom and by the active inclusion of students in the learning
process. The point of departure for each unit is the students themselves, with
their previous knowledge and their own questions. By building on children’s
natural thirst for knowledge from the very beginning, our program fosters this
unchecked curiosity, and helps children grow beyond their limits.
Our students learn how to learn and they learn to love the learning process.
Because the Early Learning section and the Primary School follow the same
program, the transition between Early Learning and 1st grade is smooth and
natural for our students.
As a state recognized school, we fulfill the requirements of the Berliner Bildungsprogramm (BBP). The BBP is the program used by all preschools in Berlin, and offers binding, scientifically founded, and objectively tested guidelines.
It describes the basic abilities children need to be successful in life, as well as
which areas of knowledge they should learn, and how they can be encouraged
in line with their individual development levels and aptitudes. We adapt the
Berlin state expectations to our BMS curriculum to provide our families with
the most flexibility.
Kindergarten Age 3 to 5
In the Early Learning Program, two educators, teaching in their respective
native languages of English and German, work with groups of up to 18 students.
The framework of our Kindergarten education consists of intense group work in
order to transfer the first social competences, a bilingual environment in order
to focus into the German and English languages, and the first unit work to discover and learn about how knowledge is linked. During this time, our youngest
learners, from ages 3 to 4 already focus on three large projects throughout the
year, in accordance with the Primary Years Programme of the IBO.
Through creative forms of expression such as drawing, handcrafts, theater,
music, and expressive dance, children reflect on what they have learned,
making connections between the knowledge and trying to illustrate and present
it in an age-appropriate manner.
Experienced educators create a warm and inspiring learning environment that
guides students’ natural curiosity and provides them with a feeling of security
in the classroom and in the group. Here, the children can try new things and
have fun as they go on a voyage of discovery.
Preschool Age 5 to 6
The year prior to entry into school is used to actively prepare children for this
next step. Two educators teaching in their respective native languages of English
and German work with groups of 18 students. The teachers of our Preschool
work closely together with the colleagues from the Primary School in order to
provide all students with the best preparation possible for the transition. Due to
the fact that every child develops differently, has a different learning style, and
has his/her own learning speed, the educators focus on this preparation with
the greatest care and work closely together with parents.
Mathematics and languages are also incorporated into the units, laying the
foundation for the entry into school. Music and expressive movement classes
will provide our young learners with the opportunity to become familiar with
their bodies and to express themselves through singing and acting. Preparing
for school also means getting to know school procedures and rituals such as
the morning circle, project work and group work as well as visiting the school
STAFF
International staff of 32 employees
2 educators per class, one native German
speaker, one native English speaker
INTEGRATED INSTRUCTION
German, English and Mathematics
(starting at age 5)
Library lessons
Movement
Music
Unit of Inquiry
DAILY STRUCTURE
Classes start at 9:00am with morning circle
Class work from 9:00am to 11:30am
Lunch at 12:00pm
Quiet time 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Snack time 2:30pm
Open play until 4:00pm
Late Care, open play until 6:00pm
MEALS
Fruit Snack in the morning
Healthy warm meal for lunch
Snack in the afternoon
AUTHORIZATIONS
Authorized IB World School
Recognized Substitute School according to the
Senate Guidelines for Education
Berlin Metropolitan School
Linienstraße 122
10115 Berlin
Phone +49 30 8872 739 0
Fax
+49 30 8872 739 20
[email protected]
www.metropolitanschool.com
library. Visiting a classroom and having older students come read to them, helps
the youngest students to perceive themselves as part of the school community.
Intensive planning is the prerequisite for successful learning and our educators
take part in yearly training to stay abreast of the latest PYP training. With an
approach of differentiated instruction, we provide the frame to support every
student to become their best. We regard ourselves as a learning institution and
as a role model for our students, in whom we aim to inspire the joy of lifelong
learning. Students from all over the world join our school and build a community
of international, open-minded and respectful students.
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