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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