IB Primary Years Programme

Preparing your child for a lifelong journey of learning.

SUPPORTING CHILDREN’S GROWTH

Through our IB Primary Years Programme, we have created a cooperative, caring environment in which children engage with a challenging and comprehensive curriculum. Our students participate in this programme from ages 6 to 11 (in Grades 1 to 5).

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Our class teachers and teaching assistants work closely with the students to inquire, hypothesise and develop their thinking. We also have a dedicated Art teacher, German teacher, Music teacher and Physical Education teachers. This team collaborates to ensure that learning experiences are meaningful and developmentally appropriate, and to find new ways to extend our students’ thinking.

While we teach in English, we make sure to give our students exposure to German, our host language. To achieve this, our assistants speak German all the time so that the children can learn the language in a meaningful context. We also offer regular, small group German lessons.

GRADES 1 TO 5

Within our primary classrooms, we foster a strong sense of community. Children are encouraged to work both independently and together as they explore a range of stimulating topics. Our aim is to nurture globally-minded citizens with inquiring minds.

We aim for a class size of 20 students and will accept a maximum of 24. If there are more than 20 students in a class, we add a teaching assistant to ensure that all children get the support they need.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Your child’s homeroom teacher will teach Language Arts, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Art, Drama and Personal Social Health Education (PSHE). Where possible, the work is trans-disciplinary – students focus on six in-depth units of inquiry over the course of the year.

In addition, students have classes in German, Physical Education, Art, Music and Library. These are taught by specialist teachers. Information technology is used throughout the subject areas as a tool to support learning.

Grades 4 and 5 take part in a weekly choir as part of the curriculum; and Grade 5 have weekly instrumental lessons (students can choose from trumpet, flute, clarinet etc).

INCLUSIVITY

BBIS is an inclusive school. If your child has specific learning or language needs, specialised teachers are here to help them access the curriculum.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Your child can choose from a wide range of exciting and challenging extracurricular activities each term. These may include soccer, cross country, biking, karate, calligraphy, instrumental ensemble and many other activities and clubs.

We also take the students on a number of field trips in and around Berlin and Potsdam, and each class in Grades 1 to 4 takes an overnight trip in the Spring. Grade 5 students go on a week-long field trip in September – a fun-filled week that fosters the development of leadership skills and consolidates their role as leaders of the Primary School.

STUDENT COUNCIL

We believe that all students should have a voice in the school. In Grade 6, students can be elected by their peers from Grades 2 to 5 to join the Student Council – which plays an important role in our school.