The aim of the Maths curriculum in primary school at Berlin Cosmopolitan School is to strive for enjoyment and excellence in mathematical applications and to provide students with the skills to communicate their mathematical thinking confidently and effectively. Students are given the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to apply mathematics in the world and learn to recognise links between mathematics and other subject areas.
Our curriculum is based upon the Berliner Rahmenplan (Berlin State Curriculum) and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). Our comprehensive Mathematics curriculum is designed for students aged 3 to 12. Generally we teach Math in English, however grades 1-3 will be introduced to basic German Maths notation whilst grades 4 & 5 will be taught German in greater depth.
In addition to normal class tests and quizzes, students’ individual mathematical progress is assessed three times per year by MAP Testing. This method shows us as a school where our students are placed in comparison to international schools worldwide and allows teachers to closely supervise and support each student’s development in this subject area throughout the school year by integrating differentiated resources to challenge all students at their personal level.
Our curriculum uses a variety of textbooks and websites, depending on student ability. Emphasis will mostly be on ‘using and applying mathematics to solve problems’. Students undertake numerous problem-solving exercises, investigations, puzzles and games. They will learn to work in a systematic and logical way, appreciating the power and beauty of Mathematics along the way.
In all grades we have interactive SMARTboards, individual whiteboards, worksheets, books, counting cubes, measuring equipment, outdoor lessons. In grades 4 & 5 students enjoy weekly ICT Maths lessons using Mathletics software that is designed to improve students’ understanding of core mathematical principles. Within the classroom we see to it that a three tier differentiation process is in operation. This ensures that all students have a positive and profitable experience in their learning.
Differentiated learning as well as nurturing mathematical talents
We have different Math Clubs on offer, where both gifted and talented students as well as students who find maths challenging can get individually targeted tuition to further progress their inquiring minds. Gifted and talented students take part in both national and international Maths competitions such as Kangaroo and the Maths Olympiade. In 2012, BCS ranked 3rd highest school in Germany when we participated in the European Maths Challenge – making us the top ranked school in Berlin for Mathematics in the entire competition!