Focus on the holistic development of the child

Our youngest students begin their school career at Berlin Cosmopolitan School in the year they turn six. With 18 to 22 students per class, a maximum of two classes per year and highly motivated teachers from all over the world, we offer all students at Berlin Cosmopolitan School a safe and caring learning environment.

Berlin Cosmopolitan School follows the Berlin Framework and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), which focuses on the holistic development of the child as an inquirer both in and out of the classroom. The programme prepares BCS students to become active participants in the lifelong journey of transdisciplinary learning.

After school, our students have a wide range of diverse and unique clubs to choose from in our after-school programme. They can choose from over 50 including: music, science, sports, experimentation, art and several language clubs, to name but a few.

MINT Focus in the Primary School Programme

The special feature of the primary school of the Berlin Cosmopolitan School, in contrast to most public schools in Berlin, is that the PYP (Primary Years Programme) of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) forms the basis for the curriculum alongside the Berlin framework curriculum.

Summary

In our view, our school programme creates optimal framework conditions for the STEM focus and its successful implementation.
The crucial success factors of our pedagogical concept are:

  • Enthusiasm and maintenance of the children’s natural curiosity (motivation + fun in learning).
  • Active role of the learner (co-creation of the learning process)
  • Experience-based overview knowledge, which is supported by well-founded basic knowledge (professional performance)
  • Quality of teaching staff (professional training + continuous professional development)
  • Technical equipment (digital learning)

The Primary Years Programme (PYP)

For further information on the PYP, please see the Primary Years Programme (PYP) page.

The PYP is a programme developed for three to twelve year olds by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and is characterised by the following:

International mindedness

This programme emerged as a combination of successful national curricula and the experiences of international educational institutions and was developed specifically as a curriculum for international schools leading their students to the IB Diploma Programme. The PYP curriculum also enables students to transfer schools easily on an international scale. As Berlin Cosmopolitan School is an international school (we currently have students from more than 47 nations), this is of particular importance to our highly mobile families.

Learning based on questioning and inquiry: Inquiry Based Learning

The focus of PYP, and therefore Berlin Cosmopolitan School, is on knowledge and experience-based learning, developing the best methods of acquiring knowledge and engaging with things that people want to know more about. PYP is thus based on children’s natural curiosity and is a discovery programme that focuses primarily on scientific exploration as the central approach. The PYP concept focuses on the children as explorers, both in and out of the classroom. Pupils are encouraged by teachers to be curious, to ask questions and to find ways, using different learning strategies, to find answers to these questions and in this way find meaning in what they are learning. The teacher does not act as a carrier of ready-made declarative knowledge. This learning strategy is called searching autonomous learning and characterises the whole programme. Thus, the most important difference of PYP from the classical education models is that it is not about knowledge accumulation and knowledge reproduction, but about the development of a deep understanding of the most important concepts and contexts. The way to achieve this is not through demonstration but through enquiry, exploration and experimentation with the active participation of the learner.

Cross-curricular connections

PYP aims to make connections between students’ existing knowledge and their new understanding of the world. Traditional academic subjects (mathematics, languages, arts, natural and social sciences) are part of the programme, but are taught by drawing on interdisciplinary themes. This transdisciplinary programme allows students to see existing interrelationships and connections between academic knowledge and builds a solid foundation of all basic skills and life skills to best integrate into the global world.

The IB Learner Profile

In the PYP, the focus is on children and their holistic individual development, with emotional, physical, social and cognitive needs of children playing a significant role alongside academic skills. To this end, certain personality characteristics are fostered that create a foundation for the students’ later “international mindeness” and form the so-called learner profile.

Our school has anchored MINT activities in the school programme

The read as follows our MINT activities form the MINT focus of BCS Primary School:

 

Explore natural sciences

Science is understood as the study of the biological, chemical and physical aspects of the natural world and the interrelationships between them. In the Programme of Inquiry, learners develop a view of the world from a scientific perspective.

Skills for mathematics

In mathematics lessons, pupils are given the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills they need to apply mathematics in practice and to recognise links between mathematics and other subject areas.

ICT-lessons

ICT-lessons are part of the learning plan from Grade 1. Skills for exploring, informing, presenting and communicating with ICT are taught. Digital learning is ensured through appropriate media equipment and training of primary school teachers.

MINT Main Focus

In each year group from 1 to 5, at least 3 Units of Inquiry in the PYP have a clear MINT focus.

Extracurricular venues

Lessons at out-of-school places of learning are linked to the curriculum of the respective year, according to the transdiciplinary themes. Such lessons are an integral part of the curriculum and thus of the school year plan of the primary school.

MINT-Clubs

As part of the all-day care, we also offer the following clubs with a MINT focus in the afternoon: Maths Club (I and II), IT I Club, Science Club, Game Maker, Digital Art, Lego Club, Wood Working and many more.

MINT-Competitions

We actively introduce our pupils to MINT competitions from primary school onwards. Currently, these are primarily various mathematics competitions: “Kangaroo”, Bolyai Mathematics Team Competition and Mathematics Olympiad; and Robotics competitions.

Explore the World of Science

Every year, at the end of the 6th school year, the Science Fair of the 6th classes takes place under the motto “Explore the World of Science”. One day of the class trip to London is organised as “Science Day”.