Co-Curricular Enrichment Program

Our Erzieher*innen are responsible for the Co-Curricular Enrichment Program at our school. They take care of our early/late care supervision, our immersion activities throughout the school day, as well as the program during the school holidays. In the afternoons, our Erzieher*innen, teachers and external club leaders offer a variety of clubs for the children.

The immersion activities are planned and implemented by the Bezugserzieher*innen and take place during the school day between 8:10 am and 3:30 pm. Thematically, immersion activities are often linked to topics from the lessons and are based on developmental phases or on the interests of the children and the current topics that preoccupy them.

Erzieher und Kinder im Kochkurs

During early/late care supervision, immersion activities, breaks and clubs, our students get to experience the English and German languages in a natural way as the languages of their surroundings. While enjoying lunch together in the cafeteria, putting on a jacket, or playing in the schoolyard, they learn a new language through a combination of their own actions and experiences in a quite objective and natural way, effortlessly. Gestures, facial expressions and images are a huge support in this process.

In order to share great ideas with each other, we learn from each other and carry out projects together, it is one of our responsibilities to observe each other‘s classes during immersion activities.

FAQ on our Co-Curricular Enrichment Program

Early care supervision takes place before lessons begin, from 6 to 8am, for all children in grades 1 to 6 whose parents already have to go to work. The children rest or play together and start the new day in a slow and relaxed manner.

Lessons begin at 8:10 for all students. The class or subject teachers are present in the class rooms from 8:00 and supervise the children as they start their school day in a quiet and organised way.

Depending on the grade and the day of the week, the compulsory school day for each class ends between 13:30 and 15:30.

In order to make the school day as comfortable as possible for all students and have the daily routine run smoothly, the daily schedules for grades 1 and 2 vary from grades 3 and 4, and grades 5 to 10 in lessons, Co-Curricular Enrichment and break times. In this way, we ensure a quiet lunch time, relaxed break times in the schoolyard and optimal utilisation of the subject rooms. Each class receive their timetables and daily schedules at the beginning of the school year.

Our afternoon program takes places between 13:30/15:30 (depending on the day of the week) and 18:00, with lots of clubs in either the English or German language. These clubs are made up of school students from all classes.

For all primary school students in grades 1 to 6, afternoon supervision is provided until either 4 pm or 6 pm, according to the individual supervision vouchers. This consists of free play time in the schoolyard or in our spacious early/late care room on the ground floor. Our school library is also open two evenings per week.

Lesson units or immersion activities can last for either 40 or 120 minutes. During this time, depending on age, development and the students‘ daily mood, one or more short breaks are taken, in which concentration is maintained by means of short movements or relaxation exercises. Through this regular alternation of phases, which either demand increased attention or phases which practice relaxation, we accommodate the natural daily rhythm of the students. In addition, individual, partner, group and station work, and other working methods change over the course of the school day. This enables us to achieve optimal learning conditions for the children in all subjects and immersion activities throughout the day.

From grades 1-6, the students eat both lunch and snack at a table, as a class group, with their Bezugserzieher*innen. It is important to us that all children have the chance to eat their lunch in peace. For this reason, we organise lunch breaks and snack times in different shifts, depending on the grade. Every child can take the time they need to eat and those who are finished eating are allowed to go and play in the schoolyard.

Both lunch and snack are prepared according to nutritional physiology principles. Lunch is delivered by the catering firm Löwenzahn, and our afternoon snack is prepared by our school housekeeper. Sugar-free drinks are available for the children in the cafeteria all day long. The parents also give their children a drink bottle with either water or sugar-free tea along with a second, healthy breakfast each day. This is eaten in the classroom shortly before or after the morning break.

Our students can choose from a very wide range of clubs in the field of sports, music, dance, art, languages, media/computers, maths, science, engineering, handiwork and crafts. Here you will find our club plan for the current school year.

Our Erzieher*innen and teachers design their clubs according to their strengths, abilities and experiences. Due to constant new ideas and developments, we are constantly adding to the clubs we offer. From grade 6 upwards, the students support us in the selection and organisation of their own clubs. The majority of our clubs take place in either the German or English language. Some clubs are led by two club leaders in both languages.

We also work in cooperation with external experts and partners to offer even more variety and to expand our club offers even further. We organise many of our sports clubs in this way with different associations (for example, SV Empor – Soccer, Alba Berlin – Basketball, Wasserratten e.V. – Swimming, Kletterhalle Berta Block – Climbing). The music school Schneegans offers one-to-one music lessons in piano, violin and guitar in our school building at an additional cost.

We follow the Berlin school calendar and have the same holidays as all other schools in Berlin.

We offer a varied holiday program from 6:00 to 18:00 each day during the school holidays. This program is for children in grades 1 to 6 and includes lots of interesting projects, exciting excursions and relaxed freeplay time.

In two weeks of the summer holidays we have a closing time with emergency care from 7.30 am to 5 pm, for which you have to register until April 30th. In the last week of the summer holidays, during Christmas holidays and on bridge days our school is closed.

Of course, we share the holidays and closing periods with all parents in good time and hang the information up in the Foyer.

In the 1st and 2nd grade our students use open cloakrooms.

From 3rd or 4th grade upwards (depending on the classroom), it is required that every student rents a locker with a lock. Children can lock schoolbooks, exercise books, sports bags, bicycle helmets and other personal items in here. The parents rent the lockers from the company Eurobox at an additional cost.

The alternating phases of the rhythmic daily routine are also reflected in our room concept. Up until 4th grade, the students have two rooms with a connecting door available to them. The classroom is equipt with tables and chairs while the connecting Co-Curricular Enrichment Room is more individual with open spaces, relaxation corners, as well as craft and construction areas. These Co-Curricular Enrichment Rooms are also co-designed by the children. This concept allows the students to take a step back at certain times of the day and allows them to decide whether they want to work in the classroom or in the Co-Curricular Enrichment Room.

Grades 5 – 10 have various group rooms available to them beside their classrooms. These rooms can be used for Team-Teaching or for working in small groups.

Yes, the class hour or Klassenrat (class council) is a fixed part of the timetable and takes place once per week. This time is used by both class teacher and Bezugserzieher*innen (from grade 7 only the class teacher) with their class, to discuss current topics that preoccupy the students or colleagues.