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.

Our school’s Ganztag team actively and enthusiastically shape school life. Within the full-day program, our Erzieher*innen hold responsibilities that go far beyond the level of care traditionally offered before school and in the afternoon. This involves both Support-Teaching, that is, lessons planned together with the teacher, and the organisation and implementation of various and varied full-day offerings. These take place throughout the school day and are linked to the content of the lessons or result from the development phases, the children’s interests and current issues facing children and young people.

Erzieher und Kinder im Kochkurs

In Years 1 to 6, each school class has its own Class Erzieher. The children are accompanied through the day by their class Erzieher – during Support-Teaching in class, during Ganztag and study periods, during breaks and meals together in the canteen. They are important persons of trust and support the children in their learning and language acquisition as well as in their personal development.

The also plan and organize the afternoon program with over 30 clubs for all age groups as well as the exciting and varied holiday program for Years 1 to 6.

Arbeitsgemeinschaften

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Act it out – Express yourself!

English
Our club is full of fun energy and creativity! We focus on games and activities that allow us to express ourselves through emotions, movement, storytelling, and acting. Every week we improvise together and discover something new about ourselves and our group.
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Art Club

English
All children who love to be creative and are interested in art, design and artistic design, get to put their talents into practice in this club. We are inventive and productive outside of the usual art lessons. Our expressiveness, imagination and desire to be creative knows no bounds.
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Basketball

German
Basketball comes from North America and is now popular in many countries around the world. This sport is characterized by its fast, focused and precise play. In our club, the children learn the basic techniques of basketball and train to play successfully in a team.
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Culture Club

English
We explore cultural traditions and customs from all parts of the world. We are interested in cultures of the past and of the present. We get to know games from other countries, learn about historic and current craftsmanship and listen to famous stories.
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Dance Club

English
We get to know various dance forms such as contemporary, hip-hop, musical theatre, ballet, or Irish dancing and learn about the origins of each style. We work on choreographies and add them to music, developing co-ordination, technique and performance skills.
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Brainteasers

German
Whether Sudoku, crossword puzzles or tricky conundrums – we ponder and fiddle, puzzle and guess, consider and think all over the place. Our brainteasers bring variety into the day, are fun and promote concentration. Of course, we also think up puzzle stories ourselves.
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Fictionary Book Club

German
Book club is far more than just sitting around reading! Each week when we open a book, we discuss the characters, what is happening in the story, and do everything we can to dive into a new world. We read and discuss together. Books can be chosen by students too.
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Film Club

English
In this club, we learn about all the aspects of filmmaking: brainstorming, creative circles, writing stories, storyboarding, directing and filming. Children and young people who want to get experience in front of and behind the camera are all very welcome.
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Fit for Kid!

English
We try out new types of sports and really let off some steam. Our gym and all the materials are available for exercises and a variety of different obstacle courses. We vary the set-up on a weekly basis and make use of the changing exercises to stay physically fit.
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Football

German
The participants learn to play football and the rules of »fair play«. Presented in a playful context, they also get coordination training to optimally prepare their bodies for the game. But it’s the team spirit and all the fun of Europe’s most popular ball sport that comes first.
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Handicrafts

German
We deal with various materials and use them to make beautiful hand crafted items. There is sewing, knitting, crocheting, felting and embroidering – everybody gets to be creative and to contribute their own ideas. The created works can, of course, be taken home.
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Handball

English
Sport has a fundamental and positive impact on individuals, communities and society. Just like basketball and football, handball is also a very popular team sport – it’s no fun playing on your own. In this group, we come together to train for fitness, stamina, techniques and speed.
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Irrational Logic

English
Is everything we know about mathematics true? How can we be sure? Together we explore the modern world of mathematics and discover that things we take for granted may not be true. We also spend some time investigating infinites. Can you think to infinity and beyond?
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Junior & Senior Choir

English
Singing makes you happy! The junior choir and the senior choir are performance choirs, in which we sing rock, pop and traditional songs. The children and young people are part of a professional ensemble and get onto the big stage at school events.
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Creative Writing

German
Discover creativity in a playful way, write down thoughts and put them into other contexts, develop own texts, try out different formats - for anyone who is excited about a blank sheet of paper, and also for talented writers whose stories are far too real for reality.
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Mathmagicans

English
Together we solve many different tasks that are very different from those in math class. We also deal with the creative side of mathematics, because this subject is not only about numbers, but also about structures and relationships. It will be exciting!
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Board Games Old & New

German
What do all dice, board or card games have in common? They’re all really fun! Each week, we play a different game or invent our own games. The children are more than welcome to bring in their own games from home. It certainly never gets boring in this group!
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Number Ninjas

English
In this club, we will playfully deal with various puzzles and games, easy and more difficult brainteasers and handicrafts that have a mathematical connection. We become number ninjas, train logical thinking and dive deeper into the world of mathematical questions.
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Origami

German
Origami, the creative art of paper folding, is a millennia-old tradition from Japan. From a simple sheet of paper, we create two- or three-dimensional objects such as animals, flowers, paper airplanes, objects, and geometric bodies through artistic folding.
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Oware Club

English
Who knows Oware or Ludo? We learn strategic board games that originate from or are played in Africa. The aim is to develop multicultural understanding among the club participants and to promote skills such as problem solving, decision making and logical thinking.
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Platanus Podcast

English/Spanish/German
Through Platanus podcast episodes on changing interesting topics, we train journalistic creativity as well as writing and communication skills in three languages. Thanks to this cool medium we can also deepen our knowledge of digital devices and their applications.
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Platanus Post

English/German
This group is suitable for students who like to write and pose clever questions. Our school newspaper thrives on exciting ideas for articles, puzzles, and interviews. With journalistic zeal and interests in a variety of issues, the participants learn to write exciting stories.
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Robotics

English
Who does not want to learn how to design and control a robot? With LEGO® BOOST we learn to build multifunctional models with motors and sensors using step-by-step building instructions and to bring them to life with simple, age-appropriate programming commands.
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Rock Band

English
We form our own bands and sing or play covers and our own songs. The focus is on writing songs and making music together as a group, but of course, we also offer individual support to both beginners and advanced users when it comes to playing all the instruments.
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Chess Club

Englisch
Chess has acquired a deep cultural significance, as the royal game is considered one of the most complex board games ever. By activating both hemispheres of the brain, playing the game trains the brain's performance and promotes logical-strategic and creative thinking to a high degree.
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Science Club

English
Girls and boys alike explore the secrets of nature and do experiments in school and in our surroundings. In a playful and experimental way, we make the important and future-oriented disciplines of the sciences exciting for our students.
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Science-Fiction Storytelling

English
Once a week, we will craft stories with exciting sciences-fiction themes. From outer space to inner space, kids will learn about things like aliens, robots, and microbes through storytelling and crafts. No batteries included or needed, just imagination and fantasy!
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School Events

German
The participants in the school events group support the planning, organisation and implementation of events and celebrations in the school. This group especially looks for great ideas, good organisational skills and, above all else, a desire to take on responsibility.
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Swimming

German
Being able to swim safely, not only offers protection in and on the water, but also gives children a sense of security, independence and autonomy. The »Water Rats« association (Wasserratten e. V.) provides swimming lessons to beginners and advanced swimmers alike.
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Spanish

Spanish
In the Spanish group, we have fun getting to know Spanish songs and words. We look at the countries where Spanish is spoken and learn a lot about the people, their lifestyle, culture and traditions. We even try out the odd recipe or two.
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Tastes from around the world

English
In our international cooking course, we get acquainted with a new culinary highlight and cook seasonal dishes. The children learn to focus on their senses, to follow recipes and to realise just how connecting and important cooking and eating together is.
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Technology Club

German
How do you program and what are sensors actually? That and much more we learn in this club! We program microchips, get to know the world of control technology, let LEDs shine, use sensors, dive deeply into technical knowhow and train our logical thinking.
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Table Tennis

German
Forrest Gump had the right idea: »Never let the ball out of your sight!« A ball, two paddles, a table and a net. We never let the ball out of our sight and have a lot of fun, and movement, during the almost meditative focussing, coaching and fast games.
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Wood Workshop

German
The children learn how to handle a variety of tools and they craft, build or process wood to produce useful and beautiful every day and decorative items. They learn the value of every discarded piece of wood that they can still use to conjure up something wonderful.
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Yoga

German
Physical relaxation and stretching exercises, and spiritual meditations help the children to successfully process sensory overloading and the general hustle and bustle from the outside, to orientate themselves inwardly and to bring their bodies into balance.

We offer our secondary school students in Years 7 to 10 special clubs according to their interests and with more demanding tasks, as well as consultations with the subject teachers, support with homework, more personal responsibility in the regular class council and in the school committees, and challenging projects.

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 four afternoons per week and on two afternoons, the students have the opportunity to finish their homework in the homework hoom.

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 Class Erzieher*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 and fruits and vegetables 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 are able to choose from a wide and varied range of clubs. There are currently 35 different offers in the areas of sports, crafts, music, art, media/computers, maths, natural sciences and technology. In cooperation with the Head of School – Year 1–10 (Ganztag) and our club coordinator, our colleagues design the voluntary in-school afternoon clubs according to their own strengths, interests, inclinations and the children’s ideas. We then develop and supplement these on an ongoing basis. Because of our linguistic immersion concept, the clubs are carried out in German or English, and sometimes jointly by two group leaders in both languages. The children get the opportunity to improve their language skills in a relaxed and natural atmosphere and in a smaller circle of people. Furthermore, we also work with external experts and partners in the form of collaborations, with an objective of widening the diversity of our offer. Subject to an additional fee, the Schneegans Music School also provides us with in-house piano, violin and guitar lessons in the form of individual lessons. After a trial period of around three weeks at the beginning of the year, the students attend the selected club for at least one school year. We determine in advance the ideal number of children for taking part in any one club. So, for example, we offer places in the Science Club to just a few participants, in order to create the best possible conditions for every child in terms of getting to performing experiments, while the Choir Club thrives on having a large number of pupils singing together. If a group has more applicants than places, then all students register and an anonymous selection is made to complete the club list. Each club focusses on its own key areas of competence. However, it is not only these, but also a variety of other skills that are developed and linked together.

If you have any questions about our clubs, please do not hesitate to get in touch via nt@cyngnahf-fpuhyr.qr. We would be happy to advise you in the selection of the most suitable group for your child.

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. In addition, the school is always closed 3 days after the winter holidays during our team days.

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.

For every student from Year 3 onwards, a locker must be rented free of charge. Here the children can include textbooks, exercise books, sports bags, bicycle helmets and other personal items. Children in grades 1 and 2 have also the option of renting a locker.

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 class Erzieher*innen (from grade 7 only bi-weekly with the class teacher) with their class, to discuss current topics that preoccupy the students or colleagues.