Mathematics and Natural Science

Our primary goal is to inspire boys and girls alike through mathematics and science and to develop their confidence within these areas without creating aversion towards these subjects, which are traditionally seen as complex. We therefore choose the method of addressing everyday questions from the pupils and answer them in a practical, experimental manner. Our main focus is on the important future topics of nature, ecology, environmental protection, environmental technology, nutrition, economical use of energy and resources, renewable energies and sustainable management.

In special clubs, at competitions, project days, at our school events, on class trips and in our Work & Travel program, we take up mathematical-natural-scientific topics and contents – in all class levels. Our subject rooms, the workshop and many excursions outside of the school grounds offer stimulating learning environments for practical and practice-oriented learning.

Schülerinnen und Schüler beim Experimentieren

Our students learn how to use the computer in a natural way in the computer labs, the classrooms, in the library for targeted research and in the units for media competency where they learn further important foundations and skills for using both new and old media. As a prerequisite to this, our school has specialist rooms well-equipped with technology. The internet, the school network and Wi-Fi is available in each room, a projector and a PC in every classroom, a laptop for each employee, two computer labs, a library and a reliable technical support team represent the provision of information technology in the school building.

As of the 2019/20 school year, we look forward to far-reaching changes and ground-breaking modernisations to our IT infrastructure, which will also have a direct and immediate impact on the way students learn at our school. We will be adapting the school’s entire software set-up to Microsoft 365 applications. All students will be given their own Microsoft 365 account and a Platanus e-mail address for media-supported work and communication in the school and at home – both with each other and with our teaching staff. We will also be introducing class sets of mobile devices and in doing so, we will also equip the DaZ and EAL students (German and English as Additional Languages).

Our subject rooms, the workshop and many excursions outside of the school grounds offer stimulating learning environments for practical and practice-oriented learning in all grades.

Trade associations worldwide emphasize the importance of the availability of innovation-relevant workers with a STEM (Sciences/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) focus for the innovative strength of companies. By focusing on these subjects, we offer our students the appropriate education for the best opportunities on the german and international job market.

Questions and Answers about Mathematics and Science

In classes 1 to 4, IT and media education are integrated into the subject teaching also taken up in all other subjects. In classes 5 to 10, IT and media education are integrated into all subjects – depending on the topic and application. This also means that in all subjects, our students study the opportunity to use the computer, with office and educational software, e-Mail, Internet and multimedia applications to practice interesting topics.
In classes 5 and 6 there are additional one-hour IT and biweekly media lessons, in which topics include the handling and use of the media, social networks and electronic aids. In grades 5 and 6 we also offer the elective courses “Media Studies” and “Robotics”, for those students who want to engage more intensively with it.
We are leaning in the further development of our curriculum for IT and media education the objectives and standards of the European Computer Driving License (European Computer Driving License, ECDL – internationally recognized as International Computer Driving License, ICDL).
With these methods in modern teaching, we effortlessly prepare our students for an increasingly digitized working and living environment.

In the primary school, we develop the mathematical and scientific foundations in a playful manner so that our students are open to these topics right from the beginning. In science and social studies (grades 1-4), mathematics and especially on our fortnightly project days, we deal with any questions relating to everyday life that the children may have. From grade 1 onwards, we teach a higher number of lessons in Science and Social Science than in the Berlin primary schools and in team teaching with a Bezugserzieher*in.
From grade 5, the sciences are taught in German and/or English, in Team-Teaching as well as in a cross-curricular way. The aim of this, is to develop a basic understanding of the close subject link between the scientific subjects of biology, chemistry, physics and for the students to expand their scientific vocabulary in both languages as well as to promote skills through interdisciplinary thinking and learning.

In both the primary and secondary school, we teach the same amount of hours in science, or biology, chemisty and physics, as outlined in the timetable for the Gymnasium in Berlin.

In the secondary school, we teach through a mixture of specialised lessons, fortnightly project days, and our Work & Travel program. We address the students‘ real and life related mathematical and scientific questions that reach far beyond the curriculum.
In grades 7 and 8, secondary school students learn Natural Sciences with a total of 2 hours more per week than in Berlin’s high schools. In addition, from grade 7, we already teach specialized subjects and at a higher level in the sub-disciplines of biology, physics and chemistry.
We also go into cooperation and partnership with businesses and scientific institutions in Berlin (for example the Natural History Museum, the Glass Laboratory in Buch, the Pupil Uni and FU Berlin) and also with local trades, industries and factories (e.g. Buchlokal (our local book shop), „Adopt-a-Stream“ project with the Panke, BMW and Mercedes Werke Berlin). Experts from research and economics take part in our project days, which take place both inside and outside of the school.