The Junior School at the International School of Hamburg provides a complete and complementary programme starting at age three. All children attend a full day.
In the Early Childhood Centre, the three, four and five year old children are taught in separate classes called Primary 1, 2 and 3. By the age of six, students move to grade one where parallel classes take them through to grade five. In class years 1 to 5 the class size does not exceed 24 students.
The language of instruction is English and children follow an established programme of study in Mathematics, Reading and Language, Social Studies (International Primary Curriculum - IPC), Science, Art (Visual Education), Music, Physical Education, German and ICT.
- To offer a balanced curriculum in an integrated manner which reflects the holistic nature of learning.
- To provide an optimal environment for learning to take place through exploration, manipulation and experimentation in a non-threatening environment.
- To help the children develop sensitivity and respect not only for themselves and the members of the school community, but also for people of all cultures. To help the children make an easy transfer from home to school, acquiring attitudes which will help them to live harmoniously in a group.
- To encourage the children to manage themselves and their activities and to understand the need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- To encourage the children towards creativity, independence and positive self-esteem.
- To provide opportunities for furthering the social and emotional development of the children.
- To help the children acquire a command of the languages which enable children to think, talk and write; to count, make comparisons and solve problems; to investigate, hypothesize and argue.
- To provide opportunities for spontaneous and structured play.
The majority of the classroom work is organised in small groups. Children are rarely taught as a whole, homogenous class but rather in smaller groups commensurate with their levels of ability, understanding and maturity. This approach enhances the individual student’s opportunity to progress towards his/her full potential. It underpins our belief that students have individual learning styles and needs and learn best when those styles are identified and respected.
Our extensive English as an Additional Language Programme (EAL) has been developed by the specialist teachers in that department to meet the needs of the large proportion of our students for whom English is not the first language. Teaching is conducted in small groups. The teachers aim to help the children attain a level of speaking, reading and writing in English which will enable them to function effectively in the classroom situation.
Our Student Support Services Team undertakes screening and testing of children with particular learning difficulties and may then offer a programme of support. All children have a weekly library lesson, take part in a regular weekly assembly (to which parents are always welcome) and also undertake a variety of visits to places of interest in Hamburg.
“As an international school we help children to appreciate and understand other cultures through activities such as United Nations Day, Lantern Parade, Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Pancake Day and Easter.”