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Curriculum


Berlin Bilingual Secondary School is a state-recognised integrated secondary school. In Grades 7 – 10 students follow the Berliner Rahmenlehrplan in all of their subjects, except in those subjects that are taught in English. These subjects are taught so that they cover the required content and competencies of the Berliner Rahmenlehrplan within a framework that also meets the standards of the UK National Curriculum for England and Wales. This enables students to gain qualifications in both languages at the end of Grade 10. 

 

 

Number of lessons* per week

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

German**

4

4

4

4

English 

4

4

4

4

Mathematics

4

4

4

4

Mathematics for IGCSE

-

-

-

2

Science** (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)

3

3

5

5

History

1

1

1

1

Geography

1

1

1

1

Ethics

2

2

2

2

Art**

2

2

2

2

Music

2

2

2

2

Sport**

3

3

3

3

Personal** Development

1

1

1

1

Spanish or French 

3

3

3

3

Workshop courses (Ganztagsangebot)

8

8

6

4

TOTAL 

38

38

38

38

* a lesson denotes a 45-minute period

** subjects with specific content integrated from the Wirtschaft-Arbeit-Technik curriculum 

At present, the following subjects are taught in English: English, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Mathematics (Grades 7 – 9), Music, Art, Sport and Personal Development.

All other subjects (German, History, Geography, Ethics, Mathematics Grade 10) are taught in German. 

Student progress against the standards specified in the Berliner Rahmenlehrplan is externally assessed in Grade 8 through completion of the VERA 8 tests (Vergleichsarbeiten) in English, Mathematics and German.

Students in Grades 9 and 10 are prepared for the mittlere Schulabschluss (MSA) (assessed in Grade 10) and the Edexcel (International) General Certificate of Secondary Education (I/GCSE) in English Language & Literature, Science & Additional Science, Art (by consultation) and Mathematics (pilot 2016).

Expressive Arts

MUSIC
Music is a fundamental form of expression. Students in our Secondary School expand their knowledge and deeper understanding of music by drawing on cultural practices, theories, structures and personal experiences. They also develop literacies in music as they listen and respond, sing, play instruments, create and improvise. Their appreciation of music grows as they analyse it while reading notation and recording.  The skills that students gain in our music classes have far-reaching benefits, as they reinforce teamwork, communication skills, confidence, self-discipline and creativity.

ART
Art is a means of communication that enables students to better understand themselves, the world, and others. At our school, students explore their own viewpoints by examining those of others. They then expand their means of expression through greater visual awareness and skills using a wide range of materials. The aim is for students to develop artistic ability and aesthetic understanding. With this aim in mind, themed project work is used to build and assess the required core skills.

SPORTS
Sport at Berlin Bilingual Secondary School is all about one thing - improvement. 

By participating in a wide range of activities throughout the year, students recognise their strengths and weaknesses, work together and challenge each other in positive ways. Each student understands that, regardless of his or her initial ability, everyone shares the same goal: to improve. This may be in terms of Skills & Techniques, Fitness, Tactics, Teamwork, Composition, Knowledge or Understanding. 

Languages

ENGLISH
In developing our approach to teaching English, our ethos is to inspire students to enjoy and excel in both English Language and English Literature, so that they can experience and appreciate the subject far beyond the levels and grades at school. We bring all teaching material to life in relevant and accessible contexts to inspire students to make the most of their learning.

GERMAN
German class emphasises text comprehension, text preparation and communication. Literary works are examined in the same manner as journalism and non-fiction texts. Students learn to apply critical evaluation and present their views in a structured manner orally and in writing. This is one reason why we consider interdisciplinary creative work just as important as spelling and grammar training.

SPANISH
Spanish is the world’s third most-spoken language after Mandarin and English. It also provides a key to understanding the other romance languages. Knowledge of a second foreign language will also improve the academic, social and professional success of the student.

We help our students understand the importance of learning foreign languages. We believe that students should take an active role in the learning process, and that is why Spanish lessons are very collaborative and dynamic. Students are involved in a variety of interesting projects, such as the “reading club” to practice their reading skills, the “penfriend club” to improve their writing and to expand their knowledge of other cultures, and the “theatre club” to exercise their speaking skills. 

FRENCH
French is a language that enchants many people merely through its sound. Learning this language trains diverse intellectual capabilities, and opens the door to a new and rich culture. French is spoken in many other European and non-European countries, such as Francophone Africa, some Caribbean countries, and many international organisations. For students, this also offers good preparation for living and working in a united Europe and in a globalised world. As a Romance language, French is also a good foundation for learning other Romance languages, such as Spanish, Portuguese or Italian.

Science & Maths

SCIENCE
In Grades 7 and 8, Science is taught by linking the contnent to our everyday experiences in the world around us. Learning science also allows for the development of skills such as questioning, problem solving, experimentation, systematic observation, analysis, interpretation, drawing conclusions and the application of knowledge and evidence. At GCSE level (Grades 9 and 10), Biology, Chemistry and Physics units are given equal coverage, but our unique program ensures that our students are able to discover links between topics and experience the sciences as they really are - intricately interconnected.

MATHEMATICS
Our daily life would be inconceivable without mathematical enquiry. The methods and concepts that we use in mathematics can be applied to a broad range problems and issues in our society. Accordingly, general mathematics education should communicate three essential aspects of mathematics, as outlined in the Framework Education Plan for Berlin 2006/2007: 

  • Mathematics is a science that is applicable in many areas. Mathematical structures can be used to measure and solve problems in both science and technology, but also those in everyday life. 
  • Mathematics is an abstract structural science that uses arguments founded upon deduction. Mathematics creates and concerns itself with objects and ideas of its own kind and develops methods to deal with these. 
  • Mathematics promotes an area of human thought in which the creativity and problem-solving abilities of the individual unfold, whether in everyday life or in science 

Social Sciences

GEOGRAPHY
Is it possible to imagine the world without thinking about the people, plants and animals that live in it? On the other hand, the many different physical conditions that exist on this planet have a huge impact on how these inhabitants live each day.  In Geography lessons, students develop skills and strategies for finding, collecting and interpreting geographical data, from research materials such as  maps, atlases, or field studies. They study specific locations that give them a broad overview of the physical and socio-economic conditions around the world, making connections between the two, and drawing conclusions that usually lead to new questions. Geography is limitless and ever-changing subject.

ETHICS
Is it possible to act morally and ethically in a society influenced by so many different factors? What are morals and ethics anyway? In this subject, we grapple with these essential questions in different ways. We discuss multi-faceted topics, such as world religions, the self as an individual, and consumption and media. One of the main goals of ethics is to encourage students to understand and participate in society.

HISTORY
The study of history offers completely new interpretative approaches to different time periods, and from different perspectives. Learning from the past for the present and future – this is the primary goal of this subject. We bring historical contexts to life by using different methodological approaches and sources. Students learn what factors shaped historical events, as well as the long-term impact of those factors and events on life today.

ECONOMICS, WORK AND TECHNOLOGY (EWT)
The increasing globalisation of markets means that economics penetrates into all areas of life. EWT ensures that students are well-equiped to meet present and future challenges in their professional and private lives. It focuses on developing integrated skills and knowledge in the three domains of economics, work and technology, as well as the strong interrelationships that exist between the three domains. EWT also serves as a leading subject for dual learning, practice-based learning, and activities that orient students toward work and study.