International Primary Curriculum (Grades 1 to 5, ages 6 – 11)

04-23-2010-iStock_000010447318Small1At  German International School, we focus on the development of logical and lateral thinking, on the student’s ability to analyze, discuss ideas and produce creative solutions to problems.

We are proud to prepare our students to adapt to a dynamic environment in constant evolution using supporting technologies and dynamic subject material.

We provide international high standard curricula from the UK. International Primary and Lower Secondary Curriculum for grades 2 to 8, followed by International GCSE for grades 9 and 10 and International Advanced Levels (IAL) for grades 11 and 12 from Edexcel.

German International School facilitates the development of self-confidence and self-expression through its innovative approach to teaching, small class sizes, and differentiated learning.

That’s why we offer the best possible foundation for a world-class education: Designed specifically for international schools, the Edexcel International Primary Curriculum caters for pupils in Grade 2 to 5 (ages 7-11) and is available for English, Maths, and Science.

Based on the UK National Curriculum Key Stages 1 and 2, it gives pupils a well-rounded education while giving teachers an easy-to-implement framework and an easy way to monitor pupil progress.

Why do we offer this curriculum?

  • It gives pupils a solid foundation for lifelong learning, with a structured curriculum that provides excellent preparation for eventual further study at International GCSE and Advanced Levels.
  • It provides an international benchmark of achievement, with externally marked achievement tests and certification at the end of Year 6 to ease the transition to secondary education
  • It is engaging and up to date, with ideas for lessons and a framework that allows you to embed knowledge creatively
  • It allows us to track pupils’ progress and identify barriers to learning through a variety of age-specific progress and achievement tests
  • It gives pupils a seamless and cohesive teaching and learning experience,especially when used alongside other edexcel qualifications for ages 8-19.

How is it delivered?

Available in English, maths and science, the Edexcel International Primary Curriculum has been designed with the school and pupil in mind. It features a comprehensive teacher programme package with an array of support materials to help teachers implement the curriculum, plus progress and achievement tests that allow the school to benchmark pupils against international averages.

Progress and Achievement Tests

To help the school track pupils’ progress and gain internationally recognised certification of their achievement, the Edexcel International Primary Curriculum features: Progress Tests allows you to test pupils’ knowledge and monitor their progress throughout the curriculum.

Achievement Tests:

Designed to be taken at the end of Year 5, the International Primary Curriculum Achievement Tests provide pupils with a tangible record of achievement to use when progressing to 11-14 studies, and then on to International GCSE or equivalent. Externally marked by us at Edexcel, these tests comply with rigorous global standards and provide certification at the end of Year 6 (Class 5)

Differentiated Learning: German International School students follows a differentiated learning programme tailored to each learner’s needs. Teachers follow each student’s progress and engage them with content designed to support and accelerate their learning.  Small class sizes and innovative teaching methods support differentiated learning processes. Each student is encouraged to be original, creative and independent in their learning. Students present work frequently and learn a certain organisation and self confidence that gives German International School students the edge later on in life.

Besides, German language classes are offered on the level of the highest curriculum standard in Germany – the Thuringian curriculum. For detailed information please refer to the German website Thillm (Thuringian Institute for teachers vocational training, curriculum development and educational media in Bad Berka)

Please find an overview of the German marking system in the following PDF-file: Marking system