Give me five! 5 reasons that make us stand out of the German school system.
|Music & Creativity||Physical education every day||Full-time concept||Individual tuition|
|Bilingual education, lessons taught in German & English|
|Music & Creativity|
|Physical education every day|
1 Bilingual education, lessons taught in German & English
English is the most important common language worldwide and it is vital for the communication with people from other countries. Due to the continuing merge of Europe, more and more professions rely on a sound grasp of foreign languages, and traditional teaching of those languages is only of limited use at this point. Immersion is by far the most successful method for foreign language learning, as science has proven. Children hear and use the English language every day, even without formally learning the vocabulary or grammar. Speaking English is not mandatory for the children in the beginning; they learn the foreign language from listening alone. At first, the intention of the statements becomes clearer to them, then they begin to actually understand what is being said and in the end, they start speaking English. To ensure that all children understand the learning content, regardless of their initial knowledge of the English language, the teacher has to create a very vivid way of instruction. To achieve this, visual media like images, symbols, sock puppets, etc. are used. Clear subjects with little abstract content that use different images and other visual media are best suited for bilingual education. Sternenschule Duisburg has therefore decided to offer a selection of subjects in both the English and the German language (see the exemplary timetable under “School”).
Our teaching staff is fluent in both English and German. Depending on the content of a given lesson, the language used by the teacher varies. Our students are encouraged to communicate and answer in their preferred language. Every one of them learns the foreign language in their own pace and uses it in to their chosen extent. Hence, immersion is a teaching method that neither overexerts, nor demands too little from each individual student.
You would like to receive more information on our bilingual lessons, or on immersion as a teaching method? Feel free to visit us at Sternenschule Düsseldorf, or get in touch to make an appointment with a member of our teaching staff.
More information on the subject can be found at Verein FMKS.
2 Music & Creativity
Creativity in thoughts, ideas, musical and artistic ways of expression are what make our life colourful and diverse. Sternenschule Duisburg presents every child with the opportunity to get to know, nurture and practise the individual methods of creative expression of their own choice and liking. The empowering experience of creating art or music with their own hands is only the beginning: we encourage the children’s imagination, endurance, creative problem-solving skills and out-of-the-box thinking. All of these are valuable assets in many life areas, as well as in many professional careers in their future.
3 Physical education every day
Education needs exercise, and frolicking around makes you smart! Children have always known that, and have longed for time and room for play and exercise at school. A comprehensive scientific study on accordance of motoric and intellectual development in primary education showed that our students are quite right: only an education based on sufficient exercise leads to consistent development of physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills. Therefore, Sternenschule Duisburg has implemented daily physical activities into our curriculum and as a part of our rhythmised daily routine.
4 Full-time concept
Being a full-time school is a matter of course for family-friendly Sternenschule Duisburg. Our school is open every day from 7:45h-16.50h, and our students experience the whole day together: during their lessons, their meals and during the afternoon programme. Children, parents and teachers therefore do not just regard Sternenschule Duisburg as an educational space, but as a living environment. Our students learn to live within a community, to share, to stand up for themselves and to prove themselves. Our teachers and qualified instructors create a varied programme for the afternoons and also the holidays. Sternenschule Duisburg provides sufficient room and high-quality equipment, as well as collaborations with sports facilities. You can find out more about our full-time concept here.
5 Individual tuition
Every child is an individual. Due to the stable, positive environment, our teachers are able to observe their students closely and to assist them in an optimal manner. Children possess a natural longing for accomplishment and are in fact quite keen on testing their own boundaries. In accordance to our motto, “Supporting and challenging”, every single child at Sternenschule Duisburg will meet new challenges time and again, tailored to their individual prowess. Every study group will be supported by teaching staff, so that an individual tuition of every child is secured. Due to the limited size of study groups of 20 children maximum, the teacher-student ratio is one of 1:10! Our students benefit from the time they gain from our full-time programme and we as teachers are able to work with individual students in a much more intense and targeted way. Our concept does not end at the classroom door – the teaching staff at Sternenschule Duisburg accompanies the children along with the other educational professionals throughout the whole school day. This way, it is much easier for the students to learn to trust in their own abilities and to respect the strengths and weaknesses in others.
Every child can reach for the stars.