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With approximately 240 learners the Primary School is presently run with three classes per level in Grades 2, 3 and 4. This year, 2018, for the first time, there are four Grade 1 classes. The average size of our classes consists of 18 learners. Leaners from a variety of cultural backgrounds are taught in a learning environment typical of that of any primary school. We, the team of educators at the Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg, view the diversity as well as the heterogeneity of our learners both as an opportunity and a challenge.
Lessons include all the subjects taught, at German Primary schools, based on the Curriculum of 2016 of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. The learners’ heterogeneity demands individual and differentiated lessons. At the same time, special emphasis is placed on internal differentiation and strengthening of personal, social and methodical competencies. All teaching is based on this holistic approach. The subject of English is taught on home language level from the second grade.
Intercultural encounters, for example with the partner school Thabisile in Soweto, enrich school life and, through getting to know one another better, promote understanding and tolerance for, and empathy with other cultures.
Through our school’s mediator programme, learners are supported on their way to peaceful conflict resolution when needed.
The Primary School offers a comprehensive range of extracurricular activities with numerous extramurals from the musical, artistic and sporting domains. Games days, Bundesjugendspiele, swimming galas, assemblies and class outings add life and colour to day-to-day school life. The highlights of school life are the Einschulungsfeier (Welcoming Celebration) and the Bunter Abend (Variety Concert).
From the beginning of this school year, 2018, we have been implementing our new language and support framework in our Grade 1 classes.
Learners in Grade 2 who come from non- German-speaking homes will continue to be supported in the area of the German language by the programme “Neue Primarstufe” (NPS) this year.
In order to support learners in Grades 3 and 4 in their learning process, the Phoenix Learning Centre is offering differentiated support programmes. The Primary School team continuously reflects upon its work and always remains in regular interchange of ideas regarding subject and education. Here close co-operation with parents is an essential element.
All activities during the school year are supported and enriched by intensive work with parents.