The Primary School begins with Kindergarten and goes up to Grade 5. Children, typically, start Kindergarten between the ages of 5 and 6 and complete their primary years between the ages of 10 and 11.
In the Primary School, each child is provided with an holistic education that focuses on the child’s individual development. Small class sizes and differentiated learning ensure that each child can work towards personalised goals. Children work individually, in pairs, in groups or as a class, accessing and demonstrating learning in ways that offer each student the most success.
Teachers at DSB follow expectations for teaching and learning from the United Kingdom and around the world, as set out in the English National Curriculum, to provide the best educational experiences for children. These include cross-curricular units, using formative assessment practices and differentiated learning. We use the curriculum to plan and develop challenging, engaging learning experiences for children, equipping them with the appropriate knowledge and skills for a successful future.
We encourage our students to strive for excellence, to be inquisitive, to support and tolerate the needs and differences of others and, above all, to gain a love for learning to instil the values and the commitment to ‘lifelong learning.’
At DSB, our teaching and learning supports our key values: We value each other, we value responsible thinking and we value every effort, and our pedagogical principles: learning is dynamic, learning is life-long and learning is meaningful. We aim to provide a rich and engaging school experience that nurtures innate curiosity and lays the foundation for a successful attitude towards learning that stays with the student for life.
Students in the Primary Section at DSB study Literacy (Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing, Phonics and Grammar), Mathematics (Number, Operations, Fractions, Measures, Geometry and Statistics), German, Science, History, Geography, Design Technology, Computing (including Robotics for Grades 2-5), Music, Religious Education, Personal Social Health and Economic Education, Art, and Physical Education. Students are also taught Digital Literacy, Digital Citizenship and Hindi.
We provide support for our many English Language Learners, as appropriate, throughout Primary.
Science, Geography, History and PSHE are often taught through topics that combine subject-specific learning outcomes into combined themes. The cross curricular nature of these themes means they can be used across a wide range of subjects and can be developed in ways that meet the needs and interests of the learners.
Our primary years programme follows the guidelines and standards of the National Curriculum of England, frame-worked within an international context. We also offer the National Curriculum of Thüringen for students coming from German-speaking countries or for students who prefer to continue their education in German.
Both our curricula aim to provide a rich blend of academic rigour as well as physical, social, artistic and cultural activities. We value and recognise that each child is a unique individual. We provide a child-centred, supportive environment that encourages students to be independent and confident learners.