“School is the reflection of a heterogeneous society. It uses the different requirements, backgrounds, attitudes and values of the students as an essential basis for the design of a democratic school culture and supports and accompanies the children and adolescents on their way to a self-determined life.
The acquisition of subject-related skills is of great importance for the general education and life of students. However, social challenges can only be tackled if students are taught to overcome subject boundaries at school. Students should therefore be aware at an early stage which major tasks our society and the global community face and learn the many different aspects which need to be taken into account when planning and developing solution strategies” (curriculum framework).
Main topics and priorities In order to make the incorporation of the main topics from the curriculum and the focus of our school programme clearer, and to create possible cross curricular cooperation in lower and upper secondary, we have categorised the main topics and our focus for the project days as summarised:
Focus according to our school programme
Main Topics from the curriculum
- Intercultural Education
- Teaching acceptance of diversity
- Foreign Languages English and Spanish
- Violence Prevention
- Health Promotion
- Consumer Education
- Global development
Why Project Days?
Experience from the private sector shows that project work often leads to better, faster, more creative results and increases employee motivation. The project days, which take place regularly at our school, are also a good opportunity to engage students through innovative methods, to teach them to be willing to act and take responsibility and to learn independently and to strengthen their teamwork and social skills and their self-competence.
The aim of the project days is to promote modern working techniques and to enable students from lower and upper secondary to practice coping with complex tasks, to act in a goal-oriented manner and work in a team and thus to prepare them for the requirements of further studies and professional life.
Thematic, cross-curricular project days are structured to incorporate main topics from the curriculum as well as our internal school focus. They are scheduled at regular intervals and do not follow the regular timetable.
Project days can include excursions, cooperation with external institutions and companies as well as practical learning in our science laboratory and in the workshops of the Berlin International University of Applied Sciences.