Our school operates bilingually and
internationally, and promotes individuality.
It is home to around 20 nationalities.
ibms PRIMARY SCHOOL
Two stages instead of four grades
Why the mix of ages?Instead of being divided into four grades, the ibms is divided into a reception stage (ages 5 – 7) and a primary stage (ages 7 – 10). Why? According to the Montessori principle, mixed-age groups learn very efficiently in all spheres of life. This includes classic learning materials based on the curriculum, but also the development of independence and self-confidence, social interactions, and responsibility for one and the environment.
At our school we are committed to working consistently in a bilingual setting. Children learn both languages – German and English – by the tried-and-tested immersion method, sometimes likened to a “language bath”. Both languages are given equal status and offered at the same time. In school time this means:
- School subjects are taught and consolidated in both languages, and can be assessed in both languages too.
- Learning opportunities – whether individual, in small groups (“lessons”) or in class (class discussion) – can take place in either of the two languages.
The extent to which this knowledge is anchored in the second language can be ascertained by asking questions on the content, in the language in question, shortly after learning, or by tests or other methods.