School offer

Encouraging and challenging in primary school

The principles, goals and measures of support at the DBSAA are set out in our detailed support concept, which covers all levels from kindergarten to secondary school.

The basic aim of the primary school is to teach cultural techniques and develop learning skills. The reliable half-day school day with a total of 30 hours of lessons per week already in the first grade, offers good conditions for a goal-oriented, systematic and child-oriented design of the school day as a basis and prerequisite for the promotion of the child’s overall personality. The very heterogeneous learning requirements with regard to the German language are met with additional German lessons in the extended timetable and targeted support in the area of German as a foreign language in tandem lessons and also afternoon lessons. Afternoon care provides German homework help and also a German language environment.

One of the main focuses is the first lessons in reading and writing. Through a variety of sensory experiences and methods, the children are guided and accompanied on their way to the German written language.

Systematic observation of the students, regular checks on their learning goals and standardised diagnostic procedures allow learning weaknesses and strengths to be recognised early on. Support plans and measures in consultation with the parents and guardians enable each child to achieve his or her individual learning success.

Lesson shedule

 Subject Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4
 German 9 7 7 6
 DaF (4) 2 2 2
 Math 6 6 6 6
 English 2 2 2 2
 Physical education 3 3 3 3
 Art 3 3 3 3
 Music 2 2 2 2
 Religion 1 1 1 1
 Sports 2 2 2 2
 Swimming 2 2 2 2
 Informatics       2

The Amharic lessons for the 3rd and 4th grade take place in the afternoon, after the lunch break, until 3:30 p.m. o’clock


Schedule of lessons

1. period07.40 - 08.25 a.m.
2. period8.30 – 9.15 a.m.
Long break (20min) 9.15 - 9.35 a.m.
3. period9.35 – 10.20 a.m.
4. period10.25 – 11.10 a.m.
Break (15min) 11.10 - 11.25 a.m.
5. period11.25 a.m. – 12.10 p.m.
6. period12.15 – 1.00 p.m.
Lunch break1.10 – 1.55 p.m.
7. period1.55 – 2.40 p.m.
8. period2.45 – 3.30 p.m.

Lunch break as before for students with afternoon classes in the 6th or 7th hour

Double lesson blocks are possible 1st/2nd or 2nd/3rd hour, as well as 4th/5th or 5th/6th hour.

Afternoon lessons: usually as double lesson blocks

Bell intervals : start of lessons, start and end of the big break, end of the lunch break

The ringing at the beginning of the lessons and the end of the breaks is done by “pre-ringing” for 2 minutes.

Learning to swim in Ethiopia? Of course.

In the DBSAA all primary school children learn to swim. As soon as the rainy season is over, usually after the autumn holidays, they start. The school’s own bus is available for the trip to the swimming pool. The spacious, heated pool in the Hilton Hotel offers ideal conditions for lessons, as it is divided into a non-swimmer and a swimmer area. Of course, it is no small thing for the children of the first class to jump into the water every week. Learning to swim is not so easy. But our experienced sports instructors are all well trained and know which methods to use to take away children’s fear of water at first. Bit by bit, the children gain the confidence they need for the first swimming movements. Once they have managed to stay afloat on their own, the joy knows no bounds. All primary school children of the DBSAA finish swimming lessons at least with the seahorse examination. Most also achieve their bronze swimming badge, some even “silver” and the very best “gold”.

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