Open Book

The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. with an open study hour.

At the Erasmus Gymnasium, we encourage and promote independent, cooperative, social and media-based learning with an "open study hour". With the assistance of our teaching faculty, pupils develop individualised lesson plans with agreed-upon learning targets for the subjects German, mathematics, English and Spanish. This enables them to take more ownership of their own independent learning experience. We manage the learning environment locally at the school, as well as online with a wide variety of digital programs and aids. This creates a large number of possibilities for pupil-teacher, pupil-pupil and teacher-teacher communication.

Beginning at 10:15 a.m., we offer "input sessions", which are subject- or topic-specific lesson units that promote a targeted exchange of knowledge. Special emphasis is placed on the subjects biology, physics, and chemistry. In our natural sciences lessons, we encourage our pupils to use their analytical skills and subject-area knowledge. Experiments targeting specific subject areas give pupils an opportunity to conduct independent research and find answers to address complex scientific issues thanks to this methodology.

Two afternoons per week, pupils at the Erasmus Gymnasium work on thematically structured, interdisciplinary coursework. Other input sessions are held on the other afternoons. Three days of the week, lessons are held until 4:05 p.m.; on Wednesdays and Fridays, lessons end at 3:15 p.m. Pupils of the Erasmus Frankfurter Stadtschule also enjoy a variety of extracurricular activities, language workshops and supervised, open study sessions.

What about school holidays? The Erasmus Gymnasium is closed for a maximum of 22 school days.

For the remainder of school holidays, pupils can take advantage of our holiday programme, which includes theatre, circus and music projects, field trips, language and sport camps, trips abroad, extended internships outside the school and much, much more. We guarantee – they won't have time to be bored.

Sample class schedule for 5th-years

 MondayThuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
08:00 - 08:45 Class teacher hour Maths German Spanish English
08:45 - 09:30 Biology
09:30 - 10:00 Breakfast & Break
10:00 - 10:45 Biology Spanish Geography German Maths
10:45 - 11:30 Interdisciplinary
coursework
11:30 - 11:45 Break
11:45 - 12:30 English Art Open study Interdisciplinary
coursework
Interdisciplinary
Coursework
12:30 - 13:15 Geography Lunch
13:15 - 14:15 Lunch & Break Sport
14:15 - 15:00 German Ethics Open study Music
15:00 - 15:45 Extracurricular activities /
study sessions
     

 

 

Presentations and letters

In German lessons, our fifth graders have presented their favorite books. With the help of posters, where students also showed their artistic skills, our students did presentations about their personal heroes from books such as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Because these presentations are an important part of our curriculum of our tri-lingual high school, similar presentations in English and Spanish will soon follow. Our class participated in the Great Mail Race. They learned how to write a friendly letter. They wrote a letter to the 5th grade of a school they chose from anywhere in the world. Then they addressed an envelope, mailed the letter, and hoped for an answer. Here is the answer one of our students received from Ecuador!

Religion and ethics

Religion and ethics teachers currently teach together across the curriculum. Many topics, such as environmental protection/preservation of creation, freedom, flight and expulsion, are common to both subjects; common lessons offer the chance to access the topic from different perspectives.

In the first half of the year, we have been dealing with different creation myths and "Integrity of creation". We asked ourselves what we can do for the preservation of creation. The area of waste separation played a role. To learn exactly what happens with the organic waste caused by us, we visited an organic waste treatment plant in Frankfurt together with the biology teacher. The students learned very clearly how important and useful is the separation and recycling of waste.

 

Filmworkshop

The 5th grade participated in a workshop during school cinema week.

Marie Wolters of the German Film Institute inspired the class with diverse examples from the world of film. Many famous figures visited the classroom, such as Charlie Chaplin, Sissi, and Captain Blaubär. The different functions of music and sounds were examined in the film. What kind of music fits what scene? Why can’t the original sound be used? What sounds can you create with a dishcloth? What instruments can emphasize the mood in the film? Now, not only the eye, but especially the ears are sensitized for our next trip to the cinema.

 

Science– Biology

In Biology, natural phenomena and issues relating to the living beings on this earth are the focus. Currently, we deal with people: Why can a person move? What is a skeleton? How stable are plate bones and other bones? What is a bone from the inside? What happens in joints? All these are questions which we currently study. Here are a few impressions:

bilingual sports education

Parkour: Box, mats and bars - exercise reinterpreted.
The trend sport "Parkour" has been part of our physical education for several weeks now. The aim is to get from point A to point to B as quickly as possible. All obstacles such as bars, large boxes, benches, and mats must be overcome quickly and efficiently. German as well as Spanish are spoken in this class. The sports and Spanish teachers teach the lessons together. The immersion method uses "one person – one language". So the introduction of content is in German, and the repetition of well-known content is in Spanish. Here are a few impressions: