Grade Three Update

Thursday, 24th September 2015


The term has had a busy start in grade three, with classes quickly settling into the routine of day-to-day school while still finding time for events such as a year-level trip to the park and International Peace Day celebrations. Additionally, students this week sat the ISA test, a standardised test issued by the Australian Council for Educational Research - international schools around the world sit the test at this time, and it aims to give us a good idea of how BMS stacks up with the community of international schools worldwide.

Below you will find information about what has been going on in the grade three classrooms throughout the last few weeks. We are always happy to hear from you, and our contact details can be found at the bottom of the page - so please get in touch with any questions or concerns.


The Grade Three Team

From the CCEP

We would like to take the opportunity to give you some feedback about the beginning of this school year.

The first contact within the educators team and class has been successful. The children are getting used to their daily routines and the new CCEP structure. New students are becoming acquainted with the school and have made some new friends. The new after school room situation provides a clearly arranged, safe environment for students and the transition to the new afternoon structure has been well received by our students and parents! The students enjoy their new surrounding and can make self-determined choices between several offers in the rooms and playground in the afternoon.

We are looking forward to a good start with the Club Program, which is starting next week and will continue to do our best to maintain a pleasant afternoon program for your child!

With warm regards,

Your 3rd grade CCEP Team.

3a: Elif Sievers

This is my first year at BMS, and I am excited to be a part of the CCEP team.

In 2010, I finally decided to do an apprenticeship as an Erzieherin, while studying psychology and chemistry at university. I have experience working in intercultural education settings and especially enjoy the dynamic of working with students from different cultural backgrounds. I myself, went to high school in Italy. While I lived in England, I worked as an intern at a school and later went on to work extensively with bilingual children (English/Spanish and English/German) for a few years.

I am the in-class assistant for 3a and part of the afterschool care program at BMS. You can find me either in the CCEP area or outside on the playground!

3b: Tanja Linke

I am originally from Berlin and became a State Approved Educator in June 2013.

3c: Holger Lenz

I have been working at BMS since August 2008.

I received my degree as Certified Social Education Worker/ Certified Social Worker at the Evangelische Hochschule Berlin (EHB) and I have a degree in Mediation as Conflict Mediator.

Before working at BMS, I worked in BJW “Betreutes Junges Wohnen” with young adults and teenagers. I have also worked at different schools as CCEP Teacher. I am a German native speaker and also speak English.

3d: Mirko Haban

After finishing an apprenticeship as a carpenter, I completed civilian service in which I cared for a physically handicapped person. During that time, I decided to study Curative Education and Social Therapy (Heilerziehungspflege). After I completed this degree, I worked for several years with physically and mentally handicapped people.

In 2007, I hit the road and started travelling for almost two years. Due to the fact that I travelled and worked in predominantly English-speaking countries, I improved my English abilities to near native level proficiency. Furthermore, this time abroad gave me the chance to encounter different cultures and gain practical experience in various fields.

I came back to Berlin in 2009 and started working in an inclusive After School Program until the summer of 2014.

Our Unit: How the World Works

We are well underway with looking at the role that major geological events play in the natural world. Students have learnt about the physical composition of planet Earth, its structure, history, and chemical makeup, in addition to the way our understanding of concepts such as plate tectonics has changed over the years.

In the coming weeks, will begin to examine examples of natural disasters in greater detail, investigating case studies of major disasters with a particular focus on the human responses to these disasters. This unit is a combination of looking at natural sciences and our relationship as humans with our planet, and learning about natural disasters is an excellent way to examine the links between our planet and our species.


In literacy, students have undergone reading and writing assessments to structure and guide appropriate differentiation throughout the year. With the assistance of our Learning Support and EAL team, students will work alongside peers at a similar level as we investigate descriptive writing and the elements of factual reports. Writing a newspaper report will tie into our unit studies, and in the coming weeks students will become experts on the composition and construction of newspaper writing.


In mathematics, after a similar initial assessment process, students are now learning about place value. This crucially important foundational skill will be important for students to have a concrete understanding of before we move onto three-digit addition and subtraction. Students have learnt different notation methods and the equivalency of different units - for example, 10 tens is equal to 1 hundred - and continue to investigate the ways in which numbers can be expressed with digits, words, and objects.


After a few warming-up activities at the beginning of the new school year, we started our first Unit of Inquiry about literature and authors. We talked about different genres, visited the school library for some research and explored features of a good poster as preparation for the upcoming book presentations. Going further, we will be re-introducing Antolin to students, start with our first presentations and look into the biographies of different authors.

Our language focus in this unit is on writing (form) and spelling, especially difficult parts of our unit words.


German homework will be given every Wednesday/Monday and should be returned by the following Wednesday/Monday. Please note that your child has been given a homework folder, in which the homework assignments should be neatly filed and brought back to school for the homework to be either collected or read/compared in class. Please make sure your child approaches the weekly homework assignments responsibly.

Thank you for your support.

Frau Gerth, Frau Vranjkovic, Frau Pointner

BMS Grade Three Team

Class Teachers

3a: Lauren Finno -

3b: Riley Knight -

3c: David Pitts -

3d: Katarina Petrikova -

German Team

3a: Gabi Pointner -

3b, 3d: Sarah Gerth -

3c: Ivana Vranjkovic -


EAL: Ruby Eadon -

Learning Support: Laura Harrington -

Art: Natalie Fellhauer -

Movement: Katie Regan -

Drama: Karen El Falaki -

Library: Rana Douglas -

Swimming: Rama Hübner -