Primary School

The Primary School is located at the Swire European Primary Campus on FuGuo Road. Students from all three sections share the modern buildings with many specialised classrooms, a large library, cafeteria, schoolyard, playgrounds and sports grounds.

The German Kindergarten is situated next to the Primary School on the Swire European Primary Campus. Being on the same campus allows our students to experience a smooth transition from Kindergarten to Primary School. In Primary School the students are instructed in four forms (“Klassen”).


The Primary School operates according to the framework curriculum for German Overseas Schools in the regions of East Asia, South Asia and Australia. This is based on the curriculum of the Federal State of Thuringia (Thüringen) and has been approved by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the German Länder.

This ensures that children can change to other Primary or Secondary Schools either within the region or in Germany, Austria or Switzerland without facing any particular problems.

Form levels (“Klassen”)

Flex 0

Children who have reached the age of five attend the Flexible School Entrance Stage “Flex 0” of the Primary School. During the first year of the Flexible School Entrance Stage, “Flex 0”, the children pass through a nursery school programme that consists of one daily lesson. Additionally, the children meet students from the first school year during one common lesson every week. Here the children receive the best possible preschool support in a combination with playful activities. Through regular participation in the Klasse 1 lessons, they also become familiar with the routines, rules and rituals of the Primary School. This ensures that the children experience a smooth transition when they move on to Primary School later on.

Klasse 1 and Klasse 2

Instruction in the school entry phase is carried out in classes that separate students by age. In general, the school entry phase will be two years. Depending on individual development, however, the duration may be one to three years.

All students are supported and challenged through individualized tasks. Special talents or needs are determined through select diagnostic tests and accommodated for in class. Classes are always adjusted to the children's needs, their learning pace and their individual capabilities.

Klasse 3 and Klasse 4

Building on the competences already acquired during the school entry phase, students in the third and fourth school year are individually supported and challenged through individualized instruction and project-based learning. We put a special emphasis on fostering self-efficacy, independence, self-responsibility, and creativity.

Language Instruction

Our Primary School students learn German at native-speaker level and English as a second language at a very advanced level, which is considerably higher than that of comparable groups in Germany. Moreover, they also learn Chinese, grouped according to the children’s individual language background.

  • German
    The medium of instruction is German.
  • English
    English is taught as the first foreign language  in two to three level groups beginning in Klasse 1.
  • Chinese/Mandarin
    Chinese/Mandarin is taught beginning in Flex 0 in cooperation with the British and the French Section.

Compulsory Elective Subjects

In the curriculum of the Primary School, students and parents can register for two compulsory elective subjects during the school week. These elective subjects foster the children’s individual inclinations and interests in small learning groups.

Here you will find the current choice of elective subjects:

Current WP Course List

Primary School Timetable

The timetable of the Primary School provides an overall view of the distribution of compulsory lessons during the week for each Klasse.

Lessons per Week and Subject (à 60 Minutes) Klasse 1 Klasse 2 Klasse 3/4
German 7 6 6
Mathematics 5 5 4.5
English 2.5 2.5 3
Chinese 2.5 3.5 3.5
General Knowledge 2 2 2
Art 1.5 1.5 1.5
Arts and Crafts 1 1 1
Music 1 1 1
Physical Education (P.E.) 2 2 2
Ethics 1 1 1
Elective Subject 2 2 2
Compulsory Lessons per Week 27.5 27.5 27.5

All-day School

The Primary School is an all-day school with regular school hours: compulsory lessons are Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Extracurricular Activities (ECA)

During the lunch break and after school the students enjoy the opportunity of being able to participate in numerous activities offered to all school sections.

Activities currently offered include various kinds of martial arts, ball games, different types of dancing, musical courses, various arts and crafts, and many more.

By participating in ECAs that are conducted in English, the students’ language skills are further enhanced in a playful manner.

As part of the ECA programme, the German primary school also offers homework tutoring conducted in German (German Homework Club).

Department Head 

If you require any further information, please contact Matthias Haße, Head of Primary School Department.

Further Information

General Information on School Start

List of Materials for the School

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