BIP Kreativitätsgrundschule Potsdam

Primary schools

The Concept


We nurture aptitude, intelligence and personality to survive in a rapidly changing world of the future and to actively shape this world.

In several federal German states the successful BIP creative centres are already implementing a concept developed by Prof. Dr. Gerlinde Mehlhorn and Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Mehlhorn in which the systematic inclusion of adolescents in creative processes is central and key to education. This includes the continuous, intensive, comprehensive and early support of individual pupil needs.

According to and depending on individual development needs and potential, the support we offer takes the form of five dimensions:

  • cognitive dimension
  • socio-emotional dimension
  • psycho-motoric dimension
  • artistic and aesthetic dimensions
  • linguistic-communicative dimension.

This educational support occurs in BIP centres by means of a complex programme for the development of creativity. In so doing, the ground is laid for the development and formation of three closely-related profiles of creative activity.

Creative activity:

We regard and devise creative processes as problem-solving processes. For them to successfully run their course essentially calls for motivation resulting from interest in the activity itself. Education at BIP centres is aimed at the entire personality and involves one's emotions and intellect. It demands and supports the motivation to learn, important for children and young people to recognise, confront and solve problems. At the same time they require and develop their skills at grasping and then utilising methods of understanding both specifically and relevantly. Individuality social and emotional intelligence are activated at the same time.

Commitment to performance:
Children enjoy learning how to learn

Don’t be afraid of overburdening the children! The real danger lies in making too few demands that takes away life and development opportunities of the children.
Creative thinking and acting are encouraged not only in the context of school subjects, nor isolated to individual work groups, but in the close link between learning and special additional creativity offers as part of a complex support programme based upon and justified by the latest educational research and theory. It reacts to problems and does not allow for any gaps in the development of creative personalities, even solving potential problems.
A harmonious relationship in the development of abstract-logical and concrete-intuitive thinking is encouraged and a high level of interaction is strived for from the very outset. The differentiation of the senses involved corresponds to "learning with all of the senses."

The complex program for the development of creativity at BIP centres comprises the following fields:

visual artistic creativity, musical creativity, linguistic creativity, drama, dance/movement, digital media, exploring/discovering/inventing, strategic games/chess, foreign languages (English, French, Arabic or Chinese).

Even the playful learning of children at pre-school BIP centres is based on this programme. Renowned experts, artists and educational practitioners have worked on related curricula for each subject of the complex programme. This forms the basis for differentiated additional offerings to curriculum-based lessons. This intensely stimulates the creative personality, especially in maths and science, artistic, aesthetic and foreign language subjects. It is not essentially a matter of an extended knowledge transfer, but rather gaining of experience and expertise in terms of creative thinking and acting.
In the BIP Kreativitätsgrundschule...

  • marks are carefully awarded from the 1st class.
  • differentiated learning is made possible through grouping and the use of twoseparate/parallel classrooms.
  • all lessons are tailored to the needs of the pupils .
  • two teachers are responsible for each class, which prevents any lessons being cancelled. If a teacher should be absent, then lessons can continue as one unified group.
  • all teachers have a state-approved teaching qualification and have additionally completed advanced vocational training for creative teaching or alternatively participate in service training for creative teaching.
  • the recommended state curriculum is followed and fulfilled.
  • classes are divided for ten lessons per week (mathematics, German) and the creativity subjects of the complex programme.
  • no homework is given for the next day.
  • two classrooms are available and used for each class.
  • foreign languages are learnt from the 1st class.
  • - the teaching of environmental awareness and how to lead a healthy lifestyle go
  • hand in hand. Lunch, milk and drink are all supplied.
  • schoolbags may remain on school premises.
  • projects are conducted during the school holidays
  • our BIP team and parents work closely together.