Programmes for Welcome Classes


Anne Frank Centre

Faksimile des Tagebuchs in der Ausstellung »Anne Frank. hier & heute«
Reprint of the diary at the exhibition »Anne Frank. here & now« © Anne Frank Centre, Photo: Carolin Rodewald

Welcome Classes from the sixth and seventh grade and young refugees from 12 to 14 years can join the two-hour workshop “Ein Tagebuch für mich?“ (a diary for me?) to get to know the exhibition Anne Frank. here & now. The goal is not to transmit comprehensive knowledge about National Socialism, but getting to know the biography of Anne Frank. The youngsters are encouraged to share their knowledge about the Holocaust and the Second World War and to ask questions about the matter. Afterwards, they have the opportunity to design their own diaries which they can take home. It contains a self-portrait and a first sentence that is important to them.

Anne Frank Centre

Ausstellung »Anne Frank. hier & heute«Exhibition »Anne Frank. here & now« © Anne Frank Centre

The Anne Frank Centre offers a five-hour project day for welcome classes (from the eigth grade on) and for young adolescent refugees (from 14 years on). The project day is called „Mit dem Gestern im Heute ankommen“ (to arrive today with yesterday). It starts in the exhibition Anne Frank. here & now. The adolescents get to know Anne Frank as a girl with different interests and experiences who lived at the time of National Socialism. They get to know what Anne wrote about identity, dreams about the future, discrimination and moral courage. Afterwards, they are encouraged to express their own opinions about those topics and to exchange ideas. Subsequently, they visit the former Jewish quarter of Berlin in the direct neighborhood of the Anne Frank Centre.
The project day can serve as introduction to the „seeking traces“ project in school.

Berlinische Galerie

Willkommensklassen in der Berlinischen GalerieWelcome Classes at Berlinischen Galerie © Jirka Jansch

Berlinische Galerie – Museum for Art, Photography and Architecture and Jugend im Museum invite welcome classes for a three-hour project day, on which the pupils are enabled to have a unique art experience in a trusting atmosphere. Within an interactive tour and a practical part, depending on the specific focus, they find out more about the exhibition objects in a playful or creative way. In the exhibition Art in Berlin 1880–1980 for instance the many shades of Berlin can be discovered and links to the personal living environment can be made.
The workshop can be hold in simple language, if requested. Imagination, movement and team work are used for a dialog with the artworks.
For information and registration please write an email to [email protected] or call (030) 266 42 22 42 (Tue to Fr from 9 am to 3 pm).

 Bröhan Museum

Animals created during the workshop © Bröhan Museum

Bröhan Museum offers a workshop for welcome classes, entitled „Eine tierische Entdeckungsreise“ (Animal expedition). Using writing games and picture cards, children are introduced to the museum’s large collection of animal sculptures. The workshop explores not only which animals are on display at the museum but also the question of whether these animals exist in real life. Afterwards the children can make their own animal figurines.

Further information and booking via [email protected] or under (030) 32 690 625.

 Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Museum

Teenagers attending a workshop at the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Museum

The Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Museum invites welcome classes for a collective expedition through the history of the district. With the workshop „Steppe wisent, Prussian queen and Assyrian from Tell Halaf – Discover your new homeland” and a dialogic guided tour pupils can meet some fascinating inhabitants of their new home. Thereby they get to know playfully aspects and terms of the topics “city” and “living in the city nowadays”. During a subsequent workshop the new words and skills can be put together as a story, which can be illustrated by words and pictures. The workshops are directed to children in the age of 6 to 16. The dialogic guided tour takes 45 minutes, with subsequent workshop program 90 minutes. The group should involve 10 to 20 pupils. The offer is for free, eventually there can be costs for the material in the amount of 1 Euro per person.

Information and booking under (030) 90 29 24 108 or [email protected]

Communication museum

There’s a lot to discover at communication museum, e.g. the pending stage coach © MSPT / Museum für Kommunikation. Photo: Michael Ehrhart

Even without language skills pupils from welcome classes can learn how to stamp, write or print at the print factory of communication museum. Two workshops are offered: “From feather to printing press and typewriter to personal computer. Experiment with the different options” is directed to kids at the age of 6 to 12. The second workshop: “Putting signs. How we communicate with gestures and signs. Which forms of nonverbal communication existed in the past?” is suitable for teens in the age of 13 to 17.

More information and booking via museum education officer Jutta Scherm (classes 1 to 6)  (030) 20294 205 or [email protected] or Stefan Jahrling (classes 7 to 13)  (030) 20294 204 or [email protected]

Deutsche Bank KunstHalle

Workshop for welcome classes, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Photo: Matthias Schormann

Deutsche Bank KunstHalle develops a specific workshop programme for welcome classes for every exhibition. For the current exhibition there can be booked individual courses, matched for every class. At each workshop artistic aspects and learning the German language are in the foreground. The kids can get creative after a joint tour through the exhibition.
For making an appointment and more information please call (030) 20 20 93 19 or write an email to [email protected]

FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum

Guided tour through the exhibition ©FHXB

The FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum invites interested pupils from welcome classes to a guided tour through the exhibition. Here they can learn about the 100-year history of the district. What was before Kreuzberg? Who were the first inhabitants? Where does the name come from? And when did the district come to his name? These and other questions will be answered. The tours are suitable for up to 25 people and free.
Information and booking at Marion Greiner by (030) 50 58 52 45 or [email protected]

 German Museum of Technology

JuniorCampus workshop at the German Museum of Technology © SDTB / Photo: C. Kirchner

The German Museum of Technology offers free workshops for welcome classes as part of the JuniorCampus programme. On the campus’ 300 square metre surface, preschool and school-age children can use the different workshop rooms to explore topics such as mobility, sustainability and mathematics. During playful activities they discover different aspects of geometry. While learning about how things relate to each other in our daily surroundings, the children also broaden their knowledge of the German language.

Contact and booking: [email protected] or under (030) 902 54 350 (Mondays 10 am to 12 pm and Wednesdays 2 pm to 4 pm).

Jewish Museum Berlin

Kids at the baking workshop © Jewish Museum Berlin, Photo: Jule Roehr

The Jewish Museum offers two different workshops for children from welcome classes with little German language skills: In a baking workshop they can bake traditional challot (a special Jewish braided bread eaten on Sabbath and Jewish holidays) and Arabic flat bread in the factory kitchen. At the same time there will be an exchange about traditions and rituals in Judaism and Islam.
In the second workshop the children can design their own t-shirts with Arabic, Hebrew or Latin letters. A short visit to the museum centers language and handwriting. It will be looked for commonalities and differences between Arabic and Hebrew.
Both workshops will take two hours, a maximum of 15 children can take part.
Registration by phone (030) 259 93 315 or email [email protected]


Creative group picture of a welcome class © Martin-Gropius-Bau, Valariano, 2016

MGB Welcome² is a program for welcome classes developed by Martin-Gropius-Bau for elementary, secondary and vocational schools. Every two weeks for three hours the classes visit the exhibition building for the duration of minimum one year. They can improve their German during discussion in front of the art works and they learn to express themselves in creative workshops. The crafted memory games, diaries and memory folders can be used in school afterwards. Occasionally parents, siblings and friends join the course.

For registration and information please contact Jenny Sréter via (030) 254 86 326 or [email protected]

 Marzahn-Hellersdorf Museum

Student project at the Marzahn-Hellersdorf Museum, Photo: Bezirksmuseum Marzahn-Hellersdorf

The Marzahn-Hellersdorf Museum organises a block seminar titled „Heimat – Alltag – Sprache“ (Home – Everyday Life – Language). On four consecutive dates students of welcome classes who understand and speak a little German can explore the museum’s permanent exhibition. Thus the museum wants to become a meeting place, where participants can share about their everyday life experiences while also learning German. Topics such as clothes, city or country life, school and food are discussed using simple German.  

If you are interested please contact the museum under (030) 54 79 09 21 or by sending an email to [email protected]

Neukölln Museum

Exhibtion space at Neukölln Museum, Photo: Friedhelm Hoffmann

Neukölln Museum has developed special learning programmes for classes starting from 6th grade, which are also suitable for welcome classes. Selected objects from the permanent exhibition 99 x Neukölln are at the centre of the workshops, which portray the life and fate of different people from Neukölln and also shed light on the districts historical development. Welcome classes can take tours of Gutshof Britz and the Hufeisensiedlung as well. Interested groups can participate in a laboratory focusing on the topic of migration. Language learning is a general focus of the programme.

Further information and booking under (030) 627 277-717 or via [email protected]

Stadtmuseum Berlin

Welcome classes at the Märkisches Museum © Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, Photo: Phil Dera

Stadtmuseum Berlin offers a two hour workshop for welcome classes at the Märkisches Museum during which the children learn about Berlin. The workshop is taught using plain language as well as movement, simple activities and haptic tasks. Children and teenagers are encouraged to find connections between life in Berlin and life in their native towns – similar buildings and infrastructures, what a city needs to function, what Berlin looked like throughout history and today.

If you are a teacher and would like to partcipate in the free workshop „Welcome to Berlin“ with your class, please contact Ms Constanze Schröder: (030) 240 02 174 or [email protected]

Please look here for further information.

Youth Museum

Students enjoying the show © Jugend Museum

In 2014 the Youth Museum began working on a joint project with Spreewald primary school in Schöneberg entitled „Ich weiß (noch) nicht, was ich will!“, which translates to “I’m not sure what I want to be (just yet)”. The career orientation project is now also open for students of welcome classes. While handling objects, either provided by the museum or brought from home, the children talk about different professions and about working in general. They also develop small theatrical performances. A mime teaches them how gestures and facial expressions can help communication among different people. The children also visit interesting spots and locations within the district, such as the fire station, where they meet real firemen and can take a ride in the fire truck. After they return to the museum, they use what they saw on their excursion as inspiration for a linocut they can make inside the museum’s own printing workshop. The project continues throughout 2016 and 2017. The activies are turned into a film, which will be presented to the public.  

Further information and booking under (030) 90277 61 63 or via [email protected]

Youth Museum

“Inhabitants” of Villa Global © Jugend Museum

The permanent exhibition Villa Global. The Next Generation at Youth Museum enables children and teenagers to get to know several very different people, living in different rooms. They meet a toddler, a grandmother, a rapper, a journalist, a courageous young girl and a young man who is determined to follow his dreams. Some are born in Berlin or have been living in the city for a long time, others have just arrifed. They all furnished their own space and can be seen in video interviews. Students are invited to explore Villa Global in order to discover the diversity of people in Berlin and to find out what connects them. During special theatre project days the stories of  the „inhabitants“ are explored further. Participants can share their personal experiences and opinions.

Project days last from 9 am to 1 pm. Interested teachers can register their class under (030) 90277 61 63 or via [email protected]

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