German

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Key Stage 3

Year 8

Students’ learning of German begins in Year 8, and prior learning of French helps to communicate key linguistic principles.  The Year 8 German curriculum is designed to introduce students to a basic level of German across a range of topic areas.  Students are introduced to German verbs and how they work, as well as gaining an understanding of pronouns, articles, adjectives and sentence structures.    Students are encouraged to use the German language for communicating their ideas in writing and in speech, including spontaneously.  Additional skills which are emphasised are literacy, translation both into and out of German, and linguistic comparison.  The topics taught include:  giving personal details, talking about our family and friends; describing one’s home and area; talking about routines and leisure activities.  Students’ cultural awareness of German-speaking communities is enhanced through reading and listening texts, videos and independent research.  Students have access to linguascope.com (with a Coloma password) and other websites.   Students also take part in the Foreign Language Spelling Bee competition.   

Year 9

The Year 9 German curriculum builds on skills and grammar acquired in Year 8, across a broader range of topic areas.  Students continue to learn about German verbs and how they work, extending their knowledge and understanding to the use of irregular verbs and different tenses (the past and future tenses). They also have plenty of opportunities to practise using pronouns, articles, adjectives and a variety of more complex sentence structures.    Students become more confident in the use of the German language for communicating their ideas in writing and in speech, including spontaneously.  Confidence in literacy and translation skills continues to be fostered, and linguistic comparison is encouraged.  The topics taught include: holidays, leisure, shopping, health, sport, food, and describing where we live.  Students’ cultural awareness of German-speaking communities is enhanced through reading and listening texts, videos and independent research.  Students have access to linguascope.com (with a Coloma password) and other websites.   Students also take part in a Foreign Language Translation Bee competition.  

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Please click here for the GCSE German specification.

The year 10 German curriculum builds on the structures and skills learned in Key Stage 3. Students consolidate and develop their understanding of reading and listening texts centred on:  Identity and Culture, and Local and  National Issues. All four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) are practised in order to prepare for the examination-style questions of the new GCSE.  Students further develop their grammatical knowledge with an enhanced complexity of structure.  Topic-specific language , vocabulary and register are promoted, and students are encouraged to apply their linguistic skills in spontaneous situations including through role play.  Translation into and from the target language is emphasised, and is also a valuable skill for the GCSE and for the development of grammatical awareness.   Students have access to kerboodle (with a Coloma password), which is very helpful especially for grammatical awareness and for listening and reading activities, and which accompanies the class textbook.  Students also have access to linguascope.com, and a variety of other websites are  recommended, including Duolingo and Easy German.  Students participate in the Vocabexpress League of Champions challenge in September.

Year 11

Please click here for the GCSE German specification.

Students build on their previous study of the language and further extend their knowledge by studying the following themes for GCSE:  Home Town, Neighbourhood and Region, Global Issues, Social Issues, Current and Future Studies and Employment.  They further develop their understanding of how language works by studying grammar and through learning how to use sophisticated structures and vocabulary. They continue to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills with a focus on assessment practice to ensure they are ready for and are prepared for the demands of the linear course. Pupils continue to have access to linguascope.com and the digital learning platform kerboodle.

Key Stage 5

Year 12

Please click here for the AQA A-Level specification:

We teach the AQA specification 7662 which encompasses:  aspects of German-speaking society, artistic culture in the German-speaking world, multiculturalism and aspects of political life in German-speaking society. The course also involves rigorous teaching of grammatical and linguistic principles, enabling students to express their thoughts with accuracy. In addition to the AQA course book, which students can also access online, we also use a great variety of authentic resources to encourage independent learning.

The A-Level course builds on the GCSE topics and  is very exciting; it is designed to encourage students towards much greater confidence and fluency in speaking and writing in German, and in understanding listening and reading texts on complex and significant themes.  The topics covered in Year 12 include:  The changing nature of the family; the advantages and dangers of new technologies; the role of the volunteer in society; music, cinema and the cultural heritage , including  art and architecture of the German-speaking world.  Students also study, analyse and write about an inspiring film, which gives rise to many stimulating themes and ideas. 

Independent reading is an important part in achieving proficiency in a language and we guide students to explore additional material from websites such as Deutsche Welle, the Goethe Institute and a variety of authentic news resources as well as German literature from our library.

Our Year 12 students attend the annual German Career Fair hosted by the German Embassy, which gives students an impression of the great opportunities open to them, through their study of German, in study and employment.

Year 13

Please click here for the AQA A-Level specification:

In Year 13 the emphasis will be on preparing for the A-Level Exam, which consists of three papers: firstly the Listening, reading and writing paper (2h30), which accounts for 50 % of the grade; secondly a Writing paper (2h) comprising two essays on a film and a book and accounting for 20% of the grade. Thirdly there will be a Speaking exam (22 min), covering an Individual Research Project and one of four themes (i.e.  Aspects of German speaking

society or Artistic culture in the German-speaking world or Multiculturalism in German-speaking society or Aspects of political life in German-speaking society).

Year 2 of the A-Level course is designed to build on the much greater confidence and fluency achieved in the first year of the A-Level.   Students become spontaneously articulate in their speaking and writing in German, and their understanding of listening and reading texts on complex and significant themes develops significantly.  The topics covered in Year 13 include:  Multiculturalism in Germany, including immigration, integration and racism, Germany and the European Union, politics and youth, and the consequences of German reunification.   Students also study, analyse and write about a work of literature and a film, giving them the opportunity to explore many stimulating themes and ideas, which develops their skills in literary and film analysis and their ability to discuss these art forms through the medium of the foreign language.  An important aspect of Year 2 study is the preparation of an Individual Research Project unique to each student; this is a wonderful chance for students to follow in depth their interest in a specific area beyond the set syllabus; this research project is examined as part of the A-Level Speaking Examination. 

Students have access to kerboodle (with a Coloma password), which is very helpful especially for grammatical awareness and for listening and reading activities, and which accompanies the class textbook.  In addition we encourage students to explore additional material from websites such as Deutsche Welle, the Goethe Institute and a variety of authentic news resources as well as German literature from our library.

The study of German

Through studying German, students develop the skills to be able to speak and write fluently and accurately, and to understand high level written and spoken texts.  Students’ understanding of German culture and of social themes is well developed, and students complete the A-level course with the skills to live and work anywhere in the German-speaking world, and with the ability to talk about literature, film, culture and society. 

German as a language is in great demand both internationally and in the UK, and is an official language of the European Union.  Students with German have excellent employment prospects in many fields including interpreting, intelligence, law and finance to name but a few.  Students with a foreign language also develop their expertise and fluency in English, which is a great advantage in the employment market.