AIMS & OBJECTIVES

We aim to provide a fun, interesting and stimulating learning environment for all pupils in German. The study of the language begins in year 7 and continues until Year 9.  Pupils are then offered the opportunity to develop their skills further by taking the subject as a GCSE option.

Germany is widely recognised as the economic powerhouse of the European Union and is one of the most important and influential exporting countries in the world. The ability to speak German is a big advantage and opens up a wide variety of career and business opportunities.

In Europe today more people speak German as their native language than any other language. As well as learning German, lessons will also offer insight into the culture of German speaking countries that have produced some of the most influential people in history such as Mozart, Einstein, Nietzsche, Goethe, Bach and Freud.

CURRICULUM

Key stage 3

Year 7:  Course followed:  Stimmt 1

Topics covered in Year 7 are personal information, school, family and friends, free time, my home, places in town and countries. Pupils are introduced to the notion of noun, gender, verb forms, the formation of plurals, cases and word order.

Year 8:  Course followed:  Stimmt 2

Topics covered in Year 8 include holidays, films, healthy lifestyles, daily routine, after school activities and going out. Pupils are introduced to some more difficult grammar points, including the use of tenses.

Year 9:  Course followed:  Echo 3 rot

Topics covered in Year 9 include media, school, future plans, the environment and learning more about Germany. Year 9 work includes the revision of previous topics as well as the introduction of a higher level of language (grammar and tenses) in preparation for the GCSE.

Key stage 4

Course followed:  Heinemann AQA GCSE German (higher textbook)

For GCSE (Years 10 and 11) we follow the AQA syllabus.  The GCSE tests the four skill areas of listening, reading comprehension, speaking and writing. The listening and reading papers each account for 20% of the final marks.  Speaking and writing play a more important role with each area counting for 30% of the final grade. Speaking is assessed internally. Pupils have the opportunity to complete tasks on different topic areas and the best two are submitted for moderation to the exam board. Two written tasks are completed under controlled conditions and are marked externally.

The four contexts at GCSE level are:

  • Lifestyle
  • Leisure
  • Work and education
  • Home and environment

OUT OF THE CLASSROOM
Trips to Germany are organised on a bi-annual basis