GERMAN

KEY STAGE 3

Year 7

During Year 7 pupils cover the basics of German grammar in a variety of contexts. The text book is ECHO Book 1. Topics covered include: personal details, family and pets, houses, school, time, town, directions and plans for the summer. Pupils are introduced to the notion of noun gender, verb forms, the formation of plurals, cases and word order. Students are also introduced to the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. By the end of Year 7, pupils are expected to reach SWGS Standard I. Students are also encouraged to take part in the Year 7 visit to Germany in June.

Year 8 FL1

Year 8 FL1 Students use ECHO, Book 2 and build on the work done in Year 7. Topics covered include: the holidays, shopping and food, leisure activities, health, daily routine and making plans. Grammar points covered include the past and future tenses, the use of modal verbs, adverbs of frequency, connectives and their effect on word order and adjectival endings. The four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing are regularly practised. 

Year 8 FL2

Year 8 FL2 Students use ECHO EXPRESS, Book 1 and cover the basics of German grammar in a variety of contexts. Topics covered include: personal details, family and pets, houses, school, time, town, directions and plans for the summer. Pupils are introduced to the notion of noun gender, verb forms, the formation of plurals, cases and word order. The four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are all practised regularly.

Year 9 FL1

Family and project work on Germany. Grammar points covered include: verbs and tenses (present/future/perfect/conditional), word order, the use of modal verbs, connectives, pronouns and adjectival endings. The four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing are regularly practised. By the end of Year 9, pupils are expected to reach Level 8.

Year 9 FL2

Year 9 FL2 students use ECHO EXPRESS, Book 2, a continuation of the 8FL2 course. Topics covered include: the holidays, shopping and food, leisure activities, health, daily routine and making plans. Grammar points covered include verbs and tenses (past/present/future), the use of modal verbs, adverbs of frequency, connectives, word order and adjectival endings. The four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing are regularly practised. Our expectation is that all students should achieve Level 6/7 and a number of students should be achieving Level 7 by the end of the year.

GCSE

Year 10 and Year 11

The GCSE course in Years 10 and 11 is a continuation of the work done in previous years. The main aim of the course is to use German as a means of practical communication. A competent, accurate use of grammar will also be important. Four main skills are developed; understanding the written and spoken language and developing written and spoken communication. The speaking, listening, reading and writing papers count for 25% each of the final marks. All units are taken at the end of Year 11.

During the lessons, pupils will be expected to participate as actively as possible. There will be plenty of listening and reading comprehension practice and pupils will learn grammar and writing skills. Pupils will be expected to do homework regularly and this could include learning by heart. In both Year 10 and 11 students are helped to improve oral skills and prepare for oral assessments by regular practice with the teacher or languages prefects.

In Year 10 students also have the opportunity to participate in our exchange with the Maria Ward School in Landau.

 

A LEVEL

Year 12

In Year 12, students study the main topics of Berlin’s Culture Life: Past and Present, Art and Architecture, Traditions, Youth Culture, The Digital World and Family & Relationships. Lessons are conducted largely in German and students are expected to participate as actively as possible. Students are expected to be reasonably self-reliant in using a grammar reference. They will also need to keep up to date with current affairs in Germany via the internet. There is revision of basic grammar at the beginning of the course and the introduction of further, more sophisticated grammatical structures.


Listening, Reading and Writing paper, 50%

Speaking test, 30 %

Writing test, 20%

Students in Year 12 have the opportunity to participate in the annual German exchange with our partner school in Landau.

Year 13

Topics in A2 German are Environment, Multicultural Society, Contemporary Social Issues and two cultural topics, of which one is currently East Germany 1976-1989. In Year 13, students also have an extra conversation lesson time-tabled with a volunteer/member of staff.

 


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