Aims

The German department aims to provide students with the opportunity to become familiar with both the spoken and written language, as well as broaden their understanding of the culture of German-speaking countries. Germany is Britain’s biggest trading partner and is Europe’s most powerful economy. German is also the most spoken first language in Europe with around 100 million native speakers. Germany has a rich heritage in science, philosophy and the arts.

Curriculum

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10: GCSE – Examination Board AQA (8668)

Year 11

Year 12 A Level German: Examination Board AQA (7662)

Year 13

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

Introducing Yourself

  • facts about german-speaking countries
  • pronunciation
  • classroom language
  • greetings
  • numbers 1-100
  • months and birthdays
  • countries and languages
  • german alphabet
  • haben with ich and du

Spring Term 1

School

  • classroom objects and items in a school bag
  • school subjects and your opinions of them
  • telling the time , saying when you have different subjects
  • days of the week
  • talking about your timetable
  • gender: der,die das
  • the wir form of haben
  • Use of ‘verb second’ word order

Summer Term 1

Home

  • saying where you live
  • weather
  • describe your house or flat and your own room
  • larger numbers and dates
  • ich wohne in + dative
  • es gibt + accusative
  • dual case prepositions

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

Family

  • family members
  • brothers and sisters
  • pets and colours
  • describing yourself, family members, friends and pets
  • possessive adjectives
  • haben + accusative
  • negatives
  • noun plurals
  • subject pronouns: er,sie,es

Spring Term 2

Freetime and Hobbies

  • sports and musical instruments
  • your favourite hobbies
  • opinions of computer games
  • saying how often you do something
  • gern, nicht gern, lieber am liebsten
  • present tense (regular and irregular verbs)
  • time expressions
  • use of denn

Summer Term 2

Food and Drink

  • saying what food and drink you like/don’t like
  • saying what you eat for different meals
  • ordering food in a café or snack bar
  • buying food in a shop
  • talking about healthy eating
  • ordering meal in a restaurant
  • use of ‘verb second’ for word order
  • ich möchte + noun
  • man soll…….essen/trinken
  • negatives: gern, nicht gern; keinen/keine/kein

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

Local Area

  • places in town
  • saying what you can do in a place
  • asking for and giving directions
  • buying tickets and presents
  • understanding tourist information
  • es gibt einen/eine/ein
  • modal verbs können and wollen
  • giving instructions in du and Sie forms
  • asking questions

Spring Term 1

Going on a trip

  • talking about holidays (where you go, how long you travel, where you stay and for how long)
  • talk about what you can do on holiday and what you are going to do
  • talking about past holiday experiences
  • prepositions + dative case
  • modal verbs (können and wollen)
  • future tense (werden + infinitive)
  • perfect tense (with haben and sein)

Summer Term 1

Mein Alltag

  • talk about your daily routine and ask others about theirs
  • describe what you did yesterday/last weekend and give your opinions of their day using the imperfect tense.
  • revise the time and learn how to use the 24-hour clock.
  • reflexive and separable verbs in both the present and perfect tenses and consolidate the perfect tense further.
  • more complex opinions using a variety of language structures
  • use a bilingual dictionary to help you with new vocabulary
  • word families and learning how to use your knowledge of them to build and to work out the meanings of new words.
  • cultural focus a German snowboard champion.

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

Fashion and Shopping

  • talking about clothes and giving your opinions about them
  • talking about what you wear and what you’d like to wear
  • going shopping for clothes
  • talking about problems with clothes
  • designers clothes and the school uniform
  • singular nouns + ist, plural nouns + sind
  • adjective endings in the accusative
  • ich möchte + infinitive
  • how to say it (ihn/sie/es) and them (sie)
  • future tense (werden + infinitive)
  • comparisons

Spring Term 2

Wie siehst du aus?

  • describe their own and other people’s appearance and personality
  • talk about how they get on with your parents and siblings and what you do to help out at home – and how often
  • how to give opinions and back them up with reasons and to talk about things you have done in the past.
  • adjectives in the accusative case to describe appearance and start to build longer, more complex sentences using linking words such as weil.
  • The perfect tense with haben and sein is reinforced
  • thinking skills: using existing knowledge to work out language rules, working out meaning, thinking about language patterns and using them to adapt sentences and texts.
  • Cultural focus Languages spoken in Switzerland.

Summer Term 2

Wir feiern!

  • German national holidays and festivals.
  • opinions of them, backing them up with reasons and give dates, using the correct endings
  • organising a party, and use modal verbs to describe the tasks you need to carry out and what the guests can do at the party
  • more modal verbs are introduced and used for accepting or declining invitations
  • excuses and state what you have to do instead.
  • describe a party they have been to and give your opinions of it, using the perfect and imperfect tenses.
  • strong focus on using grammatical knowledge: students are encouraged to work out grammar patterns and apply them in their work
  • evaluate and prepare for language tasks and to build answers from questions.
  • cultural focus German festivals.

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

The Media

  • discussing TV programmes you like watching, what you think of them and how often you watch TV.
  • other forms of media you use and to compare old and new media using the present and imperfect tenses.
  • Talking about different types of music and name your favourite types of music and singers. Various film genres are introduced
  • describing the plot of a film.
  • The possessive adjectives mein and dein are revised, and sein and ihr are introduced.
  • Dieser/diese/dieses and welcher?/welche?/welches? are introduced and there is further consolidation of the present, perfect and imperfect tenses
  • using their existing knowledge to work out meaning and the concept of ‘false friends’ is introduced. Expressing opinions and learning how to adapt a text.
  • Cultural focus German TV programmes; A German pop band.

Spring Term 1

Healthy Lifestyles

  • parts of their bodies and how to form their plurals
  • describing aches and pains
  • keeping fit and healthy eating and give advice on having a healthy lifestyle
  • possessive adjectives are revised and reinforced and students learn how to use dative pronouns (mir, dir,) to describe ailments.
  • using the imperative i to give advice about being healthy
  • identifying language and grammar patterns and use your knowledge of them to build new words and phrases.
  • the language structures seit and um …zu … are introduced
  • cultural focus German, austrian and swiss food specialities

Summer Term 1

My Area

  • describing in detail where you live and give your opinion of your area using weil and correct word order
  • talking about different means of transport and consider whether or not they are environmentally friendly
  • environmental problems and discuss ways of being environmentally friendly
  • Prepositions using the dative case are consolidated in the context of travel (mit + dative)
  • compound nouns, how to construct them and how to identify the correct gender for them.
  • The comparative is revised and the superlative introduced
  • There is a strong focus on thinking skills: identifying language patterns and applying your knowledge, work out the meaning of new words and evaluate language tasks.
  • Cultural focus Information about various towns, cities and areas in Germany; The German recycling system; Renewable energy sources in Germany.

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

My Favourite Hobbies

  • talking about what you like and dislike doing, and what you think of you hobbies and why
  • recapping on the weather and what you do in different kinds of weather, using the wenn clause and correct word order.
  • discussing what they will do next weekend.
  • adjective endings in the nominative and accusative cases
  • building longer sentences using linking words and the correct word order.
  • learning strategies focus on identifying and applying language patterns
  • learning about more unusual hobbies and to think about what effect on people’s lifestyles too many activities might have.
  • Cultural focus German teenage stress.

Spring Term 2

A Trip to Düsseldorf

  • planning a trip and request tourist information
  • talking about what there is to see and do in a town using the modal verb können, and what you are going to do, using the future tense
  • asking for and give directions, using the formal and informal forms of the imperative
  • buy train tickets
  • describing where items are in a room and to get around town.
  • The perfect and imperfect tenses (war) are consolidated
  • describing a trip.
  • Learning strategies include writing a formal letter, adapting a text, writing creatively, reading for gist and detail and using knowledge of grammar to understand texts.
  • Cultural focus Information about Düsseldorf and Cologne; A German poem.

Summer Term 2

School and Future Plans

  • part-time jobs, how much you earn and what you are saving for, using für + accusative and um…zu….
  • German school system and school day and compare them with those of the UK.
  • the perfect, present and future tenses to talk about what you have done this year at school and what you will do next year.
  • different jobs and careers, masculine and feminine forms of them, and say what job you would like to do in the future, using Ich möchte … werden
  • the Swiss school system and to describe your school day.
  • Learning strategies covered include deducing the meaning of unknown words and applying knowledge of language patterns.
  • Cultural focus German and Swiss school systems; German job adverts.

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

Key Stage 3 revision

Family, relationships and Marriage

  • My Family
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Getting Maried
  • Happiness outside of marriage

Spring Term 1

Hobbies and Interests

  • Music fan or film buff?
  • Cinema or TV?
  • Shall we go for something to eat?
  • Healthy Living
  • Sport for all
  • Have you got any ‘get up and go!’?

Summer Term 1

My Area

  • Where do you live?
  • Where will you live in the future?
  • My Region
  • In the Town

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

Technology

  • Are you a facebook fan?
  • Security in the internet
  • Trends in cellphone technology
  • Mobile phones – the good, the bad and the ugly

Spring Term 2

Customs and Tradtions

  • All countries need customs
  • Let’s celebrate!
  • Celebrating festivals around the year

Summer Term 2

Out and About

  • Voluntary work overseas
  • Welcome on the adventure!
  • I used to be fit !
  • Do you live healthily or unhealthily?

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

The environment

  • Help the environment
  • Global environmental issues
  • Security around the world
  • Poverty on the streets

Spring Term 1

School

  • A description of your school
  • Which types of school are there in Germany?
  • A typical school day
  • Aspects of school life

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

Travel and tourism

  • I am looking for a place to stay
  • How was the holiday?
  • A tour around a city
  • Beautiful travel destinations

Spring Term 2

The World of Work

  • Which job or which course?
  • University or straight into work?
  • Which job would you like to do?
  • My ideal Job

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

Family in Transition

  • Relationships within the family
  • Partnership and marriage
  • Different forms of the family unit

Spring Term 1

Festivals and Traditions

  • Roots and origins of festivals
  • Social and economic significance of festivals
  • Diversity of traditions in different German-speaking regions

Summer Term 1

Berlin Cultural Life – In the past and today

  • Berlin – treasured through its history
  • Theatre, Music and Museums in Berlin
  • The Diversity amongst the population of Berlin

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

The Digital World

  • The internet
  • Social Networks
  • The Digitalisation of Society

Spring Term 2

Art and Architecture

  • Artists and Architects
  • Art and Architecture in day-to-day life
  • Art and Architecture- past, present and future

Summer Term 2

Film Dossier: Good Bye Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker)

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

Immigration

  • The reasons for Immigration
  • The pros and cons of Immigration
  • Migration politics

Integration

  • Measures towards integration
  • Barriers to integration

Literature Text: Der Vorleser (Schlink)

Spring Term 1

Germany and the EU

  • The role of Germany in Europe
  • The pros and cons of the EU for Germany
  • The affects off EU enlargement on Germany

Youth and politics

  • Engaging young people in politics
  • Key issues in youth politics

Literature Text: Der Vorleser (Schlink)

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

Integration (continued)

  • The Experiences of different migration groups

Racism

  • The victims of Racism
  • The origins of Racism
  • The fight against Racism

Literature Text: Der Vorleser (Schlink)

Spring Term 2

Youth and Politics (continued)

  • Values and Ideals

The Reunification and its Consequences

  • Peaceful revolution in the GDR
  • Reunification: Hopes and Reality
  • The old and new German States – Culture and Identity

Literature Text: Der Vorleser (Schlink)

Staff

  • Mr D Thomson (Head of German)
  • Miss M Todd (German)
  • Mrs C Gardner (German)
  • Mrs T Richards (French and German)
  • Ms N Murrall (French and German)
  • Miss J Rixon (MFL Schools Direct)
  • Miss A Soller (Language Assistant)

Additional Information

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

All pupils in Year 7 learn German as one of two foreign languages, which they will continue to at least Year 9. In Year 7 they will have 3 periods of German per fortnight, increasing to 4 periods in Years 8 and 9. One periods will often be based in a computer room, in order to practise ICT skills and revise vocabulary and grammar through a variety of engaging sites. Classroom lessons contain a wide variety of listening, speaking, reading and writing activities, using a number of stimulating and challenging resources, tailored to prepare pupils for the new-style GCSE curriuculum.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Students who opt to take the GCSE course will have a good grounding in the subject from Key Stage 3, consolidating on some previously learnt material as well as developing their competencies in new topic areas. In each Year students will have 4 periods of German per fortnight, using a brand new course book with accompanying interactive resources. We currently follow the AQA examination syllabus. The four components are: Listening (25%), Reading (25%), Speaking (25%) and Writing (25%). All skill areas are assessed by final exam in Year 11. During the course there will be a lot of emphasis on grammar and translation skills, as well as heightening pupil awareness on current and historical cultural matters.

Post 16 (AS and A2 Level)

The A-level specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and to society. The specification has been designed to be studied over two years. In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of German-speaking countries. In the second year, further aspects of the social background are covered, alongside the German political landscape, both in relation to Germany itself and its place in Europe. The past and its role in shaping the present is viewed through the reunification and its consequences while the focus on young people and politics looks forward to shaping the future of German-speaking countries. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where German is spoken, and their language skills. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in German. Students following this specification will develop their language knowledge, understanding and skills through a variety of strategies and themes, including translation, literature and film. At A2 there will also be the opportunity to personalise study to a specific area of interest.

How can parents help?

How To Help Your Daughter To Improve

Whenever possible, you could encourage your daughter to:

  • Read the teacher comments and where relevant act on them.
  • Follow the advice given in her assessment folder.
  • Refer to the level or grade descriptors for her age group, these will be in her assessment folders (Y7-10)
  • At GCSE and A’ level, carefully read the assessment criteria and examiner’s report before the controlled assessment or examinations
  • Use the text book to read ahead to be ready for new topics.
  • Make revision materials at the end of each topic
  • Keep up-to-date with vocabulary learning
  • Review her work frequently
  • Use the text book to consolidate classroom learning
  • Use the internet sites suggested later to research unfamiliar topics
  • Explain her lessons to you
  • Ask her teacher for a more detailed explanation
  • This is not a full list, the techniques she uses in other subjects may also work with German

Where next

Here are just a few areas in which the application of German would prove to be useful:

  • Business
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Arts (especially Music) and Science (2nd most published language for scientific journals)
  • Teaching
  • Academia
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Any profession that requires confidence in communication, flexibility, the willingness to embrace a new challenge

Opportunities out of lessons

German Opportunities Out Of Lessons

  • German Exchange with Kaufbeuren (Every 2 years)
  • Key Stage 3 Residential (new for 2015!)
  • Weihnachtsmarkt in Birmingham (German Christmas Market)
  • Brieffreunde (penpal)

German Opportunities Parents Can Provide

  • Trip/holiday to Germany,Switzerland or Austria
  • Work Experience/Contacts with international/German-based companies

Useful links

Useful German Websites

ARD  and ZDF (television channels)
GCSE Bitesize German  (good for Year 10 and 11 exam practice)
Keep Learning and Revising (grammar, vocabulary and games)


YJC  (vocabulary and games)


Languages Online  (grammar, vocabulary and games)


Goethe-Institut  (cultural institute)


AQA GCSE German (GCSE website)
AQA A-Level German (AS and A2 website)