GERMAN

German will be a new subject for almost all students when they join Year 7.  By the end of the year, we want students to have a sound understanding of verbs in the present tense, and modal verbs, as well as basic sentence structure. Additionally, we will introduce them to high frequency vocabulary alongside topic and opinion based structures. Throughout Key Stage 3, we assess under 3 main strands: comprehension, communication and grammar.  In Year 8, we focus on using two time frames, past and present, and more complex word order.  Students will continue to expand their topic and transferrable vocabulary.  The Year 8 German trip offers students the opportunity to put the language they have learnt into practice.  Whilst continuing to extend their vocabulary base, students in Year 9 will use a greater range of tenses and complex structures.  They will face increasingly challenging target language resources and the 10-day German Exchange allows students to learn through immersion.  From the very beginning in Key Stage 3, we use authentic German songs, videos and texts to complement the “Stimmt!” textbooks.  

Those students choosing German at GCSE follow the AQA course, which has four components: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.  We ensure that previous topics and grammatical structures are re-visited, and built upon during the course.  We follow the AQA “Stimmt!” GCSE course, which allows for thorough preparation for the GCSE exam. Students can understand and produce increasingly complex texts.  They will develop a sound understanding of the full range of tenses and sentence structure.  Students can opt to take part in the German Exchange once again in Year 10 to enrich their learning, and they will also participate in fortnightly speaking sessions with our German language assistant. By the end of Year 11, students will be equipped to use their languages for travel, and have a firm foundation should they wish to use their German for work and pleasure in the future.  They will have all of the grammatical structures in place, not only to successfully complete the GCSE exam, but also to embark on the A level course.  

Studying German at A level allows students to become truly sophisticated language learners.  They will be able to work with a wide range of spoken and written texts, regularly read and watch authentic media, and become increasingly confident and fluent with their own spoken and written German.  We follow the AQA A level German course and the wide-ranging topics include current and political affairs, re-unification, Berlin, art and architecture and festivals.  Students are encouraged to undertake a two-week work experience placement in Germany and will have weekly sessions with the language assistant, as well as the opportunity to attend lectures in German and participate in debating competitions.   

KEY STAGE 3

  • Introducing yourself
  • Family, pets and friends
  • Free-time
  • School
  • Numbers and dates
  • Key verbs “haben” and “sein”
  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Nominative and accusative endings
  • Adjectives
  • gern and nicht gern
  • mein, dein, sein, ihr
  • Regular verb endings
  • Irregular verbs
  • Modal verb „können“ 
  • Town places
  • Holidays and weather
  • Films and reading
  • Healthy living
  • Present tense
  • Perfect tense
  • Imperfect tense – gab, hatte, war
  • Modal verbs
  • Forming questions
  • Prepositions and the dative case
  • School 
  • Fashion and going out 
  • Cultural topic: German music 
  • Hobbies and sport 
  • Present tense 
  • Future tense 
  • Perfect tense 
  • Modal verbs 
  • Discussing opinions 
  • Comparing things 
  • Future tense 
  • Reflexive and separable verbs 
  • Prepositions 

KEY STAGE 4 - GCSE

  • Relationships
  • Home life – food, daily routine, health, technology
  • Town – shopping, travel, directions, problems
  • Using a range of tenses 
  • um … zu 
  • Prepositions with cases 
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Subordinate clauses
  • Comparative and superlative 
  • Conditional tense  
  • Jobs and future plans 
  • Global issues – environment, charities, social issues 
  • Holiday – accommodation, weather, style of holiday, describing a past holiday, holiday plans   
  • Using a range of tenses  
  • Genitive case with prepositions 
  • Different ways to express the future 
  • Pluperfect tense 
  • Recognising the passive 
  • Infinitive construction with “zu” 
  • Revision of past, present, future and conditional tenses
  • Exam preparation 
  • Revision of the course (Year 9 – Year 11)  

KEY STAGE 5 - A-LEVEL

  • Family
  • Digital world 
  • Art and architecture
  • Berlin 
  • Festivals and traditions
  • Youth Culture 
  • Immigration, integration and racism 
  • Re-unification of Germany 
  • Germany and the EU 
  • Politics & Young people 
  • Film: Good Bye Lenin! 
  • Set text: Zonenkinder, Jana Hensel