Willkommen – Welcome to the German department! We aim to offer pupils the chance to learn German in a lively and stimulating setting and to promote a love of the language and the culture of German-speaking countries.
Key Stage 3 German
At the start of Year 8, our most accomplished linguists pick up German as a second Modern Foreign Language. They are introduced to the language and culture of German-speaking countries. They use the ‘Echo’ textbook and learn the language by speaking and writing about topics of personal interest to themselves, such as their family, their school, food and drink, free-time activities. They also learn about the place of German-speaking countries within the European community, and in PSCHE sessions they will consider the importance of the appreciation of other cultures.
Pupils develop the four main skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. We encourage them to use German as much as possible in the classroom and aim to promote a love of language learning by the use of games, film clips and educational websites.
In Year 8, we offer girls a Modern Languages Fun Day where they take part in a variety of activities which aim to promote language learning in a fun environment.
In KS3, we expect pupils to be undertaking about 40 minutes a week of homework. In a typical week, this might be made up of a written task plus a learning or reading exercise. There are a variety of websites which girls might access to support them in this. We use some of them in school, and they can also access them at home. The two main ones are:
The Linguascope website also has an app for smart phones which girls could download.
Key Stage 4 German
Our current Year 11 students are following the Edexcel 2GN01 specification. They will sit papers in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Speaking and Writing are examined by means of Controlled Assessment tasks. These will be undertaken at various points throughout Years 10 and 11. Listening and Reading skills are tested in examination papers at the end of Year 11. Pupils can choose to sit either the Foundation or the Higher tier in either paper and will be advised by their teachers as to which paper they should sit.
Year 10 students are now following the new Pearson Edexcel 1GN0 specification. They will sit papers in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. All skills are worth 25% of the total marks and will be examined at the end of the 2 year course. Speaking is tested by teachers at school, but marked by the examination board. Pupils must be entered for a single tier across all papers and will be advised by their teachers as to which tier they should sit.
In Year 10, we have introduced a Reading Challenge where girls are encouraged to read as many German books as possible from the school library over the course of the year. Prizes are awarded for the greatest number of books read and for the best reviews produced.
In KS4, we expect pupils to be undertaking about an hour and a half a week of homework. In a typical week, this might be made up of a written task plus a learning or reading exercise.
To support their studies, students should continue to use www.linguascope.com and www.languagesonline.org.uk. The Linguascope app for smart phones is also a good learning aid, as is the cRaMiT app for Edexcel German.
Key Stage 5 German
Year 12 pupils work towards the A Level examination at the end of Year 13. The subject code for this is Pearson Edexcel 9GN0.
Pupils will continue to learn German through the skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Unlike GCSE German, the examination will not concentrate on separate skills but will be mixed-skill papers. Work will include translation work to and from German plus the study of literary texts or films.
We would encourage pupils to try to visit a German-speaking country and can organise work experience for them. This is an invaluable way to learn the language and it can also provide an insight into the culture of another country.
Pupils should expect to undertake at least three hours of homework each week. They should be prepared to read widely around the subject and should be used to accessing German websites and radio or television stations in order to keep up to date with current affairs.
There is a great deal of information on the internet which pupils can use to support their study of German.
The Edexcel website will help with information about the examination itself:
The Goethe Institute in London has an excellent website with a wealth of material:
There are also some useful websites for young people:
Pupils are advised to try to listen to the news in German:
Page updated Sept 2016