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 main one is:
The Linguascope website also has an app for smart phones which girls could download.
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 Goethe Institute in London has an excellent website with a wealth of material:
There are also some useful websites for young people: