Germany has emerged from a turbulent history to become an economic powerhouse in the twenty first century and leading player on the world stage. The German language has the same roots as English, but a different rhythm and more complex grammatical structure, whilst a charming vocabulary captivates with vivid imagery. This fascinating subject has appeal to a wide variety of students attracting those with musical, scientific and artistic sensibilities and/or those with aspirations in international industry, commerce or diplomacy.
We offer study of German on entry to the school in Year 7, up to GCSE and throughout the sixth form. Depending on your capability and interests you may work towards GCSE, WJEC, A level or the International Baccalaureate (IB). Hence we are able to respond to the needs of all our students and equip each individual to maximize their personal potential for success at examination.
Key Stage 3.
In Year 7 students are taught in mixed ability form groups and in Years 8 and 9 are set by ability. Setting is reviewed regularly following assessments and there is movement between sets as result. Native speakers are supported through extra activities and, with the agreement of parents, on extension work of a more advanced nature.
Course books used are Echo and Zoom, which are supplemented with additional material, including authentic resources which allow the teacher to differentiate target learning according to the needs of the class.
Year 7 Echo 1 ISBN 9780435388683
Year 8 Echo 2 ISBN 9780435389215 and Zoom 2 ISBN 9780199127788
Year 9 Zoom 2 ISBN 9780199127788
Topics covered include hobbies, holidays and health, plus many more.
Teachers provide regular written feedback on progress and more detailed feedback once every half term on achievement in relation to end of Key Stage target. Students are informed about what they need to do to move on in their learning and are expected to respond to marking.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 most students of German follow the Edexcel GCSE syllabus. However weaker linguists pursue the WJEC Global Business qualification. Students pursuing GCSE are set by ability in Years 10 and 11. The GCSE/WJEC courses start in Year 10 and are taught over a two year period culminating in exams at the end of Year 11.
The course book for German GCSE is given below:
Year 10 and Year 11 Stimmt Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Higher Level ISBN 9781292118192
The syllabus comprises deeper study of topics covered at Key Stage 3 along with new topics including customs and traditions, German film and global citizenship.
Students receive regular oral and written feedback on their progress against their target grades and are given opportunities to undertake self and peer assessment.
The range of options for study of German in the sixth form is especially distinctive as students may opt for German A level, German IB Higher or German IB Standard. Courses cover culture and history of the German speaking world, literature, political and social issues and current affairs. Fuller information concerning advanced study of German is given in the sixth form section of our website.
The German department runs support clinics for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students after school on a Wednesday. We also offer specific sixth form clinics on the timetable, which sixth formers can attend as and when a need arises.
We support our sixth formers in preparation for their speaking exams through the help of native speaker parent volunteers. Each sixth former is given a slot on their timetable above the standard language lesson provision.
We also have a fantastic cinema room for sixth formers to watch a range of German language films, an enjoyable way of enhancing proficiency in German.
Overseas visits programme
Our overseas visits programme has been designed to complement the school curriculum, enabling students of German to participate in an exchange visit to Germany in either year 8 or year 9 and the country of their other language studied in whichever alternative year is applicable. We have links with German schools in Heidelberg, Marsberg, Wiesbaden and Bad Saulgau and Cologne. A longer 8 week exchange visit to Frankfurt is available to year 10 students and sixth form students have the possibility of work experience in Frankfurt also. The visits programme enhances the language learning process enormously and we encourage as many students as possible to grasp these opportunities.
All students of French, German and Spanish should have an active learn log in. Teachers will endeavour to set emergency work from this resource for Key Stage 4 students.
All other work will be set using SMHW so students should log in to see what their teacher has set them.