The German department seeks to develop ambitious and resilient linguists. We aim to provide an understanding of German in a range of themes which enables students to communicate effectively in authentic situations on their exchange visits and to be able to use the language practically in their futures. We intend to develop our students to be inquisitive and curious about German-speaking cultures, knowledgeable and open-minded as they personally develop through their learning of German.
The German department uses an array of strategies to engage students and tackle the five key skills of Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Translation. Through the different themes, students are gradually exposed to language in different tenses as well as many other grammatical elements. We use regular 10-point testing to build memory, flipped learning to give students ownership, modelling to support understanding and group and pair work to build teamwork and communication skills. Our lessons are differentiated to meet the different needs of our students. Additionally, we have the FCSE course in year 10 and 11 for a select group of students in order to support their learning journeys. Our implementation goes beyond the classroom walls and is enriched through a wealth of enrichment and oversees opportunities with our partners schools across Germany.
We strive to achieve at least ALPS Grade 3, meaning that our students are well above average, and we work towards achieving even better results each year. However, not only do we achieve a strong set of examination results, but our impact also goes far beyond data. Our students become well rounded and understanding individuals who show a cultural understanding and enthusiasm towards to languages.
Key Stage 3
Head of Department
Mrs H Latimer