Curriculum

German

German

Key Stage 3

German in years 7, 8 and 9 is taught for three lessons a week. During the course of year 9, students are given the opportunity to opt for German as a GCSE in years 10 and 11.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE German

German is studied in years 10 and 11 for three periods a week. The GCSE is made up of four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  All skills are worth 25% and are assessed at the end of Year 11 through external examinations.

Key Stage 5

German can be studied at KS5 and followed as a two year course, resulting in an A Level.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Information

Curriculum Content

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Introducing myself Holidays Role models
Family and pets Media Music
Freetime Healthy Lifestyle Future Plans
School Festivals Fairytales
Life in a town Going out Rights and responsibilities
Project work Film - Westwind Film - Das Wunder von Bern
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) Assessment
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Every half term, one of the four skills is tested plus a grammar test. Every half term, one of the four skills is tested plus a grammar test. Every half term, one of the four skills is tested plus a grammar test.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Information

Course content: Students will study a broad range of topics and subtopics.

  1. Freetime: Music/ Media preferences/ Films and film reviews/Sport.
  2. Life at home: Mealtimes/home/ daily routine/ social media.
  3. Travel and Tourism: Booking accommodation/ train tickets/ restaurants/ going shopping.
  4. School and Future Plans: Work experience/ Part-time jobs/ Plans for the future – jobs/careers.
  5. School Life: Lessons and teachers/ School routine/ School trips.
  6. Wider world: Threats to the environment/ green choices/ global events.
  7. Relationships: Describing self and family/ Problems with friends/ Conflicts/ Family.
  8. Holidays: Describing holiday preferences and plans.
Key Stage 4 Assessment

The GCSE is made up of four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. All four skills are worth 25% and are assessed externally at the end of Year 11.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Information

Course content: Students will study a broad range of topics and subtopics

  • Changing state of the family
  • Digital World
  • Youth Culture
  • Festivals and Traditions
  • Art and Architecture
  • Culture in Berlin
  • Film/ Literature
  • Racism/ Immigration and Integration
Key Stage 5 Assessment

Assessment takes place at the end of Year 13.

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing

What’s assessed

  • Aspects of German-speaking society
  • Artistic culture in the German-speaking world
  • Multiculturalism in German-speaking society
  • Aspects of political life in German-speaking society
  • Grammar

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A level

Paper 2: Writing

What’s assessed

  • One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
  • Grammar

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks in total
  • 20% of A level

Paper 3: Speaking

What’s assessed

  • Individual research project
  • One of four themes (Aspects of German-speaking society or Artistic culture in the German-speaking world or Multiculturalism in German-speaking society or Aspects of political life in German-speaking society)

How it’s assessed

  • Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A level
General Information

Useful Skills

Language learning especially appeals to people who enjoy logical thinking and pattern spotting: if you are good at maths or music, then you are probably a great linguist.

A good understanding of basic grammar in English (or another language) is essential to language learning. Most importantly, you must want to communicate with others and have an interest in other cultures.

Use of the Qualification

Speaking German will enable you to communicate with over 229 million people worldwide: German is the official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg. German is the second most popular language to learn in the European Union and ranks among the top 10 most frequently spoken languages in the world. It plays an important role as a foreign language in many countries, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. Almost 20 million people learn German worldwide.

German as a Career Enhancer

In Europe the first language of business is German. Think Siemens, BMW, PUMA, Mercedes-Benz, Adidas, Volkswagen, Hugo Boss, Audi. Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world. It is the world’s leading exporter and importer.
Knowledge of German improves your chances of employment. German companies abroad and foreign companies in Germany seek experts with knowledge of German. Staff in international companies also enjoy an advantage if they know German. In the European Union there are interesting training, study and employment opportunities for specialists with this knowledge.

Useful Websites

German TV: http://www.dank.org/tv/

German Magazines: http://www.elimagazines.com/www/en/deutsch.html

KS4 Active Learn Login: https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/

Vocab Tool: http://www.memrise.com/course/89242/edexcel-gcse-german-vocabulary-list/

KS5 Links: http://www.goethe.de/ins/gb/lon/prj/asa/enindex.htm