Year 7




In Year 7 students study German which, for most students, is a language they have not had the opportunity to learn. Whilst some students may have studied other languages previously, they now all have the opportunity to begin a new and exciting language journey.
The topics covered will include, giving and understanding information about yourself, family, pets, free time, hobbies, school and town.
Grammar will cover present, future and conditional tenses, giving and justifying opinions, word order and using modal verbs.
Students will gain experience in all 4 skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This will include understanding longer texts, using dictionaries, developing prediction strategies for listening, producing extended and varied pieces of writing, improving pronunciation in speaking and being able to talk at length about a topic.
From the start students will be using and hearing target language in the classroom, with each other and their teacher.
Students will also develop the skills to work independently, in pairs or in small groups. We use the Stimmt series of text books starting with Stimmt 1 in year 7.

Year 8


In year 8 students continue to learn German, increasing their vocabulary and understanding of language formation begun in year 7. Students will build on their previous knowledge becoming more confident in their use of the German language.
The topics will include, giving and understanding information about holidays, cinema, reading, television programmes, healthy living, food and drink, daily routines, directions and making plans to go out.
Grammar will also build on from year 7 and also include perfect and imperfect tenses, questioning, prepositions and adjectival endings.
Students will gain experience in all 4 skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This will include reading for gist, practicing a variety of tenses, developing note taking skills and using language creatively in new contexts.
Students will also continue to develop the skills to work independently, in pairs or in small groups. In year 8 student use Stimmt 2 as well as various websites created especially for language learners.

Year 9


In year 9 students will be consolidating the skills and knowledge taught previously in order to prepare them for the GCSE course.
The topics will include role models, information about music festivals and concerts, ambitions, childhood and social issues.
Grammar will continue to build on from years 7 and 8 and also include practicing tenses, comparatives, superlatives, conditional tense, imperfect of modal verbs and using conjunctions Students will gain experience in all 4 skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This will include tackling longer texts, writing with accuracy, spontaneous speaking, understanding formal and informal register, transcribing and decoding language, understanding detail, developing ideas and using authentic and literary texts.
Students will also continue to develop the skills to work independently, in pairs or in small groups. Students will use Stimmt 3 and various language websites to help them further their knowledge.

Year 10


In year 10 students will be consolidating the skills and knowledge taught previously in order to prepare them for the GCSE examination.
The AQA course which students will follow consists of 100% external assessment. This is 25% assessment weightings per skill (listening, speaking, reading and writing). There will also be short translations from and into German. There are also some questions in German in the reading and listening paper.
Students will cover 3 themes over the 2 year course of identity and culture; local, national, international and global areas of interest; and current and future study and employment. In year 10 this will include the topics of school, free time, relationships and health. Students will be expected to learn vocabulary on a weekly basis using “Memrise”, which is an online vocabulary learning app.
In speaking students will be aiming to convey information and narrate events coherently and confidently, speak spontaneously, responding to unpredictable questions, points of view or situations, use a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures accurately, including some more complex forms, with reference to past, present and future events and make creative and more complex use of the language, as appropriate, to express and justify their own thoughts and points of view.
Students will have one lesson per fortnight which will be dedicated to speaking practice and a mock speaking exam in the summer term.
In writing students will need to make accurate use of a variety of vocabulary and grammatical structures and reference to past, present and future events and make independent, creative and more complex use of the language, as appropriate, to note down key points, express and justify individual thoughts and points of view in order to interest, inform or convince.
Students will follow the GCSE Stimmt course which has independent learning tasks, as well as end of chapter examination revision sections which contain tips and strategies for the examinations.

Year 11


In year 11 students will be preparing for the GCSE examination. The AQA course which students will follow consists of 100% external assessment. This is 25% assessment weightings per skill (listening, speaking, reading and writing). There will also be short translations from and into German. There are also some questions in German in the reading and listening paper.
Students will cover 3 themes over the 2 year course of identity and culture; local, national, international and global areas of interest; and current and future study and employment. In year 11 this will include the topics of career and employment, global and environmental issues and holidays. Students will be expected to learn vocabulary on a weekly basis using Memrise, which is an online vocabulary learning app.
In speaking students will be aiming to convey information and narrate events coherently and confidently, speak spontaneously, responding to unpredictable questions, points of view or situations, use a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures accurately, including some more complex forms, with reference to past, present and future events and make creative and more complex use of the language, as appropriate, to express and justify their own thoughts and points of view.
Students will have one lesson per fortnight up to the spring term which will be dedicated to speaking practice. From the start of the spring term lessons will focus on preparing for the speaking exam and will include a full mock speaking exam prior to their actual exam.
In writing students will need to make accurate use of a variety of vocabulary and grammatical structures and reference to past, present and future events and make independent, creative and more complex use of the language, as appropriate, to note down key points, express and justify individual thoughts and points of view in order to interest, inform or convince.
Masterclasses will focus on practice examination papers and improving writing skills Students will follow the GCSE Stimmt course which has independent learning tasks, as well as end of chapter examination revision sections which contain tips and strategies for the examinations.

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