German

German

German

Key Stage 3
Yr7 Assessment
Yr8 Assessment
Key Stage 4
Yr11 Assessment
Key Stage 5

Key Stage 3

Year 7
German is studied once per week as a starter/introductory course by all Year 7 students, following the Stimmt 1 course. Topics taught are: My World, Family and Pets and Free-time. Students are assessed at the end of each module. All students have access to our online interactive “Active Learn” package.

Year 8
Students in Year 8 also learn German using the Stimmt 1 course. They have two lessons of German per week as an accelerated course and topics taught are: My World, Family and Pets, Free-time, School and Holidays. Students are assessed every half term at the end of each module. All students have access to our online interactive “Active Learn” package.

Key Stage 4

GCSE (Exam Board: Edexcel) – New Specification (2016 – first exams 2018)

What do students study in lessons?
This new GCSE enables students to explore a variety of units such as School, Free-time, Relationships, Home Life, Local Area, Travel, Careers and Work and Environment. All these topics are assessed via the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.  Students develop these skills through a variety of activities involving the use of our “Active Learn” online subscription, translations and literary texts.

As part of the course we offer a 5-day study visit to Berlin in October of Year 11 which enables the students to practise their language in real life situations and to gain a deeper understanding of the emergence of post-war Germany and how it has become the successful country it is today. The visit is extremely rewarding and leaves a long-lasting impression.

Students will also be offered the opportunity to participate in our German Exchange in Years 10 and 11. The link with our partner school in Karlsruhe is very strong and exchanges have been taking place for over 30 years. It is an ideal chance for the students to experience first-hand what it is like to live in Germany and to speak in German with their host family.

Assessment
All four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are assessed by exam at the end of the course – worth 25% each. The new specification is externally marked.

 

Yr11 Assessment

Please click the link below to access the German Personal Learner Checklist:

Personal Learner Checklist – German

 

 

Key Stage 5

AS and A2 (Exam Board: Edexcel) – New Specification (2016 – first exams 2017 for AS and 2018 for A2)

What do students study in lessons?
This practical course places equal emphasis on the four skills already explored in some depth at GCSE: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Once the majority of grammatical constructions have been taught, almost all lessons will be delivered in German. This greatly improves listening and speaking skills. The German Exchange to Karlsruhe is also offered as an opportunity to Year 12 students to improve these skills and to experience German culture with a host family. All students have access to our online interactive “Dynamic Learning” package.

Topics for AS

AS topics set in the context of Germany and/or German speaking countries and communities include: Nature and Environment, Education, The World of Work, Music, Media, Customs and Traditions.

Students also study one literary work which can be either a book, a play or a film, which provides a further insight into the culture of Germany.

Topics for A’level

A’ level topics set in the context of Germany include: Integration and Multiculturalism, Economic and Social Effects of Immigration, Society in the GDR before Reunification and Germany since Reunification.

Students also study two literary works; either two literary texts or one literary text and one film, which further students’ understanding of classic and contemporary literature.

Assessment

Units for AS:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation.

(40%) 1hr 50 mins.

Paper 2: Written response to a literary work, grammar and translation.

(30%) 1hr 40 mins.

Paper 3: Speaking.

(30%) 30 mins approx. including 15 mins. preparation time.

 

Units for A level:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation.

(40%) 1hr 50 mins.

Paper 2: Written response to two literary works and translation.

(30%) 2hrs 40 mins.

Paper 3: Speaking.

(30%) 23 minutes approx. including 5 mins. preparation time.

All units are externally marked by the exam board.