Mrs Miller, Mrs S Prince
MFL Head of Faculty: Claire K
Most students will have had no formal exposure to German before arriving at secondary school.
|Key Stage 3||
Our key stage 3 curriculum is focused on developing the breadth and depth of students’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar, structures and vocabulary. We cover a range of topics that enable students to understand and communicate personal and factual information that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests. Students are taught to develop and justify points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. Therefore, our curriculum offers opportunities to explore the target language culture in lessons and through trips. We aim to foster students’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Our explicit teaching of grammar and memorisation techniques should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping students to study and work in other countries.
Lessons are carefully planned for progression in order to advance grammatical understanding and allow students to develop their confidence in their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. There is an emphasis on phonics to improve pronunciation skills and spelling. Students are required to read and show comprehension of a range of original and adapted materials from different sources as well as provide short translations from the target language to English and vice versa. Students are regularly given the opportunity to produce short pieces of writing where they are able to use the language more creatively and with independence. We are fortunate to have a Foreign Language Assistant in French and German where pupils benefit from small group work with a focus on speaking and cultural awareness.
In German the main contexts studied are:
Year 7 – Greeting, School, Family, House and Home
Year 8 – Sports and Leisure, Holidays and Weather and Healthy Living
Year 9 – Food, My School Life and Future Plans and Home Town
Each scheme of work is reviewed frequently and lessons are planned to include a wide variety of activities incorporating the four skill areas. ICT in used regularly in lessons to enhance learning and pupil motivation. We also encourage the apps quizlet and duolingo to be used for home learning.
Assessment at Key Stage Three
Vocabulary learning is an essential part of language acquisition and students have regular learning checks to address misconceptions early on. The checks are based on class learning and all vocabulary and structures tested are on the knowledge organiser and provided on quizlet. Students are formally assessed twice a year in their knowledge weeks. The results for all of these are recorded as a percentage on go4schools.
|Key Stage 4||
Each student will study the AQA GCSE course in French or German. Both languages have a Foundation tier (grades 1-5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4-9). There are four components to the exam (listening, speaking, reading and writing) which are each worth 25% of the final grade. Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. There is no longer any coursework and all skills are assessed in terminal examinations.
We use the coursebooks Stimmt for German.
GCSE Specification AQA Themes:
These themes apply to all four question papers and build upon the learning of Key Stage 3. Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where German is spoken.
Theme 1: Identity and culture
Topic 1: Me, my family and friends
Relationships with family and friends
Topic 2: Technology in everyday life
Topic 3: Free-time activities
Cinema and TV
Food and eating out
Topic 4: Customs and festivals in German speaking countries.
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region
Topic 2: Social issues
Topic 3: Global issues
Topic 4: Travel and tourism
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
Topic 1: My studies
Topic 2: Life at school/college
Topic 3: Education post-16
Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions
Assessment and Intervention at Key Stage 4
In Year 10, students will have regular formative assessments during their knowledge weeks allowing teachers to track progress and identify gaps in skills or knowledge. In addition, regular vocabulary testing is an integral part of language learning and students are given a pass mark to achieve which is linked to their target grade. For those students with the most significant progress gaps, further support is available to enable them to improve their learning.
In Year 11, students will sit additional mock exams enabling us to gain accurate data on student progress. These will take place in November and in February/March allowing students to have additional practice of the requirements of the GCSE exam in formal conditions.
Students with progress gaps will be offered additional support.
Year 10 German: https://padlet.com/ckitchingham/4g0p7o5ev8wuruda
Year 11 German: https://padlet.com/ckitchingham/s2ovhg1r8no4zcin
Possible areas of future Studies
A Level German.
Possible future careers
Interpreter, foreign civil servant, sommelier, import and export, chef, airline services, editing and publishing, teacher, translator, journalist, engineering, transport and logistics, public relations, technical sales, international business, international banking, insurance