German

German : Key Stage 2

As the makeup of the Key Stage 2 group changes in number and age range from year to year, a fixed Scheme of Work is not appropriate. A new Key Stage 2 MFL Curriculum will be introduced in September 2015.

There are a number of resources available for Junior German including “Take 10” a DVD resource incorporating German and PE activities (published by Devon County Council)

“Ja Klar” :Books 1-3 & tapes available; (published by ELi)

“Gute Idee” Resources & “German Festivals and Traditions” both published by Brilliant Publications and based on the MFL Framework. Both of these books support specific objectives in the current Key Stage 2 curriculum.

Possible topics appropriate for this particular mixed-age group (2013-14):

  • Parts of the Body: Action songs include “Kopf, Schultern, Knie und Fuß” and “Ich habe zehn Finger” both on Take 10 DVD.
  • Martinstag: November 11th: Action song on Take 10 DVD “Ich geh’ mit meiner Laterne” as well as making lanterns to carry.
  • Weihnachten: Any number of appropriate Christmas carols and activities. (O Tannenbaum; Stille nacht: Still, still, still; usw)
  • Meine Haustiere: Pets, farm & zoo animals. Mix and match cards, dominoes, also includes colours.
  • Fasching/Karneval: Typical German Shrove Tuesday and Lent activities. Can include making own Karneval masks or Pancakes!
  • Ostern: Easter activities
  • Die Märchen: Fairy Tales esp Grimm’s fairy tales. Work towards a performance of Dornröschen (Sleeping Beauty) (on Take 10 DVD)
  • Guten Appetit: Typical German food and/ or Cafe dialogue/ role play. Action Song “Backe, backe Kuchen” from “Take 10” DVD

All pupils are encouraged to listen, sing, dance, repeat, colour and copy, but reading and writing activities are limited to copying and matching single words and short phrases.


German:  Key Stage 3

Year 7

Full Schemes of Work / Unit Overviews including Grammar and progression grids are published in the appropriate text book / Teachers Book

Klasse neu 1 (publ Oxford)

Term 1

  • Introduction: Einheit 1: Hallo!
  • Einheit 2: Meine Familie

Term 2

  • Einheit 3: Meine Schule
  • Einheit 4: Zu Hause

Term 3

  • Einheit 5: Guten Appetit
  • Einheit 6 (if time): Meine Interessen

Year 8

Term 1

  • Einheit 6: Meine Interessen
  • Einheit 7: Meine Stadt
  • Einheit 8: Meine Freizeit

Term 2

  • Einheit 9: Ein Wochenende in Hollfeld (includes past tense)

Term 3

  • Klasse 2: Einheit 1: Familie und Freunde
  • Einheit 2 (if time): Mein Alltag

Year 9:

Term 1:

  • Einheit 2: Mein Alltag
  • Einheit 3: Gesundheit!

Term 2:

  • Einheit 4: Die Ferien
  • Einheit 5: Wir fahren in die Stadt

Term 3:

  • Einheit 6: Wir gehen in die Schule
  • Selection from Einheit 7, 8 & 9 : Wir fahren / Meine Umgebung (this is the first topic in Na Klar 3; GCSE textbook) / Die Klassenfahrt

 

German

GCSE German: from Sept 2016:Subject Content:

Themes: The specification covers three distinct themes. These themes apply to all four question papers. 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

Theme 1: Identity and culture covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends • Relationships with family and friends • Marriage/partnership

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life • Social media • Mobile technology

Topic 3: Free-time activities • Music • Cinema and TV • Food and eating out • Sport

 Topic 4: Customs and festivals in German-speaking countries/communities

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

 Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

 Topic 2: Social issues • Charity/voluntary work • Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues • The environment • Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment covers the following four topics:

 Topic 1: My studies

 Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

GCSE German: from Sept 2016: Assessment:

 GCSE German has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

 Paper 1: Listening : Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language .

Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier) • 40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)

  • 25% of GCSE (Each exam includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.)

 Questions Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B – questions in German, to be answered in German or non-verbally

 Paper 2: Speaking: Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes.

 Non-exam assessment • 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time • 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier.

 The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier, but with different stimulus questions for the Photo card and different stimulus materials for the Role-play. The timings are different too:

  • Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)

 

 

 Paper 3: Reading : Understanding and responding to different types of written language.

  • Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE Questions

 Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B – questions in German, to be answered in German or non-verbally
  • Section C – translation from German into English (a minimum of 35 words at Foundation Tier and 50 words at Higher Tier)

 Paper 4: Writing :Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.

  • Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)
  • 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier
  • 25% of GCSE Questions

 

 Foundation Tier

  • Question 1 – message (student produces four sentences in response to a photo) – 8 marks
  • Question 2 – short passage (student writes a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total) – 16 marks
  • Question 3 – translation from English into German (minimum 35 words) – 10 marks
  • Question 4 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

 

 

Higher Tier

  • Question 1 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks
  • Question 2 – open-ended writing task (student responds to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 32 marks
  • Question 3 – translation from English into German (minimum 50 words) – 12 marks + 10

 

GERMAN A and AS level

German at A level is organised as a modular course. Equal stress is placed on each of the linguistic skills, together with the acquisition of knowledge about the contemporary culture and society of German speaking countries.

AS units.

  • Unit 1. Listening, reading and writing.
  • Unit 2. Writing – based on a pre-release booklet.
  • Unit 3. Speaking.

AS Modules

  • Module 1. Young people today – The family and relationships, rights and responsibilities, leisure, healthy living, education, jobs and careers.
  • Module 2. Aspects of society – Mass media, pollution, conservation and environment, immigration and multiculturalism, Germany and the German-speaking world.
  • Module 3. Based on Module 1 and three topics from Module 2.

A2 units.

  • Unit 4. Listening, reading and writing.
  • Unit 5. Either Literature and Contemporary Topics paper or coursework.
  • Unit 6. Speaking.

A2 modules

  • Module 4. Contemporary issues – The State and the individual, distribution of wealth, health issues, transport, science and technology, racism, crime and punishment, future of Europe, global issues.
  • Module 5. The cultural and social landscape in focus. Topic areas will be defined by the options within the set texts and non-literary topics.
  • Module 6. Based on topic areas listed under modules 4 and 5, together with the two chosen areas of study from The Cultural and Social Landscape in Focus.

The assessment units are taken in June each year. AS units must be taken before A2 units, but it is possible to take all the units in the same examination series.