The department consists of 1 full-time and 1 part-time teacher. All students start with German in Year 7 and learn German for 2 lessons a week. In Years 8 and 9 pupils also have 4 lessons per fortnight. At KS3 students use the Echo course, which is supplemented by a variety of other materials. By the end of Year 9 pupils will have been taught all major grammatical concepts, e.g. the Present, Past, and the Future Tenses, as well as different types of sentence building via linking words, inversion, and prepositions. At KS4 the AQA course is followed, using the AQA textbook and kerboodle. It contains all the topics required to prepare pupils for the GCSE-examination and uses a communicative approach linked to solid teaching of grammar. Pupils will cover the following themes: 1: Identity and Culture, 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest and 3: Current and future study and employment. Pupils are assessed in all 4 skills at the end of the two-year GCSE course at either foundation or higher level. At A Level we follow the AQA syllabus. The A Level course covers the broad themes of social issues and trends and political, artistic and intellectual culture and includes the study of a film or a literary work. Grammar is an important part of the course and builds on foundations laid at GCSE.
Year 11 students and 6th formers are involved in mentoring students in the lower school, focusing on individual areas of concerns and support students in preparation for exams.
The German department caters for all needs in lessons and more able students are set challenging tasks and encouraged to become more inquisitive researchers and learners, going beyond the curriculum in their own work and reading.
We encourage a broader interest in the culture of Germany at all levels and films, magazines and books can be borrowed from the German department and the school library. We also run a Year 7 Rhineland trip every other year.
Facts about Germany - https://www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.de/en
Languages online - https://www.languagesonline.org.uk
Online dictionairies - https://www.leo.org