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Curriculum Intent

Learning a foreign language is an essential life skill. As well as making travel more enjoyable and easier, it will enable students to experience another culture and make new friends.  Knowledge of a language increases chances of employment as well as earning potential and opens our mind to new ideas. It is an enriching experience.


At Key Stage 3, we aim to make language-learning fun, relevant and accessible to all through games and communicative activities.  Students will feel confident about using everyday German both at home and abroad by the end of Year 9 and will feel proud of their achievements. At GCSE our key aim is to further develop the linguistic skills of comprehension and expression, both written and spoken and to further extend students’ knowledge of the countries where the language is spoken, their way of life, culture and general civilisation. At A-level the skills acquired at Key Stage 4 are carefully honed and developed, to produce fluent speakers of the foreign language with a keen interest and understanding of their culture.


Key Stage 3

Year 8 Year 9

* Hello
* Family and Friends
* School
* Free time
* House, home, town
* Film: Das Wunder von Bern


* Present tense verb endings
* Adverbs of frequency
* Adverbs
* Word order
* Genders
* Possessive adjectives
* Present tense modals
* Future tense introduction

* Holidays
* Shopping and food
* After school
* Health
* Going out
* Film: Nordwand


* Perfect
* Future consolidation
* Modals (past and present)
* Conditional
* Imperfect
* Complex structures
  (weil, um....zu, wenn)
* Reflexives
* Separables


Key Stage 3 assessment

  • At the end of each unit, students are formally assessed in 2 or more skills (listening, reading, writing, translation, speaking)


Key Stage 4

AQA German GCSE 8668

Year 10 Year 11

* Relationships with family and
* Music
* Cinema and TV
* Food and eating out
* Sport
* Customs and festivals in
  German-speaking countries/
* Home, town, neighbourhood
  and region
* Healthy/unhealthy living
* My studies
* Life at school/college
* Charity/voluntary work  
* Travel and tourism
* Education post-16
* Marriage/ partnership


* Consolidation - Present, Perfect,                                     Future, Conditional, Reflexives,
* Imperfect
* Word order with complex

* Social media
* Mobile technology
* The environment
* Poverty/homelessness
* Jobs, career choices and ambition
* Revision of all topic areas from Year 10 and 11


* Pluperfect tense
* Jemand/niemand
* Possessive pronouns








Key Stage 4 assessment

  • At the end of each unit, students are formally assessed in 2 or more skills (listening, reading, writing, translation, speaking)
  • During the mock exams in June of Year 10 and November of Year 11, students are assessed in all skills


Key Stage 5

AQA German A Level 7662

Year 12 Year 13

* Film (Das Leben der Anderen)
* Famile im Wandel
* Die digitale Welt
* Jugendkultur: Musik, Mode, Fernsehen
* Feste und Traditionen
* Kunst und Architektur
* Das Berliner Kulturleben
* Einwanderung (Begin yr 13 topic)
* Intergration (Begin yr 13 topic)


* Consistent consolidation of already
   learnt tenses
* Gender / Cases
* Adjective endings
* Relative pronouns
* Demonstrative pronouns
* Passive
* Adverbs and adverbial phrases

* Book (Der Besuch der alten Dame)
* Rassismus
* Deutschland und die EU
* Politik und die Jugend
* Die Wiedervereinigung und ihre Folgen
* Vertiefung


* Prepositional adverbs
* Reported speech
* Impersonal passive
* Future perfect
* Conditional perfect
* Revision: imperative, cases, negation


Key Stage 5 assessment

  • In Year 12, students are assessed in all skills in the class tests in February and the UCAS prediction exams in June (speaking is only assessed in June)
  • In Year 13, students are assessed in all skills during the mock exams in January (speaking takes place later in March)
  • Furthermore, the students are regularly assessed in class in vocabulary and grammar
  • Essays are regularly set


Curriculum enrichment outside of the classroom

  • Lunchtime support sessions
  • Film club
  • Letters to Christkind
  • Celebration of European Day for languages
  • Language study trips to Germany
  • Use of languages assistants
  • Day trips to the BFI and Goethe Institute
  • Language plays in school
  • Opportunity for students to purchase language magazines