"Der Geist einer Sprache offenbart sich am deutlichsten in ihren unübersetzbaren Worten.." Maria von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916)

Lower School

The Year 7 German course is based on the textbook “Stimmt! 1” which consists of five units. We aim to complete them during the year. Each chapter introduces a new topic (personal relationships, family, free time and leisure, school) and presents new vocabulary and a systematic approach to grammatical structures.

The Year 8 German course is based on the textbook “Stimmt! 2” which consists of five units. Each chapter introduces a new topic (holidays, media, health and fitness, education and extra-curricular activities, fashion) and presents new vocabulary, grammar and tenses, thus preparing students for language study at GCSE level.

Upper School

Year 9

The Year 9 German course is based on “Stimmt! 3” and supplemented by materials from the Edexcel GCSE Foundation and Higher courses. The topics introduced in Years 7 and 8 are now expanded on and new ones introduced (role models and life achievements, music and media, jobs and ambitions). New vocabulary and structures are learnt; past and future tenses are systematically used and practised.

In all Modern Foreign Languages, students’ progress is regularly assessed in all four skill areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. A greater emphasis is placed on speaking and writing in Year 9. All students will prepare for GCSE examinations already in order to be on a good footing to start the GCSE course in Year 10.

We offer an annual trip in November to the Christmas Markets in Aachen, Germany (subject to travel restrictions), to provide learners with the opportunity to practise their German in a real life context and gain an insight into the culture and traditions of German speaking countries and communities.

Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9, we also use group talk, translation, transcription, and authentic materials from publications and audio-visual materials.  All these prepare the students well for coping with GCSE.

Years 10 and 11

This course will follow the new Edexcel GCSE 9-1 German specification (first examined in 2018) and will lead to the final examination in May/June. There is no coursework element, and generally candidates aim to achieve grades 9-5.

The syllabus aims to:

  • develop the ability to understand and use the target language effectively for practical communication, as well as creatively
  • develop an understanding of the grammar, sentence structure and a wide range of vocabulary
  • offer insights into the culture and civilisation of countries and communities speaking the target language
  • encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages
  • develop students’ understanding of themselves and their own culture
  • provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation
  • form a sound base of the skills, language and attitude required for further study, work and leisure.

Learners of GCSE German can also take part in our German Exchange with our established partner school in Neumünster near to Hamburg (subject to travel restrictions), . This takes place once every two years and is an invaluable opportunity to improve confidence and accuracy in speaking the language.

Sixth Form

We offer a two year course of study (A Level), following follow the Edexcel Specification detailed below. From 2020, it will no longer be possible to complete an AS qualification in German. All students will therefore follow a linear two year course of study.

Students gain a wide range of language skills during the course through the following topics:

Year 1

  • Social development in Germany (including natural world and environment, education and training, employment and industry);
  • Politics and the arts in German speaking countries and communities (including music, the media and its influence on society and politics, festivals, customs and traditions).

Year 2

  • Immigration and multicultural society in Germany (including the positive impact of immigration on economy and culture, and challenges faced by the state and society with regards to immigration and integration)
  • German Reunification (including society in the former GDR, fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism, and the impact of reunification on present-day Germany).

The course also involves the study of a film (in Year 12) and a literary component (in Year 13). We currently study the film Good Bye, Lenin! in Year 12 and the play Der Besuch der alten Dame in Year 13.

Students can also take part in our German Exchange with our established partner school in Neumünster near to Hamburg (subject to travel restrictions), Rather than attend lessons at the partner school, students complete a work placement lasting up to one week. The placements are tailored to each student’s individual interests and future plans, providing invaluable work experience for their future study and work.