German

The German Department strives to ensure that every boy immerses himself in the culture, language, traditions and history of Germany during his study of the German language. We do this by using German as the language of communication in our classrooms and using a range of authentic materials such as age- and gender-specific magazines from Germany, cartoons, songs so that the curriculum is varied and interesting.

Crucially, linguists are in short demand in the UK and it is vital that a healthy number of degree-level linguists go through the university system. We are proud that a large proportion of our A-Level students go on to study German in one capacity or another whilst at University.

Staff Names and Roles:

  • Miss J. Laventine – Subject Leader
  • Mrs J. Kane – Teacher of German
  • Miss A. Whetstone – Teacher of French and German

Useful Websites to support your son’s learning

German Blog – http://keaston-german.blogspot.co.uk/

Opportunities outside of lessons

The German department believes that to be successful and motivated in learning the language, as much time as possible must be spent being immersed in German language and culture. We maintain this ethos by offering all students a range of exciting opportunities including:

  • An annual German exchange with our partner school in Nauen, North Germany. We visit them in December so that we can enjoy the traditional Christmas markets, and they visit us in March. This is for years 10-13.
  • An annual trip to München (Munich) in Bavaria in the Summer term (May). We visit the BMW museum, the Allianz Arena, the fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein set deep in the Bavarian forest, the Olympiapark and Olympic Tower, as well as lots of sightseeing and shopping in the town. This is for years 9 and 10.
  • In conjunction with the University of Birmingham we offer various study days and workshops at the University for the 6th form, to enhance their language learning experience and also to give them a taster of degree-level work.
  • We have a loyal group of previous students who are always willing to come into school to support on school trips and give presentations about their experience of language learning to our current students.

Course information

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YEAR 7

Summary of the Content/topics to be covered in year 7

Term 1:

Thema 1: Meine Welt und ich

  1. Introducing yourself
  2. Counting to 100
  3. Where do you live?
  4. Describing yourself
  5. My stuff

Thema 2: Familie und Tiere

  1. Do you have a pet?
  2. Superpets
  3. My family
  4. Describing people
  5. My birthday

Term 2:

Thema 3: Freizeit

  1. Are you sporty?
  2. My hobbies
  3. How often?
  4. Mobiles and computers
  5. Friendships

Thema 4: Schule ist klasse!

  1. School subjects
  2. My timetable
  3. My teachers
  4. Schoul rules
  5. My favourite day

Term 3:

Thema 5: Gute Reise

  1. My town
  2. Shopping
  3. Snacks and drinks
  4. The summer holidays

Thema 6: A project-based topic which varies from year to year. E.g. 2016 : The Euro

How will your son be assessed during year 7?

At the end of each Thema (unit) the boys will complete Common Assessment Tasks covering 4 of the following skills:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Translation
  • Grammar
  • Writing
  • Speaking

We complete 4 CAT tests every academic year:

CAT 1: Before Christmas (Family and pets)

CAT 2: Before Easter (School)

CAT 3: Before May half term (Travel)

CAT 4: Before the Summer holidays (Project)

How could you support your son to learn during year 7?

Alongside the official end of topic assessments, boys will be expected to complete homework every week. They will also be continually assessed on vocabulary and grammar, as well as the other key skills, during class time. Vocabulary tests are a particularly crucial part of language learning and you can help your son to learn the spelling, pronunciation and gender of his vocabulary list and also encourage him to use those words in a sentence.

You can support your son in his language learning by:

  • Encouraging him to meet all deadlines for homework and revision
  • Regularly testing his knowledge of vocabulary on a weekly basis. You can do this by reading aloud the English word and asking your son to say and write the German.
  • Encourage him to extend his learning by using the wide range of online activities provided via the recommended websites and the German Moodle pages.

 

 

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YEAR 8

Summary of the Content/topics to be covered in year 8

Term 1:

Thema 1: Die Ferien

  1. Comparing places: then and now
  2. What did you do on holiday?
  3. Transport
  4. Weather
  5. Disaster holiday

Thema 2: Bist du ein Medienfan?

  1. The cinema
  2. TV
  3. Reading
  4. “Screen time”
  5. Speaking different languages

Term 2:

Thema 3: Bleib gesund!

  1. Breakfast
  2. Traditional German food
  3. Cooking
  4. Healthy lifestyle
  5. “Come Dine With Me!”

Thema 4: Klassenreisen machen Spass!

  1. Rules of the youth hostel
  2. Daily routine
  3. Directions
  4. Festivals

Term 3:

Thema 5: Wir gehen aus

  1. Clothes and style
  2. Plans for a date
  3. Getting ready to go out
  4. How did the date go?

Thema 6: A project-based topic which varies from year to year. E.g. 2016 : The Euro

How will your son be assessed during year 8? 

At the end of each Thema (unit) the boys will complete Common Assessment Tasks covering 4 of the following skills:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Translation
  • Grammar
  • Writing
  • Speaking

We complete 4 CAT tests every academic year:

CAT 1: Before Christmas (Media)

CAT 2: Before Easter (Class trip)

CAT 3: Before May half term (Going out)

CAT 4: Before the Summer holidays (Project)

How could you support your son to learn during year 8?

Alongside the official end of topic assessments, boys will be expected to complete homework every week. They will also be continually assessed on vocabulary and grammar, as well as the other 4 skills, during class time. Vocabulary tests are a particularly crucial part of language learning and you can help your son to learn the spelling, pronunciation and gender of his vocabulary list and also encourage him to use those words in a sentence.

You can support your son in his language learning by:

  • Encouraging him to meet all deadlines for homework and revision
  • Regularly testing his knowledge of vocabulary on a weekly basis. You can do this by reading aloud the English word and asking your son to say and write the German.
  • Encourage him to extend his learning by using the wide range of online activities provided via the recommended websites and the German Moodle pages.
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YEAR 9

Summary of the Content/topics to be covered in year 9  

Term 1:

Thema 1: Vorbilder

  1. Role models
  2. Talking about experiences
  3. Parts of the body
  4. Overcoming misfortune
  5. Explain how someone inspires you

Thema 2: Musik

  1. Types of music
  2. Being in a band
  3. Comparing music / bands
  4. Describe a festival
  5. Interviewing a star

Term 2:

Thema 3: Meine Ambitionen

  1. Crazy ambitions
  2. My job
  3. I would like to…
  4. Working at a ski resort
  5. Understanding voicemails

Thema 4: Die Kindheit

  1. My childhood
  2. Memories
  3. Comparing primary and secondary school
  4. Grimm’s fairy tales
  5. Your own fairy tale

Term 3:

Thema 5: Rechte und Pflichten

  1. Age limits and the law
  2. What is important to you
  3. Comparing your life before and now
  4. How to make a difference
  5. What is important for happiness?

Thema 6: A project-based topic which varies from year to year. E.g. 2016 : The Euro

How will your son be assessed during year 9?

At the end of each Thema (unit) the boys will complete Common Assessment Tasks covering 4 of the following skills:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Translation
  • Grammar
  • Writing
  • Speaking

We complete 4 CAT tests every academic year:

CAT 1: Before Christmas (Musik)

CAT 2: Before Easter (Childhood)

CAT 3: Before May half term (Laws and responsibilities)

CAT 4: Before the Summer holidays (Project)

How could you support your son to learn during year 9?

Alongside the official end of topic assessments, boys will be expected to complete homework every week. They will also be continually assessed on vocabulary and grammar, as well as the other 4 skills, during class time. Vocabulary tests are a particularly crucial part of language learning and you can help your son to learn the spelling, pronunciation and gender of his vocabulary list and also encourage him to use those words in a sentence. Furthermore, in Year 9, the boys will be using 3 tenses and a wide range of structures and it is vital that your son works on this regularly to develop his understanding of grammar.

 You can support your son in his language learning by:

  • Encouraging him to meet all deadlines for homework and revision
  • Regularly testing his knowledge of vocabulary on a weekly basis. You can do this by reading aloud the English word and asking your son to say and write the German.
  • Encourage him to extend his learning by using the wide range of online activities provided via the recommended websites and the German Moodle pages.
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GCSE YEAR 10 & 11

Specification and Topics covered at GCSE

The current year 11s are still following the old GCSE. In May 2017 they will submit 4 pieces of controlled assessment – 2 pieces of written work (30%) and 2 speaking exams (30%). We have already completed 2 pieces of controlled assessment so by March 2017 we will be working solidly on past papers. The end of year 11 exams consist of listening (20%) and reading (20%).

The current year 10s are starting the new linear German GCSE.  You can find the full specification here:  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/german-8668

  • Theme 1: Identity and culture
  • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

How will your son be assessed at GCSE?  

After each unit there will be an internal CAT in listening, reading, writing, translation, grammar, speaking or a combination of skills. Assessments will take place every six to eight weeks, roughly corresponding to the end of each half term (October, December, February and April for both years 10 and 11.

At the end of Year 11 there will be 4 final exams. The speaking is conducted by the class teacher.

Assessment overview:

  • Unit 1: LISTENING (examination) = 25%
  • Unit 2: READING (examination) = 25%
  • Unit 3: SPEAKING (internal examination) = 25%
  • Unit 4: WRITING (examination) = 25%

How could you support your son to learn during year 10&11?

The Controlled Assessments require thorough and dedicated revision and memorisation. IN the run up to the examination date (these will be published on the school website), it would be helpful if you could remind and encourage your son to work on this solidly. It can be quite a dull and arduous tasks but once the boys have developed their best strategy for memorisation, it becomes a lot easier. Alongside the official end of topic assessments, boys will be expected to complete homework every week. They will also be continually assessed on vocabulary and grammar, as well as the other 4 skills, during class time. Vocabulary tests are a particularly crucial part of language learning and you can help your son to learn the spelling, pronunciation and gender of his vocabulary list and also encourage him to use those words in a sentence. Furthermore, in Years 10 and 11, the boys will be using 3 tenses, modal verbs and the conditional mood as well as a wide range of structures. As such it is vital that your son works on this regularly to develop his understanding of grammar.

You can support your son in his language learning by:

  • Encouraging him to meet all deadlines for homework and revision
  • Regularly testing his knowledge of vocabulary on a weekly basis. You can do this by reading aloud the English word and asking your son to say and write the German.
  • Purchasing a German GCSE revision guide (from year 10) to practise grammar and structures.
  • Referring to the German AQA GCSE website to remind your son of the assessment requirements and mark schemes.
  • Encourage him to extend his learning by using the wide range of online activities provided via the recommended websites and the German Moodle pages.
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A LEVEL YEAR 12 & 13

Specification and Topics covered at A level

The German A-level is now a 2-year linear course with no AS exam.

 

You can find the full specification for German A level here:  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/german-7662

Topics:

Social issues and trends including:

  1. The changing state of the family unit
  2. The digital world
  3. Youth culture (fashion, music, TV)

Artistic culture including:

  1. Festivals and traditions
  2. Art and architecture
  3. Cultural life in Berlin, past and present

Multiculturalism in Germany including:

  1. Immigration
  2. Integration
  3. Racism

Aspects of political life including:

  1. Germany and the EU
  2. Politics and youth
  3. German reunification

Grammar

A literary text and a film.

The exams take place at the end of the second year:

Paper 1: Listening, reading & writing (40%)

Paper 2: Writing (30%)

Paper 3: Speaking (30%)

How will your son be assessed at A level?   

There is no exam until the end of Year 13. Your son will, however, be continually assessed across all key skills (reading, listening, writing, speaking, translation, grammar) throughout the year. This will take the form of class work, homework, grammar, end of topic essays, verbal presentations in German, past-paper examinations and in the one-to-one sessions with our language assistant.

How could you support your son to learn during year 12&13?

All students have online access to “Kerboodle” which provides an online version of their textbook as well as additional resources such as vocabulary sheets, listening and reading materials, exam-type questions, grammar exercises and video clips. This is an excellent way for boys to extend their German at the click of a button, so please encourage this. Students may also purchase Authentik German-language magazines which come with an audio CD. These magazines are cheap and are fantastic for keeping up to date with German current affairs through articles and reports as well as advice and tips for the A-Level exams. The boys may also access the German department’s Moodle page for further resources. As the boys are studying German at a high level, they should all follow the German department’s Twitter page for fun news stories and language tips!

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  • YEAR 9
  • GCSE YEAR 10 & 11
  • A LEVEL YEAR 12 & 13

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