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Year 7

From September 2015, Year 7 students choose 2 out of the 3 languages offered (French, German and Italian) to study at KS3.

Taught in form groups for the first term and then in teaching groups across two forms according to literacy and linguistic ability: Main topics covered: Greetings,name , age, saying where you live, German alphabet, school bag items, birthdays, school subjects,family members, appearance, personality, pets.

Assessment information

Assessment Information: Two core assessments at the end of each module in three of the six skills of Listening, Dictation, Reading, Translation, Writing and Speaking. One End of Year Exam which will assess all six skills.

Textbook: Echo Express 1 ISBN Number: 978-0-435388-97-3

Year 8

Taught in sets 1-5. Sets 1-4 are Upper Band . Pupils in set 5 will study German only

Main topics covered 2012 onwards

Unit 4: Sports, hobbies, favourite things, how often you do things, arranging when to go out/where to meet, understanding information about Adventure Sports Centre, saying what people can do there

Unit 5: Saying where you live in greater detail, describing your house and the rooms, saying what activities you do in which room, describing your room and where things are, expressing likes & dislikes about your room/where you live

Unit 6: Learning about towns and cities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Lichtenstein and where they are situated, giving the weather and understanding simple weather forecasts, describing places in a town, transport, asking and giving directions, buying food and drink at a snack stand, writing about summer holidays Assessment Information: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing Assessments after each unit

2 focus pieces to be marked in exercise book each term

Assessment information

Assessment Information: Two core assessments at the end of each module in three of the six skills of Listening, Dictation, Reading, Translation, Writing and Speaking. One End of Year Exam which will assess all six skills.

Textbook: Echo Express 1 ISBNumber: 978-0-435388-97-3

Year 9

Taught in sets: Sets 1-4 and parallel sets 5 & 6

Main topics covered in 2012

Unit 4: Sports, hobbies, favourite things, how often you do things, arranging when to go out/where to meet, understanding information about Adventure Sports Centre, saying what people can do there

Unit 5: Saying where you live in greater detail, describing your house and the rooms, saying what activities you do in which room, describing your room and where things are, expressing likes & dislikes about your room/where you live

Unit 6: Learning about towns and cities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Lichtenstein and where they are situated, giving the weather and understanding simple weather forecasts, describing places in a town, transport, asking and giving directions, buying food and drink at a snack stand, writing about summer holidays

Assessment Information

Two core assessments at the end of each module in three of the six skills of Listening, Dictation, Reading, Translation, Writing and Speaking. One Year 9 Exam which will assess all six skills.

Textbook: (linked to sets if more than one) Echo Express 1 ISBNumber: 978-0-435388-97-3

Year 10 & 11

Taught in sets; Currently there are three sets.

Exam Board and Syllabus number: EDEXCEL 2GN01

Assessment Information

  • Assessments and Exams
  • 2 Controlled Assessments will be set for each of the two skills of Speaking and Writing worth 60% of the total grade.
  • One Listening Exam will be taken in May/June worth 20%
  • One Reading Exam will be taken in May/June worth 20%

Main topics covered

Year 9 – 1. Media (first half of topic)

Year 10 – 1. Media (second half of topic), 4. Family, friends, citizenship, 9. Sport & Free time, 5. Health

Year 11 - 2. Holidays, 3. School life, 7. Home & local area, 6. Working world, 7. Environment

Textbook (linked to sets if more than one)

  • Sets 1 & 2 – Higher Edexcel GCSE German text book ISBNumber: 978-1-846904-59-2
  • Set 3 - Foundation Edexcel GCSE German text book ISBNumber: 978-1-8469-0467-7

We also strongly recommend that students purchase the Edexcel revision guides to assist them with their preparation for the Listening and reading exams. These will be on sale at both Year 10 & 11 Parent Consultation Evenings.

  • Edexcel GCSE German Revision Guide ISBN-13: 978-1446903421
  • Edexcel GCSE German Revision Workbook ISBN-13: 978-1446903483

Year 12 & 13

Exam Board and Syllabus number: AQA 2660

Assessment Information

Transition – Summer work is set on the school website for prospective A-level students

AS - One assessment after each unit (Listening and Reading to be assessed in class and a writing assignment to be completed for homework). One mock oral will take place in November/December.

A2 - One assessment after each unit (Listening and Reading to be assessed in class). One writing assignment on Berlin is be completed in October/November, one mock oral will take place in January/February, then a second writing assignment on Kafka will take place around April/May.

Main topics covered

AS
  1. Media (TV; Advertising; Communications Technology)
  2. Culture (Cinema; Music; Fashion)
  3. Healthy Living (Sport & Fitness; Health & Wellbeing; Holidays)
  4. Family & Relationships (Family; Friendships; Marriage & Partnerships)
  5. Grammar to be taught seperately
A2
  1. Our Environment (Environmental pollution; Energy; SOS Earth: Call for action)
  2. Foreign Citizens (Immigration; Integration; Racism)
  3. Today’s Social Questions ( Wealth & Poverty; Law & Order; Science & Technology)
  4. Culture Dossier (Studying a region in the German-speaking world) and (Studying an author from the German-speaking world)
  5. Grammar to be taught alongside the units

Textbook: AQA German AS Text book with online resources ISBNumber: 978-0-7487-9811-7

Textbook: AQA German AS Text book with online resources ISBNumber: 978-0-7487-9812-4

Staff

  • Miss. S. Zeal (Head of MFL Faculty)
  • Mrs. S. Abouzahrah
  • Mrs. P. Ridley
  • Miss. M. Baptisto
  • Mrs. P. Stevenson
  • Mrs. C. Stefanou
  • Mrs. M. Mustafa
  • Mr. J. Huddleston
  • Miss. N. Richardson

Facilities

Interactive whiteboards, Laptops, Digital video and audio recorders,Visualiser, Expo and Elektro (Years 7 - 9) Nelson Thornes online resources (A level)

Extra Curricular

Trips

  • Year 7 – German Christmas Market
  • Year 8 – Rhineland
  • Year 9 – Boulogne
  • Year 12/13 – Paris (combined with Art on alternate years)
  • Year 12/13 – National Gallery
  • Year 12/13 – Berlin (combined with History)

Language Leaders Awards

Blog with French School in Québec

Video calls with School in Germany