Year 7 – Coursebook: Stimmt 1!
In Year 7 students can choose to study German as a second foreign language. They are taught initially in mixed ability groups but will be divided into ability groups during the course of the year. German is in a different language family to the first foreign language of French and many students perform quite differently in this language. Two lessons per week are conducted mainly in German and during the course of the year students develop all four skill areas; listening, speaking, reading and writing. We use an interactive digital course called Stimmt, which has all the latest resources for learning German based on authentic situations.
Students learn to talk about themselves, their pets and family, school, their holidays and how they spend their free-time and where they live. Students also learn to communicate in a variety of role-play situations, for example, buying food and souvenirs. Students are encouraged to taste a German breakfast, decorate eggs for a German Easter, make masks for ‘Karneval’ and participate in other cultural activities organised in school. Assessment is in the form of regular class testing and by end of year examination.
Year 8 and 9 – Coursebook: Stimmt 2!
Year 8 and 9 students who chose to study German as their second language continue the study of German in ability groups. We use the second part of the interactive digital course, Stimmt. Teaching time continues to be 2 lessons per week. Students will learn about holiday destinations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, learn to buy snacks and souvenirs, talk about a past holiday, the weather and problems, asking for directions, what you watch when you have screen time (TV, film and books) and opinions, daily routine, food and drink and a healthy lifestyle, school trips.
Students also learn to manipulate the language to produce more complex language using the past and future tenses. Assessment is in the form of regular class and end of year testing. During Year 9 students will be able to opt to study German to GCSE level.
The popular four day trip to the Christmas Markets in Düsseldorf and Cologne and the well known theme park ‘Phantasialand’ is organised for Year 8 and Year 9. Here students have the opportunity to spend time in Germany, getting to know the culture and practising the language and structures they have learnt in class.
“On this trip we had a chance to improve our confidence when speaking Germans and we learnt a lot about German traditions”
“Although visiting the cities and Christmas markets was great fun, the experience of independently living with a family and discovering their culture was fantastic.
The exchange is an amazing opportunity which we would have hugely regretted if we had not taken part”. – Annabel, Lily & Aby (Year 10 Students)