Year 8 - NC levels: 1-4 - Coursebook: Echo Express 1

Pupils are introduced to a wide range of introductory and basic topic areas. The main areas covered are greetings, countries, in the classroom, numbers and dates, school, family, personal descriptions and characteristics, pets, hobbies, sports, making arrangements, house and home, weather, in the town, giving directions, buying snacks and holiday plans. 
Emphasis is also placed on understanding basic and fundamental grammatical concepts. The key ones introduced in year 8 are nouns (including gender  and case (nominative, accusative and dative) and plurals), pronouns, verbs (including infinitives, present tense endings, weak and strong verbs), word order, adjectives, (possessives), conjunctions (including weil), modal verbs and prepositions.

Year 9 - NC levels: 4-7 - Coursebook: Echo Express 2

Pupils continue developing their basic vocabulary and extend to more complex vocabulary. The main topic areas in year 9 are talking about past holidays, describing other pastevents, ordering food in a café/restaurant, talkingaboutpocket money, TV programmes, ailments and visits to the doctor, healthy living, making arrangements, modes of transport, buying train tickets, clothes and daily routine. 
Year 8 grammar is fully consolidated and new and more complex grammar is introduced. The main grammar areas for year 9 are revision of the present tense, perfect tense, some forms of imperfect tense, future tense, the use of dative case with certain prepositions, adjective endings, modal verbs, use of ‘seit’, use of um….zu, subordinate clauses (including weil, wenn and dass), German word order (including Time Manner Place), difference between gern, lieber and am liebsten.

Key Stage 4 - Examination Board: AQA - Coursebook: Nelson Thornes AQA GCSE German

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Pupils continue to develop their vocabulary and grammatical understanding and prepare for the AQA examinations. Writing and Speaking take the form of Controlled Assessments during the two year course, with each component being worth 30% of the overall grade. At the end of the course, pupils sit a Reading and a Listening Paper, each of which is worth 20% of the overall grade. The four topic areas are lifestyle, leisure, home and environment and work and education. The first two topics are taught in year 10 and the second two in year 11.

Year 10: Key Stage 3 topics and structures are consolidated and then built upon, as the language continues to be used more meaningfully and the students develop their independent learning. In the Year 10 Summer Examinations, the listening and reading skills are tested. The topics covered in Year 10 are healthy eating, illnesses, smoking, drugs and alcohol, relationships, families, future  plans regarding marriage; social issues and equality, hobbies, favourite books and films, shopping, pocket money, fashion and trends, the advantages and disadvantages of new technology and holidays.   The main grammar areas for year 10 are revision of the present, perfect and future tenses, introduction of the imperfect tense, gern/lieber/am liebsten, inversion, um…zu, modal verbs, relative clauses, the conditional, conjunctions, word order, prepositions, adjective endings, time manner place, the comparative and the superlative.

Year 11: In year 11 the majority of the Controlled Assessments take place. Vocabulary and grammatical structures are consolidated and the new topics are school, work experience, current and future jobs, the world of work, home, local area, the environment and festivals.  Previous grammar is consolidated and accuracy in the past, present and future tenses, in insubordinate clauses and in adjective endings is improved. Cases, the comparative and superlative and the conditional are also consolidated and the pluperfect tense is introduced.

Key Stage 5 - Examination Board: Edexcel - Coursebook: Edexcel German for A level

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AS German: In year 12 we cover four topic areas:
Youth Culture and Concern
Lifestyle: Health and Fitness
The World Around Us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the German-speaking World
Education and Employment
Key Stage 4 grammar is consolidated and built on and the subjunctive and passive are introduced. Pupils continue to develop their independent learning and give presentations, as part of their research. Effective communication and written accuracy and registers are developed.
At the end of the year pupils sit a listening, reading and writing paper, which is worth 70% of the course and an oral examination, which involves answering questions on a stimulus card and discussing their chosen topic area.

A2 German: In year 13 we cover three new topic areas:
Customs, Traditions, Beliefs and Religions
National and International Events: past, present and future
Literature and the Arts
In addition to exploring the four AS topic areas at a higher level. Translation skills are acquired and vocabulary and grammar are further consolidated, with a particular focus on the language of debating and expressing opinions. Independent research skills and essay writing skills are developed further, to help prepare the students for the research-based essay. In the academic year 2012-2013, the students will be focusing on the geographical area of Berlin and the literary text Die Verwandlung by Franz Kafka. Examination takes the form of a written paper, made up of a translation into German, a discursive or creative essay on one of the topic areas and a research-based essay. This accounts for 65% of the marks in the A2 course. The other 35% are examined in the oral. Pupils take a stance on a topic of their choosing, which they debate, as well as discussing a range of different topics from the A level course.




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