Modern Foreign Language

Key Stage 3 German

Learning a new language should be interesting and fun. For our pupils in Year 7, 8, and 9, we want to provide them with opportunities to develop their spoken confidence, as well as improve their reading skills and their writing fluency. We can do all of this through the learning of German. We want to enrich them and broaden their minds; asking them to consider new ways of thinking about words and then maybe making connections with their own native languages at home.

We focus on developing important skills such as listening, reading, writing, and speaking, as well as introducing new skills, such as translation.

Year 7 Themes

Introductions & Family

Daily Routine

Activities & Sports


Year 8 Themes

Superheroes and Monsters


Spies and Mystery

Year 9 Themes

Relationships (Family & Friends)

Social Media & Technology



Pupils will be assessed in one or more of each skill (listening, reading, writing, speaking) at the end half-term.

Key Stage 4 GCSE German

There are 5 themes to be studied during KS4 German.

Theme: Identity and culture

● Who am I?: relationships; when I was younger; what my friends and family are like; what makes a good friend; interests; socialising with friends and family; role models

● Daily life: customs and everyday life; food and drink; shopping; social media and technology (use of, advantages and disadvantages)

● Cultural life: celebrations and festivals; reading; music; sport; film and television

Theme: Local area, holiday and travel

● Holidays: preferences, experiences and destinations

● Travel and tourist transactions: travel and accommodation; asking for help and dealing with problems; directions; eating out; shopping

● Town, region and country: weather; places to see; things to do

Theme: School

● What school is like: school types; school day; subjects; rules and pressures; celebrating success

● School activities: school trips, events and exchanges

Theme: Future aspirations, study and work

● Using languages beyond the classroom: forming relationships; travel; employment

● Ambitions: further study; volunteering; training

● Work: jobs, careers and professions

Theme: International and global dimension

● bringing the world together: sports events; music events; campaigns and good causes

● Environmental issues: being ‘green’; access to natural resources

Assessment (GCSE Grade 9-1)

Pupils will be entered for a foundation (grade 1-5) or higher tier (grade 5-9).

There are 4 exam units and each one will be marked externally by the exam board.

Each unit is worth 25% of the overall GCSE grade.

Paper 1: Listening and understanding in German

Foundation tier: 35 minutes including 5 minutes reading time

Higher tier: 45 minutes including 5 minutes reading time

Paper 2: Speaking in German (there are 3 tasks to complete during this exam)

Foundation tier: 7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time

Higher tier: 10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time

Paper 3: Reading and understanding in German (including translation from German in to English)

Foundation tier: 45 minutes

Higher tier: 1 hour

Paper 4: Writing in German (including translation from English in to German)

Foundation tier: 1 hour 10 minutes - three open response questions and one translation into German

Higher tier: 1 hour 20 minutes - two open response questions and one translation into German.

How do I best support my son?

You can support your son by encouraging him to learn vocabulary at home. There are many interactive websites which will allow him to do this in a fun and engaging way, as well as him being able to assess his own progress.

The German department follows examination guidance from the awarding body Edexcel. Any German revision guides that are approved by this exam board will be suitable to support your son’s progress at home to extend and challenge.

Having access to a German dictionary at home will also be of benefit.

Lordswood Boys' School Hagley Road Harborne Birmingham B17 8BJ

Tel:0121 464 2837


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