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German

Intent

Studying a language at Barnwell means opening minds and doorways to the wider world.
Our MFL building provides a vibrant and interactive learning space for students to develop an appreciation of diversity in other cultures and languages and foster a life-long love of language learning through a broad and structured curriculum, educational trips and cultural activities.
At Barnwell we aim to enable students to:

 

Barnwell is a certified Hub School, collaborating with NCELP, the National Centre of Excellence in Language Pedagogy. 

 

Learning Journey

MFL Learning Journey MFL 2021

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Curriculum Map 

KS3 

Subject: 

Y7 Content 

Y7 Key Assessment 

Y8 Content 

Y8 Key Assessment 

Y9 Content 

Y9 Key Assessment 

Autumn 1 

Topic Title:

Unit 1: Introduction to German and Phonics

Unit 2:

Basic Language and Conversational Skills

Formative Task:

Cognates

Key Phonics

New characters

Short sentences

Summative Unit Test: Reading aloud/ Speaking

Formative Task:

Ask/ answer key questions – name, age, birthday etc

Full sentences

Summative Unit Test:

Speaking/ Reading/ Translation

Topic title

Unit 1:

Recovery Unit

Revisiting core language

Formative Tasks:

Review Key Phonics

Improve dictionary skills

Genders/ articles

Pronouns

Haben/ sein

Negation

Plurals

Connectives

adjectives

Question forms

Summative Unit Test:

Phonics/Translation

Topic title

Unit 1:

Recovery Unit

Revisiting core language

Formative Tasks:

Review Key Phonics

Improve dictionary skills

Genders/ articles

Pronouns

Haben/ sein

Negation

Plurals

Connectives

adjectives

Question forms

Summative Unit Test:

Phonics/Translation/ Reading

Autumn 2 

Topic title

Unit 3:

Sentence Building and Formulating Questions

Pets/ Family

Formative Task:

Genders/ articles

Pronouns

Simple connectives

Negation

Plurals

Colours/ adjectives

Possessive pronoun MY

Simple opinions

Summative Unit Test:

Listening/ Reading

Topic title

Unit 2:

Improving Comprehension Skills & Developing Accuracy

Formative Task:

Geographical knowledge of Germany (map)

Reading Strategies

Compound Nouns

Describe locations/ houses/ parts of the home

Revisit genders/ articles

Revisit use of kein

Apply structure to say what there is

Rule of inversion

Prepositions with the dative case

Summative Unit Test:

Listening/ Reading

Topic title

Unit 2: Describing Family / friends/

relationships

  

Formative Task:

Extend sentences and work with longer descriptions

Apply adjective endings

Use haben and sein accurately

Express opinions and reasons

Reflexive verbs

Relative clauses

Summative Unit Test:

Reading/ Writing

Spring 1 

Topic title

Unit 4:

Extending Descriptions

Formative Task:

Use a range of adjectives+ intensifiers

Coordinating connectives

Subordinating connectives

Recognise different parts of a sentence

Deconstruct an extended text

Develop dictionary skills

Key verbs- haben/ sein

Apply modal verb mögen

Summative Unit Test:

Writing

Topic title

Unit 3:

Giving Opinions and Reasons

Food/ Drink

Formative Task:

Cultural Research (German food)

Apply range of time phrases

Revisit rule of inversion

Express preferences

Conjuctions weil, da, den

Opinion starters

Complex sentences

Present tense verb endings

Present tense- essen/ trinken

Summative Unit Test:

Listening/ Speaking

Topic title

Unit 3:

Describing Events: Festivals and Celebrations

Formative Task:

Key festivals in German Speaking Countries

Understand detailed descriptions of events

Describe a photo

Produce

extended opinions and reasons

Past tense – perfect with haben/ sein

Se some forms of the imperfect tense

Describe a past event

Summative Unit Test:

Speaking/ Writing

Spring 2 

Topic title

Unit 5:

Improving Comprehension Skills & Developing Accuracy

Where you live

Formative Task:

Geographical knowledge of Germany (map)

Reading Strategies

Compound Nouns

Describe locations/ houses/ parts of the home

Revisit genders/ articles

Revisit use of kein

Apply structure to say what there is

Rule of inversion

Prepositions with the dative case

Summative Unit Test:

Listening/ Reading

Topic title

Unit 4:

Sentence Structure and Verb Patterns

Leisure Activities/ Hobbies

Formative Task:

Review of question forms

Pronouns

Present Tense actions

Verb endings

Regular Verbs

Irregular Verbs

Negation of verbs

Extended sentences

Time phrases

Word order

Summative Unit Test:

Reading/ Translation

Topic title

Unit 4:

Reviewing Tenses and Time Frames

Leisure Activities

Formative Task:

Use a variety of verbs

Apply time phrases with accurate word order

Express complex opinions

Interpret extended passages using 3 tenses

Refer to activities you do in 3 time frames

Produce a 90 word piece of writing

Summative Unit Test:

Translation/ Writing

Summer 1 

Topic title

Unit 6:

Giving Opinions and Reasons

Food/ Drink

Formative Task:

Cultural Research (German food)

Apply range of time phrases

Revisit rule of inversion

Express preferences

Conjuctions weil, da, den

Opinion starters

Complex sentences

Present tense verb endings

Regular/ irregular verbs- essen/ trinken

Summative Unit Test:

Listening/ Speaking

Topic title

Unit 5: Verbs:

Present and Past Tenses

TV/ Film/ Leisure

Formative Task:

Time phrases

Word order

Complex opinions

Present tense of key verbs

Recognition of past tense

Review haben/ sein/

Perfect tense construction

Opinions in past tense

Summative Unit Test:

Topic title

Unit 5:

Improving Accuracy:

New Technologies and Media

Formative Task:

Discuss uses/ pros and cons of technology

Comparatives

Modal verbs

Complex structures- wenn/ dass etc.

Combine a range of tenses

Infer meaning from longer passages

Summer 2 

Topic title

Review of Core Grammar , Vocabulary and Phonics

Formative Task:

Review core PVG

Summative Unit Test:

TBC

Topic title

Unit 6:

Speaking About the Future/ Making Plans

School/ Future plans

Formative Task:

Cultural research- compare education system in Germany

Extended sentences

Opinions with dass

Comparatives

Modal verbs: müssen/ dürfen

Future Tense

Summative Unit Test:

Speaking

Topic title

Unit 6:

Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles

Embedding core language and some complex structures

Formative Task:

Use modal constructions

Use um..zu structure

Produce arguments for and against

Identify and produce 3 tenses with confidence

Role-play cards

Practise exam skills and techniques

Summative Unit Test:

Reading, writing, speaking and listening

 

KS4 

Course: 

Y10 Content 

Y10 Key Assessment 

Y11 Content 

Y11 Key Assessment 

Autumn 1 

Topic title

Family/ Friendships/

Relationships

Revisiting core grammar and language

Formative Task:

Picture descriptions

Translations

Bullet pointed writing

Extended descriptions

Opinions on family/ friends/ marriage

Reflexive verbs

Relative Clauses

Preparing for the foundation exams

Revision techniques and strategies

Summative Unit Test:

Exam questions in all 4 skills. Foundation papers

Topic title

Work and Education

Building confidence in 3 tenses and complex structures

Formative Task:

Extended opinions and information on school, post 16 and future plans

Discuss daily school life and rules

Differences between the German and British school system

Describing teachers

School and home life balance

Future careers

Future and conditional tense

Summative Unit Test:

Exam questions in all 4 skills.

All students attempting higher papers to ensure correct tier is in place for Summer exams

Autumn 2 

Topic title

Town/Home and environment

Formative Task:

Present tense

Adjectives

Negative constructions

Relative clauses

Complex structures

Imperfect tense

Conditional tense

Extended writing

Complex structures

Summative Unit Test:

Exam questions in all 4 skills. Opportunity for some students
to attempt higher papers

 

Topic title

Global issues

Build confidence in listening skills and reading authentic material

Formative Task:

What concerns us as individuals

Environmental problems and solutions

Eco friendly solutions in the home and local area

Weather

Modal verbs and conditional tense

Um…zu clauses

Summative Unit Test:

Exam questions in all 4 skills.

Students
completing foundation or higher tier papers as appropriate

Spring 1 

Topic title

Holidays/ travel and tourism

Embedding 3 tenses and complex structures

Formative Task:

Cultural research

Transactional language

Complex opinions and reasons

time-phrases

present tense activities

complex structures

narrating past events

Describing future events

Producing extended texts from memory

Exam style questions

Summative Unit Test:

Exam questions in all 4 skills. Opportunity for some students to attempt higher papers

Topic title

Assessing gaps in knowledge: topic based

Revisiting core vocabulary for themes 1-3

Formative Task:

Topic and grammar audits

Personalised audit homework tasks

Revisiting gaps in topic knowledge

Building listening and reading skills

Building vocabulary and core expressions

Exam practice and drilling of all themes in 4 skill areas

Summative Unit Test:

All exams.

Students completing foundation or higher tier papers as appropriate.

Spring 2 

Topic title

Preparation for speaking assessment

Building confidence with speaking skills

Formative Task:

Understanding the requirements for the speaking exam

Role-play card examples and practise

Photo card examples and practise

Responding to a range of questions based on themes 1, 2 and 3

Summative Unit Test:

Speaking exam.

All students to complete foundation papers.

Topic title

Assessing gaps in knowledge: grammar based

Revisiting essential grammar for exam papers

Formative Task:

Revisiting all AQA grammar:

Verbs

Tenses

Vocabulary

Complex structures

Opinions and justification

Producing 90 word written pieces on all 3 themes with confidence

Class moderation

Self-reflection and self-correction skills

Summative Unit Test:

All exams.

Students completing foundation or higher tier papers as appropriate.

Summer 1 

Topic title

Assessing gaps in knowledge: topic based

Revisiting core vocabulary for themes 1-2

Formative Task:

Topic and grammar audits

Personalised audit homework tasks

Revisiting gaps in topic knowledge

Building listening and reading skills

Building vocabulary and core expressions

Exam practice and drilling of all themes in 4 skill areas

Summative Unit Test:

All exams.

Students completing foundation or higher tier papers as appropriate.

Topic title

Exam Practice in all areas and revision of all themes

Consolidating grammar and skill techniques

Formative Task:

Extensive exam practice and reflection

Drilling and exam-based activities

Individual targets and closing the gap

Summative Unit Test:

All exams.

Students completing foundation or higher tier papers as appropriate.

Summer 2 

Topic title

Assessing gaps in knowledge: grammar based

Revisiting essential grammar for exam papers

Formative Task:

Revisiting all AQA grammar:

Verbs

Tenses

Vocabulary

Complex structures

Opinions and justification

Producing 90 word written pieces on 2 themes with confidence

Class moderation

Self-reflection and self-correction skills

Summative Unit Test:

All exams.

Students completing foundation or higher tier papers as appropriate.

Topic title

Being exam ready

Exam preparation

Formative Task:

Exam techniques

Final revision

Summative Unit Test:

Summer exams

GCSE German has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Oral test: 7-9 minutes (Foundation tier)

Skill Assessed

Weighting

Task

Duration

Marks

Unit 1: Listening

25%

Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally

Section B – questions in German, to be answered in German or non-verbally

No dictionaries.

 

35 mins (F)

45 mins (H)

40 Marks (F)

 

50 Marks (H)

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 2: Speaking

25%

Role Play

Photo card discussion

Conversation

No dictionaries.

12 mins preparation

7-9 mins (F)

10-12 mins (H)

60 marks

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 3: Reading

25%

Reading tasks with non-verbal and written responses, including one translation task from German into English

No dictionaries.

45 Mins (F)

60 Mins (H)

60 marks

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 4: Writing

25%

 3-4 Writing tasks including one translation task from English into German

No dictionaries.

1 hr (F)

1 hr 15 (H)

50 marks (F)

 

60 Marks (H)

GCSE German

Head of Department/Faculty: Mrs S Casey 

Email: S.Casey@barnwell.herts.sch.uk 

The GCSE German course aims to develop students’ ability to understand spoken and written language in a range of contexts.  It will enable students to communicate in German using a range of vocabulary and develop their understanding of German grammar.  Students will improve their key skills, e.g. communication, working with others, problem-solving and improve their own learning and confidence. By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of everyday situations required for a visit to a German speaking country.  Students will have a sound base for further study, work and leisure. 

What does the course involve? 

Students will study all of the following themes on which the assessments will be based: 

  • Theme 1: Identity and Culture (family, relationships, free time activities and technology)
  • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest (Home, town, environment, travel and tourism)
  • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Students will: 

  • Listen to recordings of German speakers
  • Understand and cope with a wider range of vocabulary, including some unfamiliar language
  • Understand and discuss issues and opinions
  • Be able to understand authentic German materials such as hotel brochures, travel information, e-mails and short literary based texts
  • Write descriptions, accounts and narratives

How will I be assessed? 

Students are assessed in the four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing. These are tiered as Foundation (Grades 1-5) and Higher (Grades 4-9).  

Students must take all 4 skills at the same tier (either Foundation OR Higher) and each component is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.  

  • Paper 1 Listening Exam - 35 minutes (Foundation) or 45 minutes (Higher)
  • Paper 2 Speaking Assessment - 7-9 minutes (Foundation) or 10-12 minutes (Higher)
  • Paper 3 Reading Exam - 45 minutes (Foundation) or 60 minutes (Higher)
  • Paper 4 Writing Exam - 60 minutes (Foundation) or 75 minutes (Higher)

What are my progression routes? 

A foreign language can give you a skill for life which could be relevant in any number of professions. An increasing number of Universities are expecting students to have a GCSE in languages to follow degree courses. In order to give you the maximum opportunities Post-16 or in employment, you are advised that knowledge of a modern foreign language is very highly regarded. 

Useful Resources

It is always useful for students to have a small bilingual dictionary at home to assist with homework tasks and additional learning, but there are also free online dictionaries available and many useful websites, which can support your child’s learning:

Summer Show 2019 - Chicago
Jay Peak 2019
Sorrento 2019