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KS3 

Subject: 

Y7 Content 

Y7 Key Assessment 

Y8 Content 

Y8 Key Assessment 

Y9 Content 

Y9 Key Assessment 

Autumn 1 

Topic title 

Cultural Awareness 

Jolly Phonics 

Introducing Yourself 

Name/ age/ where you live 

Formative Task: 

Introduction to German 

Phonics 

Basic conversational skills 

Summative Unit Test: Speaking/ Listening/ Reading 

Topic title 

Free time 

Formative Task: 

 Recap of present tense verb endings 

Extended  and complex sentences 

Perfect tense 

Summative Unit Test: 

Reading/ writing 

Topic title 

Family/ Friendships/ 

Relationships  

Formative Task: 

Picture descriptions 

Translations 

Bullet pointed writing 

 Extended descriptions 

Opinions on family/ friends/ marriage 

Summative Unit Test: 

Writing and Listening 

Autumn 2 

Topic title 

Pets/ /colours/ family/ birthdays/ months/ dates 

Formative Task: 

Sentence building 

Using plurals 

Definite/ indefinite articles 

Question forms 

Verb forms in present tense 

Summative Unit Test: 

Listening/ Reading 

Topic title 

Daily Routine 

Formative Task: 

Using reflexive and separable verbs 

Word order 

Perfect tense 

Summative Unit Test: 

Listening/ reading/ Translation 

Topic title 

Customs & Festivals 

Formative Task: 

  

Cultural texts/ passages 

Picture description 

Writing/ speaking tasks 

 Summative Unit Test: 

Speaking and Reading 

Spring 1 

Topic title 

Describing appearance and personality 

Formative Task: 

Building detailed descriptions 

Summative Unit Test: 

Writing 

Topic title 

School  

Formative Task: 

Extended opinions. 

Building in a range of structures 

Future tense 

Summative Unit Test: 

Listening 

Topic title 

Leisure Activities 

Formative Task: 

Listening passages/ reading articles  

Combining tenses 

Describing a film/ tv programme 

Summative Unit Test:  

Reading and writing 

Spring 2 

Topic title 

 House and Home 

Formative Task: 

Dictionary skills/ Reading strategies/ extended sentences 

Word order 

Accusative/ dative case 

Summative Unit Test:  

Reading/ Writing 

Topic title 

Future Plans 

Formative Task: 

Future tense 

Word order 

Summative Unit Test: 

Speaking  

Topic title 

Modern Technology 

Formative Task: 

Uses/ disadvantages of different types of technologies 

Summative Unit Test: 

Speaking and listening 

Summer 1 

Topic title 

 Food and drink 

Formative Task: 

Giving opinions and reasons 

Complex sentences 

Past tense 

Summative Unit Test: 

Listening and Reading 

Topic title 

Local Area 

Formative Task: 

Accuracy of sentences 

Adjectival endings 

Comparatives 

superlatives 

Summative Unit Test: 

Writing 

Topic title 

Sport and healthy Living 

Formative Task: 

 Healthy / unhealthy lifestyles 

Social issues 

Range of tenses 

Summative Unit Test: 

Writing and Listening 

Summer 2 

Topic title 

Formative Task: 

Summative Unit Test: 

Topic title 

Health and Fitness 

Formative Task: 

Combining tenses 

Conditional tense 

Summative Unit Test: 

Listening 

Topic title 

Theme 1 Consolidation 

Formative Task: 

Practise exam skills and techniques 

Summative Unit Test: 

  All skills 

KS4 

Course: 

Y10 Content 

Y10 Key Assessment 

Y11 Content 

Y11 Key Assessment 

Autumn 1 

Topic title 

Family/ Friendships/ 

Relationships 

Formative Task: 

Picture descriptions 

Translations 

Bullet pointed writing 

 Extended descriptions 

Opinions on family/ friends/ marriage 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Topic title 

 Work and Education 

Formative Task: 

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

   

Discuss daily school life and rules 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Autumn 2 

Topic title 

Healthy/ unhealthy lifestyles 

Formative Task: 

 Analyse Healthy / unhealthy lifestyles 

 Use modal verbs to  

Social issues 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Topic title 

 Customs and festivals 

Formative Task: 

Cultural texts/ passages 

Picture description 

Writing/ speaking tasks 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Spring 1 

Topic title 

Free time  Activities/ Media / Technology 

Formative Task: 

Listening passages/ reading articles  

Combining tenses 

Describing a film/ tv programme 

Uses/ disadvantages of different types of technologies 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Topic title 

  Global issues 

Formative Task: 

Environmental problems and solutions 

Eco friendly solutions in the home and local area 

Weather 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Spring 2 

Topic title 

Local area 

Formative Task: 

Extended descriptions of home and town  

Discuss opportunities for different age groups in the area 

Advantages/ disadvantages of the locality 

Ideal places to live 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Topic title 

Social Issues 

Formative Task: 

Poverty/ homelessness/ unemployment. 

Charity/ voluntary work 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Summer 1 

Topic title 

 Travel and Tourism 

Formative Task: 

Plans, preferences and experiences of travel 

Weather 

Transport options 

Making reservations/ buying tickets 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Topic title 

Exam Practice in all areas and revision of all themes 

Formative Task: 

Summative Unit Test: 

Summer 2 

Topic title 

 Consolidation of Themes 1+2 

Formative Task: 

Exam practice and drilling of all techniques in 4 skill areas 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Topic title 

Formative Task: 

Summative Unit Test: 

GCSE German* 

Head of Department/Faculty: Mrs S Casey 

Email: S.Casey@barnwell.herts.sch.uk 

GCSE German 

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 

  • Develop translation skills 

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.