Here at The Crossley Heath School, we really value languages and language learning. German is taught from Yr7 through to Yr13; however, it is compulsory for students to continue to learn at least one Modern Foreign Language at Key Stage 4 with German being one of those on offer. German is spoken by over 130 million speakers and, due to the size and importance of its economy, is one of the most commonly used languages in business. At a time of considerable political change in Europe and against the back-drop of a national decline in language learners, we give every single Crossley Heath student the chance to learn a foreign language and to recognise the wide-ranging benefits which learning a foreign language brings.

Language learning significantly enhances communication skills. We promote pair and group work and develop in our students the ability to express themselves clearly and listen to others. We aim to build the confidence in our students so that they feel happy to converse with native speakers when on foreign visits or holidays. Students are also encouraged to work independently and use their initiative to solve problems by making connections German and English. Therefore, through learning the German language, students also have an improved understanding of English.

Through our study of topics such as Festivals and Traditions, we foster an understanding of different cultures and an appreciation and tolerance of difference. We require students to take risks and to work outside of their comfort zone, for example by talking to our foreign intern students, by taking part in our foreign language talent show or by participating in our highly successful exchange programme.

These skills are valued by universities and employers. Languages are used and can be helpful in lots of different jobs not only translation, interpreting or teaching. In fact, many employers reward people with language skills with extra salary because they know they are essential in today’s international business world. Therefore, we aim to dispel the myth that English is enough.

Grammar is taught explicitly from the start of Year 7, as our objective is to ensure that students can use the language accurately but also manipulate it creatively. Lessons are engaging and are taught by highly-skilled and enthusiastic subject specialists who are passionate about languages. Teachers use a range of activities including games, songs and languages websites to suit different abilities and learning styles. Lessons are conducted in German and students are expected to communicate with each other and their teachers in the language. The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are practised as well as translation skills and, later, the ability to paraphrase and summarise. Students enjoy learning German at The Crossley Heath School, succeed highly in their exams and value the opportunities these subjects provide.

German at Key Stage 3

Term 1Term 2Term 3
Year 7Introduction to Germany and German
Greetings and say name
Numbers and say age
Countries and say where you live
Classroom phrases
Favourite things
Your possessions Likes and dislikes
Genders and articles
Present tense verb endings (regular verbs)
Present tense of verbs ‘sein’ and ‘haben’
Possessive adjectives
Question words
Family members
Larger numbers
Descriptions of family members
Months and birthdates
Sports Hobbies
Online activities
Plurals of nouns
Modal verb ‘können’ Adjective endings
Adverbs ‘gern’ and ‘nicht gern’
Irregular verbs
Word order – verb inversion
School in Germany
School subjects
Days of the week
Telling the time
Describing teachers
Describing the classroom
Give opinions
Describe your school
Say what you can eat in the canteen
Verb second idea Possessive pronouns
Prepositions and the dative case
Modal verb ‘dürfen’
Year 8Talk about what you did on holiday
Ask questions relating to holidays
Form the perfect tense with ‘haben’ and ‘sein’
Dative case with ‘mit’
Word order – ‘TMP’
Give opinions on types of TV programmes, films, books.
Ask questions about the past
Modal verbs
Talk about breakfast and traditional
German food
Understand recipes
Healthy lifestyles
Describe dinner parties
Understand rules in a youth hostel
Daily routine
Places in the town and directions
Traditional festivals in German-speaking countries
Dative and accusative
Imperative Future Tense
Adjectival endings
Reflexive and separable verbs
Project 1 (Term 1)Project 2 (Term 1 & 2)Project 3 (Term 2)Project 4 (Term 2 & 3)
Year 9Role Models
Create a presentation on a German-speaking role model. Present, Perfect and Future tenses
Create a time capsule of your ambitions.
Conditional tense Um…zu clauses
Write a storybook for a child.
Imperfect tense (+als)
Create a tourist brochure for a German-speaking country.
Subordinating conjunctions
Modal verbs
Comparative and superlative
Word order


German at Key Stage 4

Our objective for GCSE is to enable students of all abilities to develop their German language skills to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence.

We firmly believe in the benefits that learning a language can bring; it is a skill for life and something students should enjoy and find rewarding.

The course covers three distinct themes. These themes apply to all four question papers.

Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where German is spoken. Students are also taught grammatical skills throughout the course to enable them to communicate clearly.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends
• Relationships with family and friends
• Marriage/partnership

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life
• Social media
• Mobile technology

Topic 3: Free-time activities
• Music
• Cinema and TV
• Food and eating out
• Sport

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in German-speaking countries/communities

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

• Charity/voluntary work
• Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues

• The environment
• Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions


GCSE French/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.

Paper 1: Listening (25% of GCSE)
Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language. Questions in English and French/German

35 minutes (Foundation Tier),

45 minutes (Higher Tier)

Paper 2: Speaking (25% of GCSE)
Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes. The test comprises 3 tasks: Role-play, Photo card, General conversation

7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time

10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

Paper 3: Reading (25% of GCSE)
Understanding and responding to different types of written language. Questions in English, questions in French/German, a translation from French/German into English

45 minutes (Foundation Tier),

1 hour (Higher Tier)

Paper 4: Writing (25% of GCSE)
Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

1 hour (Foundation Tier),

1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)

Foundation Tier

Question 1 – write a message in French/German

Question 2 – write a short passage in French/German

Question 3 – translation from English into French/German

Question 4 – structured 90 word writing task in French/German

Higher Tier

Question 1 – structured 90 word writing task in French/German

Question 2 – open-ended 150 word writing task in French/German

Question 3 – translation from English into French/German

German A-level Curriculum Years 12-13

Studying German at A-level enables students to develop their linguistic skills alongside their understanding of the culture and society of the countries where German is spoken. Students study technological and social change, looking at the multicultural nature of German-speaking society. They will study highlights of German-speaking artistic culture, including art and architecture and will learn how Germany’s political landscape was formed. Students will explore the influence of the past on present-day German-speaking communities. Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of German-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study texts and film and will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

The course consists of 2 main topic areas: Social issues and trends + Political and Artistic Culture.

A-level students will study the grammatical system and structures of the language during their course. They also study one novel and one film.

Topic Area 1: Social issues and trends

Aspects of German-speaking society

• The changing state of the family (Familie im Wandel)

• The digital world (Die digitale Welt)

• Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television (Jugendkultur: Mode, Musik und Fernsehen)

Multiculturalism in German-speaking society

• Immigration (Einwanderung)

• Integration (Integration)

• Racism (Rassismus)

Topic Area 2: Political and artistic culture

Artistic culture in the German-speaking world

• Festivals and traditions (Feste und Traditionen)

• Art and architecture (Kunst und Architektur)

• Cultural life in Berlin, past and present (Das Berliner Kulturleben damals und heute)

Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world

• Germany and the European Union (Deutschland und die Europaïsche Union)

• Politics and youth (Die Politik und die Jugend)

• German re-unification and its consequences (Die Wiedervereinigung und ihre Folgen)

Literary texts and films

Students study one novel (Der Vorleser) and one film (Good Bye Lenin!)


Paper 1

This examines the topic work (Social issues and trends + Political and Artistic Culture).

Listening exam, Reading exam, Translation into English, Translation into German

• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 50 % of A-level

Paper 2

This examines the study of the novel and the film. Students write 2 essay of approximately 300 words each in German on the book and the film

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 20 % of A-level

Paper 3: Speaking

Speaking exam:

i) Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card

ii) Presentation and discussion of individual research project

• 30 % of A-level (conducted by the teacher)

The Enhanced Curriculum

Teaching and learning is underpinned by a range of extra-curricular activities and experiences for students across Years 7-11:

  • Year 10 German exchange trip to Aachen.
  • Year 12 Berlin trip.
  • Y12/13 trip to Manchester Christmas markets.
  • Study Days for German A-Level at universities.
  • Speaking and listening practice with native speakers (intern students) from Paderborn University.
  • Opportunity to volunteer to run The Language Café and demonstrate resources on Open Evening (11+ and sixth-form).
  • Calderdale Linguafest – a talent competition for Years 7 and 8 launched in June 2019.
  • Linguascope online resource for KS3-4 – a fun resource for practising and enhancing vocabulary and listening.
  • Pearson Active Learn – online resource to accompany the KS3 text books to enable students to practise the skills, vocab and grammar in each topic.
  • Kerboodle – digital text books and online resources for KS4 and KS5.
  • Quizlet – online vocabulary learning

7 Year Curriculum Plan(s)

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