German is a language at King’s Rochester and those who take it to GCSE and beyond will find that they have a distinct advantage when making their university applications and later, in the world of work, as proficiency in this important European language becomes more desirable.

All four skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) are covered, and various cultural topics, grammar aspects and vocabulary are taught.

Curriculum topics include:

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

Previously learned vocabulary and grammar are extended and pupils gain more independence and confidence in their use of the German language. The GCSE examination consists of four papers testing all four skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing. All papers will be available at Foundation and Higher Tier level.

To support and enhance their learning, pupils will be taught using the Stimmt! GCSE book and get access to online-based vocabulary and grammar learning programmes.

A trip to Berlin gives the pupils the opportunity to learn about German culture firsthand and practise what they have learned in class.

During the two-year course, pupils will become more independent and confident in their use and understanding of the German language – they will be able to communicate with native speakers of German in a wide variety of topic areas.

Examination Board: AQA
Specification: 8668

Heidi Gibson – Head of German