Subjects
at Cockermouth School

German

The Language department’s aim is to help students of all abilities to use language effectively for the purpose of practical communication and in so doing to develop self-confidence and an awareness of how language works. We encourage students to gain insights into the culture and civilisation of other countries. We hope this will help develop positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages. We aim to create a feeling of enjoyment and achievement in all students and help them acquire skills and language necessary for further study, whether it is for leisure or work.

The department has nine members of staff and is located in the West Wing. We have six dedicated language teaching rooms, each with interactive SmartBoard and audio facilities. We also have access to Notebooks with internet connectivity and are well resourced with dictionaries, text books, magazines and mini-whiteboards.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

The year 7 course covers the following topic areas: talking about yourself, family, school, free-time and hobbies, where you live and food and drink. There are two main assessments, one around Christmas/New Year and the other at the end of the year. These assessments use GCSE-style questions to help prepare students for the demands of public examinations.

Year 8

The year 8 course covers the following topic areas: food and drink, describing facilities in your local area, clothes and fashion, holidays and daily routine. There are two main assessments, one around Christmas/New Year and the other at the end of the year. These assessments use GCSE-style questions to help prepare students for the demands of public examinations.

Year 9

The year 9 course covers the following topic areas: festivals, the media, hobbies, healthy living, planning a trip, the environment and school and future career. There are two main assessments, one around Christmas/New Year and the other at the end of the year. These assessments use GCSE-style questions to help prepare students for the demands of public examinations.

FOR YEAR 9 2017 – 2018

This is an introduction to German and covers the following topics: talking about yourself, family, school, free-time and hobbies and where you live. There are two main assessments, one around Christmas/New Year and the other at the end of the year. These assessments use GCSE-style questions to help prepare students for the demands of public examinations.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

The year 10 course prepares students for the AQA GCSE examination. Topics covered this year include: Me, my family and friends, technology in everyday life, free-time activities, customs and festivals in German-speaking countries/communities, home, town, neighbourhood and region and social issues. The assessment takes place in the year 10 exam period and involves a past GCSE examination.

Year 11

Year 11 completes the AQA course and covers the following topics: global issues, travel and tourism, my studies, life at school/college, education post-16 and jobs, career choices and ambitions. There is a mock examination in January and the final examinations take place in May/June.

Outside the Classroom

There are many opportunities to experience languages first-hand. In Year 8 there is a 4/5 day trip to France or Germany. There are long-established exchanges with schools in France and Germany and we have recently offered sixth form study visits to Spain. We run an annual language enrichment event with Manchester Metropolitan University, which uses language tasters and cultural activities in less widely taught languages to encourage the learning of languages generally. There are also revision or study trips to higher education institutions whenever possible.