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German KS3

In Years 7 to 11, in addition to textbooks, we use digital online courses, namely Stimmt at KS3 and Kerboodle at KS4. Students have access to these resources through the and the websites. These can be used both to reinforce and to extend vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. Other materials to support and extend their learning are available on the departmental firefly pages.


  • To promote an interest in and encourage active engagement in learning German.
  • To develop cultural awareness of Germany as well as other German speaking countries.
  • To enable students to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources and discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in German.
  • To enable students to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • To enable students to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.


Year 7
Year 8
  • Key vocabulary – Introductions, numbers, alphabet, basic personal details, pets, family, colours, descriptions (physical and personality) sports and free time, school subjects, opinions
  • Key vocabulary – describing a town, comparing places then and now, holidays including activities, places to stay and problems, weather, media, reading, TV and films, food, healthy lifestyles, clothes
  • Key grammar – nouns and their gender, question formation, present tense regular and irregular verbs, possessive adjectives, using kann + infinitive verb, word order, adjectives
  • Key grammar – future tense, basic imperfect tense, perfect tense, modal verbs, prepositions with the dative case, the du form of the imperative, wenn- and weil- subordinate clauses
  • Key skills – dictionary skills, ways to extend writing and speaking, comprehension techniques, basic translation skills
  • Key skills – note taking skills, reading and listening for gist, ways to extend writing and speaking, comprehension techniques, extended translation skills


Key assessment details:

Students will be assessed regularly using vocabulary tests and ongoing assessment during lessons as well as through homework tasks. There will be formal assessment points during the year where the students will be tested in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.


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