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Year 8

In Year 8 students are introduced to the German language and they learn how to form simple sentences on a variety of topics. In the Autumn term they cover introducing themselves and school, in the Spring term they learn vocabulary in order to enable them to talk about their family and their free time and in the Summer term they learn how to describe their home and their town. In addition to learning vocabulary they also learn the grammatical concepts of genders for nouns, definite and indefinite articles, the nominative and accusative cases, asking questions, plural noun forms, using the present tense in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd person forms and basic word order.

Year 8 Autumn Term Year 8 Spring Term Year 8 Summer Term

  • Greetings
  • Saying where you live
  • Spelling
  • Describing what’s in your school bag
  • Numbers up to 70
  • Using the definite article


  • Giving opinions on school subjects
  • Telling the time
  • Describing your timetable
  • Describing your uniform
  • Verb endings
  • German speaking countries


Family and friends:

  • Talking about family
  • Pets
  • Physical appearance
  • Personality characteristics
  • Making sentences longer


  • Sports
  • Present tense
  • Talking about your favourite things
  • Frequency
  • Arranging to go out
  • Info about a sports centre
Where I live:

  • Saying where you live
  • Describe your home
  • Describing what you do at home
  • Describe your bedroom
  • Using prepositions


  • Asking and giving directions
  • Plurals
  • Buying food
  • Talking about plans for the summer


Year 9

In Year 9 students continue to expand their knowledge of both German vocabulary and the grammatical structures required to form the language correctly. In the Autumn term they revise vocabulary learnt in Year 8 and add to this vocabulary relating to the weather, time, holidays and transport. In the Spring term they learn how to describe their daily routine, say what they do to stay fit and healthy and talk about food and shopping. In the Summer term those students who have chosen German as one of their GCSE options start preparing for the GCSE course by revisiting some previously taught material and also by being introduced to some of the harder grammar concepts, whilst those students not taking German for GCSE work on a project based on Germany/France/Spain/Europe. The grammatical concepts of past and future tenses are taught to students as well as word order with time phrases, the nominative, accusative and dative cases and how to use adjectives.

Year 9 Autumn Term Year 9 Spring Term Year 9 Summer Term

  • Talking about the weather
  • Saying where you went on holiday
  • Holiday accommodation
  • Telling the time
  • Perfect tense to describe last weekend
  • Talking about a winter holiday

Shopping and eating:

  • Buying fruit and vegetables
  • Ordering in a café
  • Opinions on food and drink
  • Shops
  • Pocket money
After school:

  • TV programmes
  • TV schedules
  • What you watched on TV last night
  • Saying what your friends do after school
  • Understanding others talking about sport


  • Parts of body
  • Symptoms of illness
  • Healthy and unhealthy habits
  • Giving instructions
  • Understanding a longer text
Going out:

  • Accepting and turning down invites
  • Clothes
  • Describing a party in the past tense
  • Making party food
  • Daily routine
  • Asking advice


  • Welcoming a German visitor to your home
  • Making plans for the week
  • Reading longer texts
  • Learning about a German city
  • Playing a game in German

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