Year 7

Students study languages for two of the six terms on a caroussel rota, where German, Spanish and Latin rotate.

Term One:  Personal information, greetings, numbers, alphabet, classroom instructions, family, colours, personal appearance.

Term Two:  Free time, weather, home and surroundings.


Year 8

We use the textbook Echo Express 1 together with a variety of activities, songs and video clips.  

Term One:  Personal information: name, age, nationality. Countries. Numbers up to 100. Alphabet. Colours.

Term Two:  School life. Christmas activities.

Term Three:  Free time and activities.

Term Four:  House and home.

Term Five:  Shopping and food.

Term Six:  Health. Plans for the summer.


Year 9

In Year 9 we start to prepare students for the GCSE. The exam board is AQA. We will be using a range of resources, from Echo Express 1 and 2 and from the GCSE textbook Stimmt.

Here is a link to the specification:

Term One:  Summer holidays. Using the perfect tense.

Term Two:  Family & friends. Describing your town.

Term Three:  Media, tv and technology.

Term Four:  Health.

Term Five:  School.

Term Six:  Free time.


Year 10 & 11 - Course Outline for GCSE

We follow the AQA specification and use the Stimmt! Higher course as well as a variety of other resources. 

Here is a link to the specification:

Candidates will be required to show knowledge of the following three themes, which each contain four topics:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends: relationships with family and friends; marriage and 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 and 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


There are four exams, in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. They all account for 25% of the final grade. (9-1)


In Year 10 students will study the following:

Term One: School

Term Two:  Free time

Term Three:  Relationships

Term Four:  Home town and area

Term Five:  Technology

Term Six:  Travel and tourism – arranging a holiday


In Year 11 students will study the following:

Term One:  Travel and tourism – describing a past holiday

Term Two:  Home life: healthy living, food, technology in everyday life.

Term Three:  Social and global issues.

Term Four:  Study and employment

Term Five:  Speaking exam preparation and exam revision


Year 12 & 13

‘I have chosen to study a language at A-level after discovering from my GCSEs how much of an interesting and rewarding subject it could be, as well as gaining a deeper insight into foreign culture. I have no doubt that A-level German will be an extremely useful subject in improving my communication skills.’ A Year 12 student.

We are preparing for the AQA examination. Here is a link to the specification:

In Year 12 students will study the following topics and subtopics:

Aspects of German-speaking society:

•• The changing state of the family

•• The digital world

•• Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television

Artistic culture in the German-speaking world:

•• Festivals and traditions

•• Art and architecture

•• Cultural life in Berlin, past and present


In Year 13 students will study the following topics and subtopics:

Multiculturalism in German-speaking society:

•• Immigration

•• Integration

•• Racism

Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world

•• Germany and the European Union

•• Politics and youth

•• German re-unification and its consequences

Students study one film, Das Leben der Anderen and a book, Der Vorleser.

There will be three exams at the end of Year 13: Listening, reading and writing (50%); Writing (20%); Speaking (30%).