Department Background

"The limits of my language are the limits of my world." Ludwig Wittgenstein

Head of Department: Ms B Reinecke

Teachers: Mrs I Baumann | Mrs H Fritzsch | Ms T Heath | Ms S Neudert | Ms R Jaehne

German is one of three thriving modern languages taught at Latymer. We promote the enjoyment and skills of language learning by teaching the German curriculum in a thorough and engaging manner, using songs, games, extra-curricular activities and exchanges to bring the subject to life. Our aim is to motivate and equip our students with the skills to engage with the German speaking world so that they expand their cultural and linguistic horizons for personal enjoyment, university study and work.

The German curriculum at Latymer is designed so that pupils will learn how to:

  • Recognise patterns in sound and in written words
  • Understand and respond to authentic written and audio texts and native speakers
  • Express themselves clearly and fluently both orally and in writing
  • Translate from German to English and English to German
  • Gain and apply a deep understanding of the grammar underlying the language
  • Understand and appreciate other cultures and people through exploring their cultural traditions
  • Work collaboratively and participate effectively in pair work and group discussions
  • Use online resources effectively and develop presentation skills
  • Discuss and analyse A-level literature and film in a logical and coherent way
  • Paraphrase what they read in German in their own words
  • Follow and discuss current affairs in German
  • Research their A-level topics beyond the syllabus
  • Present and defend arguments in compelling ways

Year 7 - 9

Most pupils have no previous knowledge of German and enjoy the fact that everyone starts from scratch learning the 4 basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing with every theme we study. Our Key Stage 3 syllabus is engaging and inspiring as we study a wide range of topics using a great variety of teaching methods (whole class discussion, pair and group work, independent learning via online resources, one-to-one sessions, games, songs, penfriends, celebrating traditions and extra-curricular activities). Emphasis on grammar plays an important role in our teaching from the very start, so that pupils learn how the language works. We encourage students to adapt previous learning to new topics and to become independent learners.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Family and Pets Holidays Music
Free Time and Hobbies Media Fairy Tales
School and Subjects Food and Health Jobs and Ambitions
My Town and Shops Rules and Routines GCSE Basics via German
Geography and Traditions Fashion and Clothes Art and History

Year 10 - 11

Our Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA German GCSE course, developing the 4 skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) further across a wide range of topics. We have designed our curriculum so that pupils have the opportunity to acquire a wealth of vocabulary and advanced grammatical structures which we re-visit and extend with each topic. This allows them to do well in exams as well as use their German skills when they go abroad. We also make frequent links to other languages to support our double linguists.

Theme 1 Identity and Culture Theme 2 Local, National and Global areas of Interest Theme 3 Current and Future Study and Employment
Family and Relationships Home School and Subjects
Marriage and Partnerships Where you live Life at School
Social Media Charity and Voluntary Work University or Work
Mobile Technology Healthy/Unhealthy Living Choice of Careers
Music, Cinema and TV Environment
Sport Poverty/Homelessness
Germany and Customs Holidays and Travel
Festivals in German Speaking Countries Religions of Germany

Year 12 - 13

We have good student uptake in German at AS and A-level. Our syllabus offers variety, so apart from developing their German comprehension, speaking and writing skills by including more and more advanced grammar, students learn about many different aspects of the German speaking society in Europe. Our A-level course offers a broad education as students learn to engage with and discuss the culture, history, politics, current affairs, film and literature of the German speaking world whilst developing their analytical and high-level thinking skills.

Theme 1 Social Issues and Trends Theme 2 Artistic Culture Theme 3 Multiculturalism in the German-speaking Society Theme 4 Aspects of Political Life in the German-speaking World
Modern family forms and relationships; the digital world and youth culture – fashion, music, TV Festivals, traditions, art, architecture, cultural life of Berlin – then and now Immigration, integration and racism Germany and the EU, youth and politics, reunification and itsconsequences

Activities and Recent Highlights

Destinations

German is a popular language choice at Latymer and our aim is to inspire a life-long interest in language learning as a whole. Every year, we have students going on to study German at Oxbridge and other well regarded universities, either as a single degree or in conjunction with another language or a different subject. Some of our A-level students even decide to study or live in Germany permanently.

Extra-Curricular

KS3: Pen-pal projects, 1-1 speaking opportunities with our assistant, German theatre performances in school, celebrations of traditions as they appear in the calendar, day trip to the Goethe Institute

KS4: Exchange with Enfield’s twin town Gladbeck, virtual film day (BFI), 1-1 and group sessions for oral work with German assistant, talks by ex-students, trips to London, (i.e. German careers fair)

KS5: Work experience exchange (2 weeks), 1-1 sessions for oral work with German assistant, talks, lectures or visits by ex-students or as part of the lecture series (i.e. on German art history, der Blaue Reiter), trip to London, (i.e. German careers fair), Oxbridge lessons, Kulturklub, Filmklub

Recent Highlights

Year 9 wrote letters to their pen pals. Both the year 10 Gladbeck Exchange and year 12 Work Experience Exchange continue to prove highly popular and successful. The Gladbeck group loved their visit in September, and we look forward to welcoming the Sixth Form exchange group soon, including a student who will be placed in the German Department where KS3 classes will have an opportunity to meet and interview her. In February year 12 will travel to Berlin & Bielefeld, and in March the year 10 group will visit Heisenberg Gymnasium in Gladbeck.
Year 11 had some year 13 pupils visiting lessons for a Q&A session about studying languages at Sixth Form, and Open Evening saw a lot of interest in A Level German.
The majority of our year 12 and 13 recently attended the German Career Fair (November 2015) and came away with ideas and information about studying abroad and career opportunities for linguists.