In line with the DFE guidance, May 2022, pupils with the key symptoms of COVID-19, a high temperature or feeling unwell, should not attend school..

Children who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to school when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend. Pupils with a positive Covid-19 test should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days.

Thank you for your co-operation.
Mr Botes


Our aim is to enable pupils to communicate in a foreign language and to develop a curiosity and fascination in discovering the world and its people, as well as having an interest and intention to travel and to deepen their understanding of different cultures.

The focus of our curriculum is heavily directed to the development of pupil’s communication skills, self-efficacy, strong and durable retention of language, independence, and autonomy. Through the 3 pillars of progression – phonology, vocabulary and Grammar, pupils will gain strong phonetic knowledge that enables them to converse confidently and provides a reinforcement of many literacy skills from their first language. They will learn how to manipulate grammar to allow them to personalise information and retain core phrases that can be recycled in many real-life situations. Through this knowledge and confidence, they will become resilient and competent linguists who are open minded and versatile communicators.

Approaches to Teaching and Leaning in German

The MFL SOWs follow the national curriculum and are designed with the demands of the GCSE in mind. Our KS3 curriculum foreshadows the three themes of the AQA GCSE course for French and German. Our SOWs are carefully sequenced, and vocabulary is chosen based on the most used vocabulary and key grammatical structures. Progression levels are planned throughout the Key stages. The target language approach in the classroom provides an essential dimension of practice and reinforcement. We constantly adapt and select the language we use in the classroom to take account of pupil learning and capability. We actively encourage students to use the foreign language as a means of communication. Vocabulary teaching is varied and in accordance with the context. It is constantly practised and consolidated. Language patterns eg. prefixes are regularly highlighted. Grammar plays a role in each topic and through interleaving the complexity and expansion of knowledge progresses as each year is completed. Grammar is taught explicitly and implicitly throughout all years and is a running thread through all planning and teaching. Phonics are taught directly and systematically, to help with pronunciation and spelling. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking are taught in conjunction with each other. Our objective is to enable students of all abilities to develop their language skills to their full potential.

German Department Staff

  • Mrs B Burke - Lead Teacher for MFL/Head of German
  • Mrs J Williams  - Assistant Headteacher/Specialist Teacher of MFL
  • Miss H Johnson - Specialist Teacher of MFL


Year 7 ... 2 hours per week ... approx. 78 hours

Year 8 ... 1.5 hours per week ... approx. 58 hours

Year 9 ... 1.5 hours per week ... approx. 58 hours

Year 10/11 GCSE 2/3 or 3/2 hours per week ... approx. 170 hours

German Curriculum Statement

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German Curriculum Map/Journey

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How we assess in German

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How we strive for quality and consistency in 'presentation, marking and feedback' in German

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How we promote wider reading in German

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Cultural Capital opportunities in German

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