Languages Provision at Nidderdale High School


Students in year KS3 study  German in year 8 and 9 for certain groups for 3 hours per week.

Year 8 German

Term 1 – greetings, basic verbs, basic grammar, age, birthdays

Term 2 – school and reading longer texts with opinions.

Term 3 - Family and friends

Term 4 - Free-time

Term 5 – home/town


YEAR 9a and 9b – one topic per term

  •  Media
  •  Health and Fitness
  •  Travel and Accommodation
  •  More complex grammatical structures and tenses required for GCSE are taught during the lessons.
  •  Food and Drink
  •  Celebrations and festivals


If time allows students will study travel and accommodation, heroes and environmental issues.

Year 8  –  3 hours German per fortnight

Year 9

9A - as in year 8

Key Stage 4

German AQA GCSE 8668

Modern languages at KS4 prepare students to be able to read and  German in everyday life on familiar topics, including more ambitious topics such as environmental and social issues.  Students are asked to reflect on their own opinions about aspects of life now and in the future and also to be able to talk about where they live, their hopes and plans for the future and issues in relation to family and friends.  The course involves internet homeworks which enable students to practise their listening and reading skills at their own pace, and are also useful for personalised revision closer to the examinations.


KS4 The key stage 4 course for all modern languages covers 3 main themes which comprise 8 specific modules.  These are taught over 2 years in 5 hours per fortnight.


Theme 1 :  Identity and culture:  family and friends and relationships; free time activities; customs and festivals in target language communities and countries; technology in every day life; marriage

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest:  home, town neighbourhood and region;  social issues;  global issues; travel and tourism.

Theme 3:  Current and future study and employment; Jobs and career choices;  post 16 education.



There are 4 examinations which are either foundation (1-5) or higher (5-9).  Students must do either all higher or all foundation examinations.  The speaking examination is carried out during the month of April, and is conducted by the class room teacher on a specific day.  It can take between 9 and 15 minutes.


Listening exam  (35 mins foundation)  (45 minutes higher)

Reading:  45 minutes (foundation)  60 minutes (higher)

Writing:  60 minutes (foundation) 75 minutes (higher)