Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) - German
Our Mission Statement:
Here at Lostock Gralam C of E Primary School, we ensure our German teaching and learning reflects our school vision: ‘Children are at the heart of everything we do and Christ is the light that guides us’. John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” We are committed to ensuring children encounter and achieve the highest possible standards through partnership with our entire school community. We provide a happy, stimulating environment rooted in Christian values. Our aim is to equip individuals with the Christian Values (courage, love, friendship, hope, forgiveness, and respect) and life skills needed to "Live in peace with each other" (Romans 12:16-18), to take their place in the wider world and to make a contribution to it. Mark 9:37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me.”
Children at Lostock Gralam learn a language throughout Key Stage 2. In Years 3 to 6, the children learn German which provides them with a sound basis before moving onto secondary school. Within weekly German lessons, there is a strong emphasis on fostering an enjoyment of languages. Therefore, songs, rhymes, puppets and games form an integral part of each lesson. Pupils are encouraged to ‘share what they have noticed’, identifying similarities with their own language, as well as differences (such as accents and punctuation). They are encouraged to participate in role-plays to practise and share their learning, to develop oral confidence and pronunciation, to do sentence building activities and to complete a written task to embed this knowledge.
Due to COVID and being unable to mix bubbles, German teaching has been taught remotely. During lockdown, children were able to choose a weekly German YouTube lesson taught by Mrs Judge as part of their Foundation Subjects Club.
On return to school in March 2021, the children have a weekly German lesson which is facilitated by their teacher but taught remotely and pre-recorded by Mrs Judge. The lessons follow a similar structure: a short video to introduce the vocabulary; a chance to practise new vocabulary and pronunciation; sentence building with a partner or games with the whole class and a written activity or task to embed their learning.
The children have really been enjoying their German learning and they can now talk about themselves and how they are feeling, name the colours and order days of the week and months of the year. One of their favourite games to play is the 'policeman' game where they have to act as detectives and find the odd one out.
'I liked tracing the map of Germany and filling it with facts.' - Year 6 child
'I enjoy when I get my friends to translate my German words for me and then I get to mark it.' - Year 5 child