There are 4 units in this chapter.
Unit 1 – Talking about brothers and sisters.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to understand information about siblings.
Most students will be able in addition to give basic answers about their siblings.
Some learners will have progressed further and will in addition to this be able to ask questions about siblings and understand information about other people.
Key vocabulary: Hast du Geschwister? = Do you have siblings?; Ich habe (k)einen Bruder = I do (not) have a brother; Ich habe (k)eine Schwester = I do (not) have a sister; Ich habe zwei/drei Brüder/Schwestern = I have two/three brothers/sisters; Ich habe keine Geschwister = I have no siblings
Unit 2 – Ask for and give names and ages of siblings.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to answer questions about names and ages of their siblings and to understand the information given by others.
Most students will be able in addition to ask questions about names and ages of siblings.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to understand a more extended text about brothers and sisters.
Key vocabulary: Wie heißt dein Bruder/deine Schwester? = What is your brother/sister called?; Er/Sie heißt… = He/she is called…; Wie alt ist… = How old is…; Er/Sie ist… Jahre alt = He/she is… years old. Wer? = Who?; Wie viele?; = How many? Wie?; = How?
Unit 3 – Talking about pets
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to say the basic names of the pets with the correct grammatical gender.
Most students will be able in addition to put these pets into sentences using ‘Ich habe’ + the accusative case
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to research and use more pet vocabulary.
Key vocabulary: eine Katze = a cat; eine Schlange = a snake; einen Goldfisch = a goldfish; einen Hund = a dog; einen Vogel = a bird; ein Kaninchen = a rabbit; Ein Pferd = a horse; ein Meerschweinchen = A guinea pig
Unit 4 – Pets’ characteristics
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to understand and use different plural forms and some basic sentences expression opinions on pets.
Most students will be able in addition to have at least ten more adjectives to describe pets.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to at least ten more extremely original adjectives to describe pets, e.g. schleimig = slimy or stachelig = spiky
Key vocabulary: Katzen/Mäuse/Pferde = Cats/Mice/Horses; Ich finde Katzen süß = I find cats sweet; Ich finde Hunde toll = I find dogs great; Ich finde Vögel langweilig = I find birds boring
How to help your child
Please use the vocabulary on this unit under the homework on the website to support your child’s work at home. Please test your child on the related vocab, orally and/or in writing. Encourage your child to use the sound files underneath the vocab files. They should listen and repeat several times. Please encourage your child to do learning on a little and often basis as this is the most effective strategy for learning vocab. Please encourage your child to use a dictionary or online dictionary such as www.wordreference.com to check the meaning of words in their homework book and NOTE this on the text. Encourage your child not to rush their written work but to check all language carefully, using model texts and a dictionary. It is best not to leave homework until the night before it is due in, in case there are difficulties or questions the teacher could answer. Useful supporting material can be found on http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/ andn http://www.zut.org.uk/index.html which is a free online resource available after 4pm and before 9am and weekends.
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This should help students to revise for the end of unit test on ‘My Family’ in listening, reading, speaking and writing.