Unit 1 – Ask and give personal information
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to answer these questions.
Most students will be able in addition to ask and answer these questions and talk about other people.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to extend their answers.
Key vocabulary: Wie heißt du? = What are you called?; Wo wohnst du? = Where do you live?; Wann hast du Geburtstag? = When is your birthday?; Was sind deine Hobbies? = What are your hobbies?
Unit 2 – Talking about the weather and understanding authentic weather forecasts.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to understand and employ the key vocabulary including correct word order.
Most students will be able in addition to understand the gist of an authentic weather forecast and add some further weather vocabulary from the forecast to the key words and use them in their own creative work.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to use the future tense in their own weather forecasts.
Key vocabulary: Wie ist das Wetter? = What’s the weather like?; Im Norden/Süden/Westen/Osten = In the North/South/West/East; Ist es… = it is…; schön = nice; sonnig = sunny; wolkig = cloudy; neblig = foggy; heiß = hot; kalt = cold; frosting = frosty; windig = windy; warm = warm; Es regnet/schneit/donnert und blitzt = It rains/snows/there is thunder and lightning.
Unit 3 – Saying what activities you do in each season.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to understand and say at least one activity for each season.
Most students will be able in addition to say three activities for each season.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to combine seasonal activities with opinions.
Key vocabulary: im Frühling/Sommer/Herbst/Winter = in Spring/Summer/ Autumn/Winter; gehe ich schwimmen/spiele ich Hockey/mache ich Radtouren = I go swimming/play hockey/do cycling tours
Unit 4 – The perfect tense – asking and saying what you did yesterday
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to use the above sentences.
Most students will be able in addition to read and understand an extended conversation in the perfect tense.
Some learners will have progressed further and will understand the grammatical formation of the perfect tense with regular verbs which take ‘haben’ in the first and second persons.
Key vocabulary: Was hast du gestern gemacht? = What did you do yesterday?; Ich habe… = I have…; Musik gehört = listened to music; Tennis gespielt = played tennis; Hausaufgaben/nichts Besonderes gemacht = done homework/nothing special; einen Film gesehen = seen a film; ein Buch gelesen = read a book; fern gesehen = watched TV
Unit 5 – The perfect tense – verbs that take ‘sein’, some irregular verbs and use of all persons singular.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to be able to use the irregular verbs in all singular persons with the verbs that take ‘haben’.
Most students will be able in addition to say that other people went somewhere.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to use ‘gegangen’ in all persons singular.
Key vocabulary: Er/sie/es hat… = He/she/it has…; den Wecker nicht gehört = not heard the alarm; geregnet = rained; geschlafen = slept; gegessen = eaten; Ich bin/ er/sie/es ist… = I/he/she/it…; einkaufen/ins Kino/ins Cafe gegangen = went shopping/to the cinema/to the cafe
Unit 6 – Telling the time (analogue)
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to ask and tell the time.
Key vocabulary: Wie spät ist es/ wie viel Uhr ist es = what’s the time; es ist zwei Uhr = it’s two o’clock; est ist zehn nach/Viertel nach = it is ten past/quarter past; est ist fünf vor/zwanzig vor = it is five to/twenty to; es ist halb drei = it is half past two
Unit 7 – Talking about what you did at certain times
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to use the word order rule auxiliary verb is second idea and past participle at the end in sentences saying what they or others did.
Most students will be able in addition to say where they or others went at certain times.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to combine word order and verbs that take different auxiliaries in single complex sentences like ‘Gestern nachmittag…’ above.
Key vocabulary: Gestern abend habe ich Fern gesehen = Yesterday evening I watched television; Gestern nachmittag, um drei Uhr, bin ich ins Kino gegangen und habe einen Film gesehen = Yesterday afternoon at three o’clock I went to the cinema and saw a film
Unit 8 – Talking about a recent holiday – ask and say where you went on holiday and what it was like.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to say where they went using ‘bin gefahren/geflogen’ with at least seven different countries, and say what it was like with two positives and two negatives.
Most students will be able in addition to use ‘geblieben’ and extended vocabulary on opinions.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to use all persons singular with the above verbs and use some of the expressions from the reading text ‘Meine Sommerferien’ for their own writing.
Key vocabulary: Bist du in den Ferien weggefahren? = Did you go away during the holidays?; Ja, ich bin nach Spanien/Griechenland… gefahren/geflogen = Yes, I drove/flew to Spain/Greece…; Nein, ich bin zuhause geblieben = No, I stayed at home; Wie war es? = What was it like?; Es war total super/echt klasse/ziemlich gut/nicht schlecht/kalt/wolkig = It was totally super/really great/pretty good/not bad/cold/cloudy
Unit 9 – Talking about how you travelled, where you stayed and what you did in the holidays.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will know five different transport sentences, three different holiday accommodation sentences and the word order rule manner before place.
Most students will know in addition more transport and accommodation sentences.
Some learners will have progressed further and will know all the transport and accommodation sentences and be able to say how long they stayed somewhere with the word order rule time-manner-place.
Key vocabulary: Wie bist du nach Spanien gefahren? = How did you travel to Spain?; Ich bin mid dem Auto/Zug/Bus/Schiff/Rad gefahren = I travelled by car/train/bus/ship/bike; Ich bin mit dem Flugzeug gereist = I travelled by plane; … mit der Straßenbahn/U-Bahn = by tram/underground; Ich habe in einem Hotel/einer Pension/einer Jugendherberge/bei Verwandten/auf einem Campingplatz übernachtet = I have stayed overnight in a hotel/a bed and breakfast/a youth hostel/with relatives/on a campsite
Vocabulary tests on personal information, seasonal activities, numbers.
Grammar tests on present tense verb conjugations, perfect tense phrases, the verb ‘haben’ in the singular.
There are also reading and listening assessments.
Students will be required to create a project on the weather which will be assessed according to national curriculum levels.
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/ and on http://www.zut.org.uk/index.html which is a free online resource available after 4pm and before 9am and weekends.