Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
German is a language that any pupil can study and enjoy!
The German department at Kingswood School aims to stimulate passion in all things German, allowing pupils to see beyond traditional stereotypes and encouraging them to visit German speaking countries. German is the language of business, literature, logic, music, poetry, philosophy and science. Germany lies at the heart of Europe and is the financial powerhouse of the European Union. It is a major player in worldwide business, and knowledge of its language may give any job applicant the edge. According to a recent CBI report, it was rated as the most useful language by UK managers.
German is the most widely spoken language in Europe and the mother tongue of 90-95 million people in Europe. Whilst learning German can connect you to 120 million native speakers around the globe, remember that many people also learn German as a second language. It is the third most popular foreign language taught worldwide and the second most popular in Europe. Commercially, learning German makes sense as Germany's economy is the strongest in Europe and Germany is currently the UK's most important trade partner in Europe.
German's grammatical structure often appeals to those with an analytical or mathematical mind. Lessons focus on creating confidence in communication, both in speaking and writing, enabling pupils to develop a portable skill. German lessons are fun and also ensure that pupils feel that they are making real progress. Lessons will almost certainly include songs and games, work in our interactive language laboratory.
The German department offers the following activities to enhance the classroom experience:
- Yearly German plays for KS3 and KS4 pupils produced by the Onatti Theatre group (please see their website for more details: onatti.co.uk)
- Simpsons auf Deutsch activity
- German Film Club
- KS5 cinema trips to the Little Theatre, Bath
- KS3 trip to the Rhineland (biennial)
- Exchange to Münster, Germany (in the Autumn term); this has been running successfully for over 25 years and coincides with the marvellous Christmas markets
- Conversation lessons with our resident German assistant
You can view our Rhineland Blog
You can view our 2016 German Exchange Blog
For more information on the benefits of learning German, please follow this link to the Goethe Institut: https://www.goethe.de/en/spr/wdl.html
We have just waved our 21 guests from the Schillergymnasium off back to Münster. This particular exchange has been running for 29 years. The group, led by Conny Näpel and Tim Stapelbroek, enjoyed two days experiencing all aspects of school life at Kingswood. The group also enjoyed the delights of Wells Cathedral and Slimbridge in glorious sunshine. At the latter they participated in a workshop on amphibians and fed a variety of wetland birds. Afternoons included visits to Clark's Village and Cribbs Causeway, with the added bonus of sighting Concorde near Cribbs. Mr Duke would like to thank Miss Beale and Mr Skinner for their support on the trips, as well as all of the host families for organising great trips to Cornwall, London and Bristol to name a few places mentioned enthusiastically by our German guests. Our pupils are looking forward to their week in Münster at the start of the Christmas holidays.
You can view details of our A Level course in the Sixth Form Academic Programme 2018-2020.
You can view details of our GCSE course in the Kingswood GCSE courses 2016-2017 curriculum booklet.