Ercall Wood Academy

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The MFL Department is staffed by three experienced and dedicated teachers who offer a great variety of skills and a wide range of talents.

The Department is well resourced with traditional resources, such as reading books, language texts and schemes of learning, and this is complimented with the latest electronic and media technology. Each class has access to laptops, that can be booked and interactive screens which all our staff are fully trained to use.

Students are grouped in sets according to ability and prior performance; this is to enable our staff to create a personalised learning environment for every student. Throughout the five years that students are with us, they will focus on four areas, such as listening, speaking, writing and reading skills. We strive to ensure that every student makes outstanding progress and to this catch up sessions are available to those who need it.

A wide range of activities are organised for your child every year to support the linguistic and cultural experiences in the classroom; some of our past activities ( German trip to Trier, Barcelona trip, Christmas market trip, Languages day etc.) can be found on our Twitter page.

Mrs Silvia Bastow (Head of Department)

Mrs Gillian Purser (German teacher)

Mrs Sarah Marston-Jones (German teacher)

Key Stage 3

All students in KS3 years 7 and 8 receive three lessons of German per fortnight. In year 7, pupils are taught 3 lessons per fortnight and they are put into sets based on their KS2 data. The course book is “Stimmt 1” and pupils study the topics of:

1. Greeting and introducing oneself 2. School 3. Family and friends 4. Free-time 5. Home 6. Towns and Countries

In year 8, pupils are taught German in set groups based on their year 7 progress data – three lessons per fortnight.

The course book is either ‘Echo 2’ (sets 2e, 3e, 2w, 3w and 4w) or “Stimmt 2” (sets 1e and 1w) and pupils study the topics of:

  1. Holidays
  2. Food and shopping
  3. After school
  4. Health
  5. We are going out
  6. Exchange

 Key Stage 4

Students are able to go on to take German as an optional GCSE subject in years 9, 10 and 11. Other accredited languages GCSE is offered to other pupils who bilingual or monolingual due personal circumstances. Pupils will start to study the new GSCE Edexcel course in September covering four language skills – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing each worth 25% of their final grade. The GCSE is based on final exam in year 11. The topics covered in this 2 or 3 year course are:

3 year course:

Year 9:

• School • Identity and culture (free time, personal relationships)

Year 10:

• Identity and culture (daily routine) • Local area, holiday and travel

Year 11

• Future aspirations, study and work

• International and global dimension

Exam preparation -

2 year course:

Year 10:

• School • Identity and culture (free time, personal relationships, daily routine) • Local area, holiday and travel

Year 11

• Future aspirations, study and work

• International and global dimension

Exam preparation -


  • Social Development

Studying authentic texts allows pupils to consider how people in other countries live as well as themselves and their peers. Speaking activities in pairs and groups allow pupils to appreciate the diverse society in which we live.  Pupils are learning to use formal and informal language and circumstances when these two are applied in.  The importance of living in a multicultural world is shown via variety of ways such as videos, school trips abroad and to local universities and through using ICT.

  • Moral Development

Dialogues on a variety of topics such as healthy living, drugs, immigration, racism and environment allow pupils to voice their opinions in a safe environment. They are encouraged to make their own moral judgements.

  • Spiritual Development

Studying literature allows pupils to develop their critical thinking skills and encourages a sense of awe and wonder in pupils. Life of Anna Frank, The secret life of the Berlin Wall allow the students to question the world in which they live in. They also enrich pupils’ cultural and historical awareness of the countries which language they study.

  • Cultural Development

Studying customs such St Nikolaus Tag, St Martins Tag, Christmas, Fasching, Easter enable pupils to explore cultures different from their own. Debate inevitably arises from this as differences are identified and explored.