10 incredible Year 6 pupils stayed behind after school to help create our first lip-synch music video to the song 'Schokolade' by 'Deine Freunde'.
Most of the topics taught in the first year are influenced by the units provided by the Goethe Institut's excellent free resource, Deutsch mit Felix und Franzi. In my first year of teaching German I found the Goethe Institut to be very helpful. Just get in contact with them and they will send you a copy of their lesson plans. I strongly recommend purchasing Felix the Frog and Franzi the Duck (about £10 for both) from the Goethe Institut as they form an integral part of my lessons. Indeed they have become unofficial mascots of my school. If you already have a teddy frog and duck they could do the job just fine. I refer to them as 'der Frosch' and 'die Ente' in my lesson plans. Other influences I use to build the Zeit für Deutsch lessons include, among others, the QCA KS2 German Scheme of Work, Kagan Co-operative Learning and Doug Lemov 'Teach Like a Champion' techniques.
Before running Zeit für Deutsch sessions, you will need to build the children up to it. This will require 8 (45-minute to 1-hour) lessons. Within these lessons are activities and songs which will be used in the Zeit für Deutsch sessions. Every topic is covered by 2 1-hour lessons so you will cover 4 topics before you can start. The lessons are:
As you read my lesson plans, you may here me refer to some structures that you are not familiar with. Here are some of the main structures I use:
Zeit für Deutsch is designed to create a love of learning German and foreign languages and part of that involves making German lessons as fun, interactive and engaging as possible. There will be no writing in the first year. Instead, you will collect evidence by filming the children in the last half term to show their progress. For parent testimonials after participating in the 'Continents 1' lesson, please click here
Zeit für Deutsch is a community of German teachers and learners. Amongst many other resources, the Powerpoints, Handouts and Flashcards are adaptable. If you have any ideas or have made any changes that you think work better then let me know and I will include them, and even mention you on the website.