The Goethe-Institute promotes comprehensive knowledge of the German language across the globe, encouraging intercultural dialogue through teaching students about Germany’s cultural, social and political way of life. Frau Neubauer, Head of Languages at the Pre Prep school has been working closely with the Goethe-Institute for over four years, developing a range of teaching materials including lesson plans, interactive whiteboard activities and educational videos. German is taught to all pupils at King’s Rochester from Nursery right through to the Senior School. It regularly proves itself a valuable skill for students in their future careers.
In September 2015 a professional film production company visited the school and produced clips for Volume 3 of the ‘Deutsch mit…” programme. These videos form part of the learning materials for Key Stage 2 and are available for German teachers, not only across the UK but the world.
The video introduces students to two new characters, ‘Karla Kakerlake’ (a cockroach) and ‘Kai Maikäfer’ (a May bug), who are visiting England for their blog ‘InsectNett’ which details good vacations sites for insects. Each chapter is introduced with a short video clip in which King’s Rochester students star.
Children from the Prep School, alongside a professional actor spent two days filming various scenes across the school. They were Araoluwa Ajayi, Katriona Cumming, Sam Davis, Mei Mae Dodd, Xavier Drewell, Alexander Hebden-Edwards, Adetola Kosoko, Max Lyon, Monty Marsh, Rebecca MacDonald, Gypsy Nash, Joseph E Terry, Matthew Saunders, Dayna Obeng-Gyasi and Ruth Ofulue.
The videos and teaching materials are available to view on the Goethe-Institute website: https://www.goethe.de/ins/gb/en/spr/unt/kum/dfk/karla_und_kai.html