German plays an important role in the life of the children in the Pre-Preparatory School.The children enjoy many super German traditions such as Zuckertüte (gift bags) being presented to each child on their first day of full-time School in Reception class and a visit from St Nikolaus on 6th December each year. At assembly-time, all children also learn to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ in German to children in the School, when they are celebrating their birthdays.
A German specialist teacher teaches a daily lesson of German to all children from Reception class through to Year 3. Nursery children receive fun, activity-based sessions in German on a twice weekly basis.
All lessons are age-appropriate and include an element of fun, with songs, games and puppets featuring heavily in the sessions. Children quickly develop an ear for the target language, as our native German teacher speaks entirely in German right from the start. Children also receive some curriculum lessons taught in German each year e.g. Geography or Art, and a weekly session in the Computer Suite.
Regular visitors to School reinforce the German the children have been learning in School. Recent visitors have included Martina Schwarz, singer and songwriter, musician, Tobias Stürmer, the Kiepenkasper Puppet Theatre and Axel Scheffler, illustrator.
All classes include teaching about Germany and about a different European culture, with German story books and artefacts, film clips and songs featuring in each year group’s lessons throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to present their German work in school displays and assemblies and competitions and events at various points throughout the year.
In 2009, King’s Pre-Preparatory School received a National award in recognition of the excellent Early Years’ language teaching on offer and our resident German teacher contributes to national language teaching projects and materials through her work with the Goethe Institut and other organisations.