Welcome to German at Sheoak Grove
German is taught from Kindergarten to Year 6 in a one-hour weekly class. The Western Australian Curriculum aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that students:
- communicate in German
- extend their literacy repertoires
- understand language, culture, learning and their relationship, and thereby develop an intercultural capability in communication
- develop understanding of and respect for diversity and difference, and an openness to different experiences and perspectives
- develop an understanding of how culture shapes world views and extend their understanding of themselves, their own heritage, values, culture and identity
- strengthen their intellectual, analytical and reflective capabilities, and enhance their creative and critical thinking skills
- understand themselves as communicators
Use of the German language
Our students at Sheoak Grove Primary School are encouraged to use German as much as possible. The goal is that they feel comfortable hearing the German language and practising it themselves in classroom routines, social interactions and structured learning tasks. The individual student progress is assessed regularly in the four key language skills of listening, speaking (Kindy to Year 6), reading and writing (Year 2-6).
Reflection of languages
Our students reflect what they learn in German and compare it with what languages they already know. For example, they realise that in both German and English, the beginning of a sentence is marked with a capital letter. Nouns, on the other hand, start with an upper case in German and lower case in English.
Our students are introduced to the German culture through traditional songs, stories, food and celebrations. While exploring the German culture, we exchange traditions of their own heritage and the Noongar culture, which is also taught at our school. The intercultural understanding helps students to develop knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes that enables them to appreciate and respect others from different communities and cultures.
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