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German / Year 5 and 6 / Communicating / Translating

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Curriculum content descriptions

Explain aspects of German language and culture for family or peers, noticing that there are not always equivalent expressions in English

[Key concepts: equivalence, meaning; Key processes: interpreting, explaining, predicting]


  • identifying when literal translation is or is not possible, for example, in idiomatic expressions such as Bist du satt? (not voll) or Es geht mir gut. (not Ich bin)
  • using German–English cognates to predict meaning, for example, Brot/‘bread’, kalt/‘cold’, Maske/‘mask’, trinken/‘to drink’
  • recognising long compound words, collecting and analysing interesting examples (das Schlagzeug, babyleicht, abenteuerlustig), and discussing how best to translate them into English
  • explaining in English the use and meaning of German expressions such as Gesundheit, Hals und Beinbruch, Toi, toi, toi!
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Translation (Language),  German language

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