LOTE - German

German is the language taught at Spring Gully Primary School. Each class from Prep to Year 6 receives a minimum of 45 minutes of languages instruction per week.

  Highlights of our languages program:

  • A fun, action-packed program that teaches students about the language and culture of Germany through age specific activities.

  • Opportunities for students to perform in at festivals and in competitions such as the annual German Poetry Competiton.

  • German Club – an after school program for parents and students in prep – year 2

  • Links to our local community – German Friendship Society and Eurofest Choir

  • Links to penfriends in Germany at the Andreasschule in Wüllen.

  • An open classroom policy where parents are welcome to visit and join in their child’s class.

Teaching is in accordance with the National Curriculum for German which was made available in early 2015 and can be viewed from the following link.


Why German?

German is taught at Spring Gully Primary School for the following reasons:


  • German has been taught at the school for more than 20 years .

  • There are many students of German descent in our school population.

  • The school recognizes the significant contribution of German culture and German people to the local and Australian identity

  • There are many similarities between German and English and students are able to readily learn and compare the two languages.

  • German is taught at the neighbouring Government Secondary Colleges .

The benefits to learning a second language:

  • Now more than ever we are a part of a global community. Learning a language presents a new way of looking at the world . It can open a child's eyes to what is out there beyond their local community.

  • We live in a multicultural society and learning about other cultural viewpoints is essential for children to develop knowledge, respect and empathy for others.  

  • Learning a second language can enhance your child's vocational prospects. As our growing economy depends on increased trade with other countries, there is a demand for graduates with a second language.

  • Learning a language allows children to develop their potential to the fullest. It is literally mindstretching and enhances intellectual and social development.

  • Learning a second language can enhance skills and understanding in English. Children can develop transferable skills such as pattern recognition, linguistic problem solving, and an understanding of language conventions such as grammar, tense, and gender.

  • Language learning can be highly enjoyable and satisfying for young children. They are curious and inquisitive learners who learn by questioning and copying. Research indicates that the earlier children begin practising a second language, the better their pronunciation. Studies have also shown that early second language learning in children can enhance reading levels in English.

German at different year levels

Prep to Year 2

At this stage, games, music, movement, familiar routines, and imaginative activities such as role-play provide essential scaffolding and relevant contexts for language development. Learners engage with the sounds, shapes and patterns of German through activities such as rhymes, songs, clapping and action games. They learn to write by tracing and copying, forming letters legibly. They learn to write words and simple sentences independently using modelled language, for example, by matching pictures with single words, labels or captions. In addition learners learn about the cultural traditions of Germany through participating in activities relating to festivals and events..

Years 3 and 4

Learners develop literacy skills and textual knowledge through supported engagement with a range of spoken, written, visual and multimodal texts. Imaginative texts (such as picture books, fairy tales, puppet plays, songs and digital games) involve the expressive and cultural dimensions of language. Procedural, informational and descriptive texts (such as recipes, annotated posters, family and class profiles) show how language is used for a variety of purposes.

At this level, children are developing awareness of their social world and membership of various groups, including that of the German class. They have developed initial literacy in English, and this assists to some degree in learning German, such as writing in the Roman alphabet. They benefit from varied, activity-based learning that builds on their interests and capabilities and makes connections with other areas of learning.

The contexts in which learners interact in learning and using German are primarily local: the classroom, school, home and community, with some access to wider communities of German speakers through audiovisual and digital technologies.

Years 5 and 6

Learners use German with each other and the teacher for an increasing range of purposes. They have some access to German speakers and cultural resources in wider contexts and communities through the use of digital technologies.

Oracy development at this level includes active listening to a range of input from different sources and building more elaborated conversational and interactional skills. This involves turn-taking, ‘reading’ language for cultural and contextual meaning, building on others’ contributions, and making appropriate responses and adjustments. Learners begin to engage in debate and discussion. Individual and group oral presentation and performance skills are developed through researching and organising information, structuring, rehearsing and resourcing the content of presentations, and selecting appropriate language to engage particular audiences.

At this level students are expanding their social networks, experiences and communication repertoire in both their first language and German. They continue to need guidance and participate in structured, collaborative tasks that both recycle and extend language. They are gaining greater independence and becoming more conscious of their peers and social context, and of the world around them. They are noticing additional similarities and differences between German language and culture and their own.

Spring Gully
Primary School

Spring Gully Road,

Bendigo 3550

Phone: 5443 7230

Fax: 5441 5584