An introduction to the school day in Germany including lessons, timings and breaktime activities. We meet two primary school pupils, Nikolas and Sara, who show us their school in South Berlin. We see a typical German classroom, and are introduced to their timetable including the names of some subjects. Next, we see what they eat and do at breaktime. Throughout the clip we are given the times at which pupils do each activity. Commentary in German and English.

This clip is from:
Being German
First broadcast:
13 March 2009

Can be used to compare school life in Germany and Britain. Ask the children to write down statements about schools in Britain and in Germany in two columns guiding them with questions, eg when does school begin? When does school end? Do the children wear uniforms? Do they wear slippers in class? What do they eat or drink during break times? How long is the break? What do the children do during play time? Perhaps ask the questions in simple German sentences, eg 'was machen die Kinder in der Pause?'. Invite the children to answer in short full sentences, eg 'die Kinder spielen Fußball'. Or you could turn the activity around: present the children with short statements, eg 'die Kinder tragen eine Uniform' and ask them to link them to either a German or a British school. Invite the children to write down their timetable in German.