German KS2: A birthday surprise in Berlin

Charlie talks online to his friend Annika in Berlin, who is decorating a cake for Lena’s birthday.

Together they count the 12 candles.

Lena’s three friends take the cake to her flat and sing her a birthday song.

Charlie shows Lena a birthday card he has made for her, then takes Lena’s photo with her family and friends.

This short film focuses on numbers up to 12 and birthday greetings in German.

It is from the BBC series, Virtually There: Germany.

In this series of short fun films, a British boy practices German by talking to a group of children in Berlin via a tablet. Virtually There: Germany revises basic German vocabulary in a series of real-life settings, and using memorable songs.

Teacher Notes

You can revise or introduce numbers one to twelve using digit cards or number fans, or extend this to 20 for an additional challenge.

Hopscotch or bingo are good games to practise numbers.

Encourage your pupils to learn the birthday song in German by heart, and sing it to their classmates on their birthdays.

Invite pupils who speak other languages to share how they wish someone 'happy birthday'.

Develop listening skills by asking pupils to count how many times they hear the word 'Hoch' in the birthday song.

Focus on ts z in 'zwölf'.

Support understanding of grammar by looking at German word order in the sentence 'das habe ich vergessen'.

Curriculum Notes

This short film could be used for teaching German at KS2 or at a beginner level in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 1st and 2nd Level or beginner level in Scotland.

More from Virtually There: Germany

Making new friends in Berlin
A German food adventure
Adventure playground in Berlin
A song to learn the days of the week in German
Der die das song
Getting directions in Berlin
Painting and colours in German
Shopping at the flea market
A song about playing games