German KS2: Adventure playground in Berlin

Charlie has a cold, and calls his friend Jens who lives in Berlin to practise speaking German.

Jens is at an adventure playground with Lena and Annika, but says he is bored.

The girls try to get him interested in football, climbing, cycling and hide and seek, but Jens says he doesn’t like any of them.

Charlie asks what is wrong, and Jens explains he is fed up because he has to do homework all weekend.

Lena and Annika start to build a fire with the playground leader, and Jens joins in.

Charlie has to go, because his mum wants him to do his homework.

This short film focuses on German vocabulary for leisure activities and likes, dislikes and hates.

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

Use to introduce or revise the names of activities and express opinions in German.

A good listening activity might be to call out the names of hobbies and ask pupils to mime them.

Practise structures to express opinion, for example, 'Ich mag Fußballspielen', 'Ich hasse Fußballspielen'.

Support grammar by looking at German word order when making a negative sentence, for example, 'Ich mag nicht Fußballspielen'.

In groups, pupils could be asked to make a "human sentence:"

Give each pupil one word on an A4 sheet of paper.

Pupils display the words to the class and stand in the correct order.

Pupils can also practice forming the negative in pairs.

One pupil gives a positive statement, for example, "Ich mag Radfahren."

Their partner replies in negative "Ich mag nicht Radfahren."

The class can practice sentences using "verbal pingpong."

For example:

The teacher could say to the class, "Ich liebe Klettern."

Pupils could return with, "Ich hasse Klettern."

Highlight the use of capital letters for nouns, for example: Radfahren."

Support pronunciation by highlighting I: ie phoneme in 'Fußballspielen' and ai ei phoneme in 'langweilig'

Also focus on c ch sound in 'nicht'.

Pupils could be asked what their favourite outdoor hobbies are in German.

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