In our Nursery class we teach children from 3.5 years to 4 years old. Our aim is that the children gain confidence in the German language and also to experience other children outside the family home speaking and understanding German.
The class has a very playful character and the children sing, paint, participate in creative artwork and starting to read too. In this environment the children get to know each other, very often developing long lasting friendships within the school.
The teacher usually themes the lessons around German fairy tales, popular jobs and how the Germans celebrate public holidays such as Easter, Karneval, Christmas or Sankt Martin.
Kathleen in her own words:
My name is Kathleen and I live in Edenbridge with my husband and daughter. I came to England as an Au Pair in 2006 (back then in Penshurst, so close by) and fell in love with the beautiful Kentish countryside!
As a full-time lawyer, I work as a lawyer in London, but of course I prefer to spend my free time in my daughter Grace’s nursery or on the playground. In recent years, I have also completed evening study in psychology and hope on his basis in the next few years to complete a teacher training. I’m really looking forward to teaching at the German Saturday School!
Teachers: Raffaella & Mia
In the Pre-School class we teach children from the age of 4-5 years old. The classes are slightly more structured towards using the German language, expression and in expanding the use of vocabulary. Since the children already attend the English school system we start to introduce the German alphabet.
The emphasis is on fun and they do a lot of artwork which is usually connected to the theme of the day, for example learning days of the week, months and the different seasons in the year.
Raffaella in her own words:
My name is Raffaella, I’m from Kiel, and I have two children myself at the Saturday school. Since 2012, I have taught my pre-school class alternately with Mia and it is a real pleasure to see the children picking up new vocabulary while playing and singing.
Since I grew up bilingually, I know how important it is to get to know other children with the same second language.
Mia in her own words:
Hello! My name is Mia and I have been teaching at the German Saturday School since 2012. My two sons are also attending Saturday School. During the week, I am working as Language Assistant at a secondary school or tutoring private students. I enjoy teaching! Reading and fitness are a just a few of my hobbies.
The children in the first class are usually 6-7 years old and would be in years 1. or 2. in the English school system. German conversation, art work and games are very much part of the lessons but we also start to introduce to learn how to read and write in German.
Each week the children learn new letters and the aim is that the class has covered the entire ABC by the end of the year. They also have the opportunity to borrow German books from our comprehensive German ‘library’.
Manuela in her own words:
I am Manuela, I come from Mainz and have lived in England since 2007. My little family and I live in Kent. I initially studied Business Informatics in Frankfurt and then I did a Master of Science in Risk Management at the Glasgow Caledonian University.
I think it’s important to stay in contact with the German language and traditions and to communicate this to the children as well. Among other things, the German Saturday School is a wonderful opportunity for children and their parents to interact with other German children and parents.
Teachers: Suse & Gürol
In this class we typically teach children who are 7-8 years old and who are in year 3 or 4 in the English school system.
Apart from the usual emphasis on German conversation, art work and games, the children learn to read. They start getting homework and, whilst we understand that this is not an easy task, the children get rewarded by choosing something out of a treasure box when they have completed three lots of homework.
The topics revolve more about important actual events such as the Olympic Games, Royal Wedding etc as well as learning about Germany as a country with all its different counties, cities, rivers etc. and by the end of the year they can then take a complete Geography folder of Germany, home.
To keep the classes varied and interesting we also read fairy tale stories.
Suse in her own words:
My name is Suse and my children have been with DSS since 2007. Since 2011 I am teaching in the 2nd class; I share lessons with Gürol weekly. We want the children in our lessons to speak / write / read German to have fun and try to achieve this through worksheets, games, quizzes and themed crafting.
The children in this class are still usually years 3 or 4 in the English school system. The focus is based on free conversation and to learn more about German grammar.
The children are motivated and encouraged to speak to each other in German and to learn how to describe themselves, talk about their families, where they live, Hobbies and their general interests.
On one occasion we asked the children to present their own weather forecast in front of all children in the assembly hall which was a great success and was well received by everybody.
Inga in her own words:
My name is Inga and I am a newcomer at the German Saturday School, where I teach the third grade since September 2014.
I have studied English and German in Munich and Münster for secondary level I and II teaching and work predominantly as a private tutor to prepare students for GCSE and A-level examinations as well as for professional requirements.
In England I have been living with my three daughters (11, 13 and 15) and a small zoo of pets for ten years.
All older children who are in years 5 or 6 in Primary School or even beginning Secondary School education are suitable or usually qualified to attend this class.
We mainly concentrate on German conversation and written German work. We integrate Video clips or You Tube videos or use the Internet to discuss certain current topics and making the lessons a bit more versatile and animated.
The aim is ultimately that the children leave the school with an internationally-recognized certificate from the Goethe Institute London.
Mirjam in her own words:
Hello! I am Mirjam and have been teaching the fourth grade since September 2010. Languages have always fascinated me – I grew up bilingually in France and studied German language and literature, psychology and language studies first in the Alps, then in Strasbourg and finally in Nottingham, where I graduated with a double diploma PGCE-maitrise.
Since 2001, I have taught French, German and Spanish in Kent in two different Grammar Schools, and occasionally given private lessons. I live in Maidstone with Gavin and our three kids who also come to Saturday School (or are coming!).
Since January 2015 we are offering a German course for adults and over 14s to learn and practice speaking German.
These sessions are conducted as ‘Drop-in’ German Conversation course with a basic understanding of German.
The classes run parallel to the German Saturday School dates for an hour commencing 10.30am – 11.30am.
We are asking for a donation of £5.00 on attending. If you are unable to come you will not need to pay.
If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch via the Contact form.
My name is Kerstin. I moved to England in 1997 and I live with my family in Kent. I studied Business and Management, originally in Germany and then in England. I work in market research as an analyst and translator. Since 2016 I have been coming to the German Saturday School with my two children and we all enjoy it very much here.
In 2017 I took over the conversation course for adults. We learn by discussing a different topic each week, with a few new German words, a little bit of grammar and always something new about Germany and the Germans. I really enjoy teaching the German language and some knowledge of German culture in this way.