Work samples

Languages: German

Foundation to Year 2


Human robot programming - Programmieren Lernen

Summary of task

Students explored a unit on programming, learning and using the German language to program BeeBots and Blue-Bots and to reinforce their knowledge of adjectives of colour 

This task was one of the lead-up activities designed to familarise students with the language and thinking that they would require to program the robots in German. Students were asked to use simple coding commands (VorwärtsRückwärtsLinksdrehungRechtsdrehung, Pause, Neu und Los) to program their partner ‘robot’ to land on a predetermined colour on a grid created with coloured ovals. Programmed robots also needed to say the colour in German as they landed on the ovals.

Achievement standard

By the end of Year 2students interact with teachers and peers through action-related talk and play. They introduce themselves, exchange greetings and farewells, for example, Ich heiße … Auf Wiedersehen! and express likes and dislikesWhen interactingthey use short formulaic expressionsfor example, Morgen! Danke! Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Frohe Weihnachten! Guten Appetit! and make simple statements, such as Das ist … Ich wohne in … Ich mag … They use repetitive language and respond to simple instructions when participating in games, shared activities and classroom routines. They use visual, non-verbal and contextual cues such as intonation, gestures and facial expressions to help make meaningand reproduce some distinctive sounds and rhythms of spoken German, including ch, u, r and z. Students identify specific words and information, such as names of people, places or objects, in simple shared texts related to personal worlds. They convey factual information about self, family and possessions at word and simple sentence level. They respond to and create simple spoken and written texts, using modelled examples and formulaic language. They use short phrases and simple sentences to identify and describe people and objects in the family and school domains such as der Lehrer, eine Freundin, Das ist mein Stift, including some pronouns, for example, ich, du, ersie, es, wir and possessive adjectives, mein/e, dein/e. They use nein and nicht for negation, and verb forms bin, bist and ist, with an adjective. Students explain the meaning and use of different German words and expressions, and create texts in German and English for their immediate learning environment. They identify similarities and differences between German and their own language(s) and culture(s), noticing that using a language involves behaviours as well as words. 

Students identify ways that German sounds different to English but recognise that it uses the same alphabet. They identify some words that are written the same in both German and English but pronounced differently. They identify features of different types of texts. They give examples of words that German and English borrow from each other and from other languages, and identify different ways of greeting and interacting with people. They make connections between the languages people use and who they are and where they live.  

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