The German Department Staff:

  • Mrs Fiona Dorman (Head of Department)
  • Mr Alan Cowan
  • Miss Andrea Elwood
  • Mrs Ashlea Cash 

If you would like to find out more about the teaching & learning of German at Grosvenor please email our Head of Department, Mrs Dorman at

German at Grosvenor

In spite of a nationwide decline in the numbers of pupils studying German, we are pleased to report that the subject is very much alive and well at Grosvenor Grammar School!

German is taught at all levels from Year 8 to Year 14 with excellent uptake at GCSE and A-Level.

Within the department the focus is upon encouraging pupil’s independent language skills within the classroom whilst providing opportunities for “real world” language learning.

As well maintaining a traditional approach towards the teaching of grammar, the German department has also embraced new technologies. Teaching in all German classes is delivered predominantly by means of the interactive whiteboard with pupils being invited to access the department’s extensive range of online resources on the school’s virtual learning platform FRONTER.

Across all year groups, pupils are provided with a German Progress Booklet which offers a guide to the learning objectives for each year, as well as providing a coherent target setting system and a wide range of additional learning resources to ensure success in both internal and external assessment tasks.

The German Exchange

The Grosvenor German Exchange has been running for almost 20 years. Each year we take a group of Grosvenor pupils to Lippstadt (near Bielefeld in Nordrhein-Westfalen) for a week in September, then in March the German school bring a party to visit Grosvenor. Each Grosvenor pupil is matched up with a German partner of the same age with similar interests.

In the past pupils have had a chance to visit the city of Cologne, the Borussia Dortmund football stadium, the Movie Park & Fort Fun theme parks as well as local castles and museums. Other activities typically include going canoeing, climbing and playing mini-golf.

Many pupils have opted to participate in the Exchange more than once as they have so much fun and several pupils have visited their partners in Lippstadt several times independently after the Exchange and remain friends with their partners for life!

German at Key Stage 3

The following provides an overview of the topics studied at Key Stage 3.



1.  Vorsprung

The basics! How to greet someone, introduce yourself and say where you live in German. You will also learn the German alphabet, as well as some basic grammar rules.

2.  Du und ich

Age, birthday & dates (numbers 1-100) and talk about where you are from and where you live. You will also learn how to use some important German verbs.   

3.  Wer? Wie? Wie viel?


Talking about your family and describing your personality. You will also learn how to talk about pets and learn how to form plurals in German. 

4.  Ich bin einfach so!


Colours & physical descriptions of people. You will also learn how adjectives work in German.  

5.  Meine Umgebung!


Talking about what type of house you live in and the place where you live.

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6.  Schönes Wochenende!

You will learn to talk about leisure activities, to say how often you do activities and to give your opinion on what you like & don’t like doing.

7.  Hausarbeit & Tagesablauf


You will learn to talk about housework, to say how often you carry out various tasks and to ask and give the time. You will also learn how to describe your daily routine.

8.  Schule muss sein


You will learn to talk about school subjects and timetables, describe your school and give opinions about school.

9.  Das ist perfekt!


You will learn how to form the past tense in German to talk about things in the past. You will ask learn some food and drink vocabulary.



1.  Ich über mich

You will learn to talk about your preferences and opinions as regards leisure activities. You will also learn to talk about what you have done in the past and what it was like.

2.  Kleidung

You will learn the vocabulary for clothes and school uniform and will be able to give your opinion on them.

3.  Einkaufen

You will learn the names for different kinds of shops and be able to make arrangements to meet up with people in town.

4.  Im Restaurant

You will learn lots of food vocabulary and what you need to say when booking a restaurant. You will also learn how to order a meal and understand the menu.

5.  Unsere Umwelt

You will learn to talk about the weather and also to discuss the environment.

6.  Gesundheit

You will learn the parts of the body and how to describe various ailments and illnesses.

GCSE German

In recent years we have had three or four GCSE classes in each year group and pupils follow the CCEA GCSE German Specification.




1. Personal Relationships

You will learn to talk about your family; what they are like and whether your get on with them or not. There will be a focus on giving opinions. You will also learn to talk about issues among young people, such as smoking and alcohol.


2. Home Life

You will learn to talk about life at home; your daily routine and what you do to help at home. You will also learn to talk about healthy living and develop vocabulary based on healthy and unhealthy lifestyles.


3. Tourism

You will learn to talk about your summer holidays; what you did last year, describing what you did and giving your opinions on this. You will also talk about your plans for next summer and your ideal holiday.





4. Education & Work

You will learn how to describe your school and what you do in school. This will include giving opinions on subjects and school rules. You will also learn to talk about school life in Germany and  how it is different to school life in Northern Ireland, giving your opinion on which is better. This topic also deals with future plans, including jobs and career choices.


5. Leisure

You will learn to talk about your hobbies and give opinions on these. This topic also deals with discussing whether or not you have enough free time and what you would do if you had a lot of free time and money.


6. Environment

This topic deals with talking about where you live and what there is to do in Belfast and Northern Ireland. You will give your opinion on Belfast and what you would do to improve the city. This topic also deals with environmental issues and what you do to be environmentally friendly.

A Level German

At A-Level pupils the syllabus is largely determined by the CCEA GCE German    A-level specification. In addition to class teaching, all pupils attend conversation classes with the school’s German assistant in small groups to improve their oral skills.

During most years we also attend German Film Workshops organised by NICILT at the QFT and in December 2015 we participated in the Northern Ireland A-Level German Debate at Queen’s.  Within the department, we also organise an annual German Immersion Day designed to provide intensive oral practice ahead of pupils AS and A2 Speaking Tests. At A-Level pupils are actively encouraged to participate in the German Exchange to further enhance their both their receptive and productive language skills.