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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown


The ability to read with understanding and to express oneself clearly in speech and writing is central to achievement in many areas of life, both in and out of school. Here in the English Department, we aim to develop and nurture those key skills, so that our pupils are equipped to deal with the challenges of the school curriculum. Literacy skills are embedded across all areas of the curriculum and we strive to instil a life-long love of reading and writing in our pupils through the use of exciting lessons, resources, texts, ICT and extra-curricular activities.



Miss Ashlene Magee

Mrs Karen Towe


KS3 Overview

Our Key Stage Three English course is designed to suit pupils of all abilities. Pupils will have 4 periods of English per week along with an additional library period during which pupils read a book of their choice chosen from the Accelerated Reader Programme.  The KS3 English course is designed to nurture a love of English and reading in our pupils and to help prepare them for GCSE.

Pupils study the following topics during Years 8-10:

Year 8

Non-Fiction  -Autobiography/About Me Project

Fiction – Fantasy Genre – ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ by Derek Landy or ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by J.K Rowling

Poetry – Introduction to Poetry and Seamus Heaney

Drama – Introduction to Shakespeare and ‘Macbeth’

Media – Introduction to Media

Year 9

Non-Fiction - Leaflets

Fiction – Gothic Genre – ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman or ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman

Poetry – Narrative Poetry

Drama – ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare

Media - Newspapers

Year 10

Non–Fiction – Multi-Modal Texts

Fiction – Historical Fiction – ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo or ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell

Poetry – War Poetry

Drama – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Media -  Advertising Campaign


30th May 2018
Pupils from St John  the Baptist's PS and Ballyoran PS completed their High...
2nd Feb 2018
We love reading in SJBC! 📖 📚 💕 Thanks Miss Magee for organising our Book...
28th Nov 2017
Well done to the top achieving pupils in English for last term. The pupils received...
13th Sep 2017
Wednesday 13th September was Roald Dahl Day and the English Dept celebrated...