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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown


In accordance with the ethos of the school, the French department nurtures the individual potential of each student promoting his/her academic, personal and social fulfillment. French in St John the Baptist's College is delivered by dedicated, experienced teachers who inspire their students to high achievement in an atmosphere of fun and hard work. We encourage students to:

  • Develop an enthusiasm for language learning
  • Enjoy a positive learning environment through good teacher-pupil relationships
  • Develop the confidence to communicate effectively in French in practical situations
  • Develop the ability to work independently and with others
  • Develop an awareness and understanding of French culture and French-speaking countries
  • Recognize the value of language learning as they take their place in a multilingual, global society

Through a range of topics pupils are engaged in active learning and e-learning nurturing the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as an awareness of essential grammatical and lexical structures.

Topics covered include:

Personal details/ Family/ School/ Pastimes/ Numbers/ Time/ Weather/ Days of the Week/ Months and Seasons
Project-based learning  on France also promotes an appreciation of French life and culture.

Year 9
Food & drink/ Clothes/ Health/Television/ Cinema/ Daily routine/ Helping at home

Year 10
Travel/ Paris/ Personality/The World of Work/ Environmental Issues/ Music/ School
An emphasis on Career Opportunities also enables pupils to appreciate how the study of French can enhance employability.


Years 11+12
The transition to GCSE promotes continuity and progression building on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed at Key Stage 3.

Through 3 Contexts for Learning:

1: Identity, Lifestyle and Culture

2: Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest

3: School Life, studies and the World of Work
Topics previously covered are extended enabling students to confidently investigate, understand, describe, discuss and give opinions. The focus is on sound manipulation of language, clarity of communication and creativity in a happy and hard working environment.


KS3 Overview

Key Stage 3

In Years 8, 9 + 10 each student has two periods of French a week. Some topics covered at Key Stage 3 include the following:

  • Myself and my family
  • House and home
  • My school
  • Colours
  • Pets
  • Weather
  • Days and months
  • Numbers


Key Stage 4


6th Apr 2022
Well done to Miss Morgan’s midterm languages assessment winners! They are...
30th Mar 2022
Fantastic effort from Dayane, Daria and Charlie from Miss Morgan’s Y10A/B French...
24th Mar 2022
Miss Morgan’s Y10 French class enjoyed a special Home Economics collaboration...
2nd Feb 2022
Year 10 students enjoyed One Pen, One Dice with their translations today in French...
31st Jan 2022
Some wonderful examples of scaffolded translation work produced by our GCSE Irish...
20th Jan 2022
Miss Morgan’s fantastic Year 8 French students with their prizes for being...
29th Nov 2021
Pictured below are some of the winners from our Year 8 Quiz with their awards 🏆🥇All...
17th May 2019
Well done to our young linguists in 8B, practising their French in roleplays.