Junior Cycle

18-August-17
Junior Cycle
Exam:
Irish, English, Mathematics, History, Geography, Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE)*

Non-exam:
Religious Education, Physical Education and Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE)*

Options
Students select four subjects from the eight listed below, one of which must be a language:
French, Italian, German, Art, Business Studies, Home Economics, Music, Science

Core Subjects

English

Aims to encourage all students:

  • To be creative through language and to gain enjoyment and continuing personal growth from English
  • To develop an informed appreciation of literature
  • To use their literacy skills to manage information needs, and find, use, synthesise, evaluate and communicate information using a variety of media
  • To gain an understanding of the grammar and conventions of English

Assessment

For the purposes of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) it will comprise:

2nd year - CBA1 - Oral Presentation

3rd year - CBA 2 - A collection of the student’s texts. This will be followed by a written Assessment Task worth 10% of the final grade. This task will be marked, along with the final assessment, by the State Examinations Commission.

Irish

Aims:

  • To help students to build on their learning to date and to enhance their skills so they can enjoy using the Irish language
  • To provide students with the opportunity to gain the understanding, knowledge and skills to develop their personal, cognitive and social development, as well as their effective participation in the global society

Assessment

For the purposes of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) it will comprise:

2nd year - CBA1 - Language portfolio

3rd year - CBA 2 - Communicative task. This will be followed by a written Assessment Task worth 10% of the final grade. This task will be marked, along with the final assessment, by the State Examinations Commission. Irish can be studied at higher or ordinary level.

Maths

AIms:

  • The specification for junior cycle mathematics focuses on developing students’ ability to think logically, strategically, critically, and creatively through the Unifying strand and the four contextual strands: Number; Geometry and trigonometry; Algebra and functions; and Statistics and probability.

Assessment

For the purposes of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) it will comprise:

2nd year - CBA1 - Mathematical Investigation

3rd year - CBA 2 - Statistical Investigation. This will be followed by a written Assessment Task that will be marked, along with the final assessment, by the State Examinations Commission.

History

Aims:

  • To enable students to develop the necessary conceptual understanding, disciplinary skills and subject knowledge to investigate the actions of people in the past and to come to a deeper understanding of the human condition
  • For students to come to see the world, and their place in it, from a historical perspective; and understand how the people and events of the past have shaped the contemporary world

Assessment

For the purposes of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) it will comprise:

2nd year - CBA1 - The past in my place

3rd year - CBA 2 - A life in time. This will be followed by a written Assessment Task that will be marked, along with the final assessment, by the State Examinations Commission. The Assessment Task is specified by the NCCA.

Geography

Aims:

  • To enable students to become geographically literate
  • To stimulate curiosity, creating opportunities for students to read, analyse, synthesise and communicate about their immediate environment and wider world
  • To develop knowledge, skills, values and behaviours that allow students to explore the physical world, human activities, how we interact with our world and to recognise the interconnections between systems

Assessment

For the purposes of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) it will comprise:

2nd year - CBA1 - Geography in the news;

3rd year - CBA 2 - My geography. This will be followed by a written Assessment Task that will be marked, along with the final assessment, by the State Examinations Commission. The Assessment Task is specified by the NCCA.

French/German/Italian (Modern Foreign Languages)

Aims:

  • To enable students to build on their language learning in English and Irish in primary school and to further develop their skills in and enjoyment of using languages
  • To be accessible to all students and contribute to their cognitive, personal and social growth by enhancing their communicative and thinking skills, as well as their participation in a global society

Assessment

For the purposes of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) it will comprise:

2nd year - CBA1 - Oral presentation

3rd year - CBA 2 - The student language portfolio. This will be followed by a written Assessment Task that will be marked, along with the final assessment, by the State Examinations Commission. The Assessment Task is specified by the NCCA.

Religious Education

Aims:

  • To develop knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and values to enable young people to come to an understanding of religion and its relevance to life, relationships, society and the wider world
  • To develop the students’ ability to examine questions of meaning, purpose and relationships, to help students understand, respect and appreciate people’s expression of beliefs
  • To facilitate dialogue and reflection on the diversity of beliefs and values that inform responsible decision-making and ways of living

Assessment

For the purposes of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) it will comprise:

2nd year - CBA1 - A person of commitment

3rd year - CBA 2 - The human search for meaning. This will be followed by a written Assessment Task that will be marked, along with the final assessment, by the State Examinations Commission. The Assessment Task is specified by the NCCA.






Optional Subjects

Home Economics

Aims:

  • To develop students’ knowledge, attitudes, understanding, skills and values to achieve optimal, healthy and sustainable living for every person as an individual, and as a member of families and society
  • For students to develop practical food and health literacy skills so that they are enabled to adopt a healthy lifestyle and make informed decisions that positively impact their health and wellbeing as individuals as well as within their families and society
  • To nurture students’ resourcefulness, innovation, adaptability, and competency as consumers. It develops students’ creative design and textile skills

Assessment

For the purposes of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) it will comprise:

2nd year - CBA1 - Creative Textiles

3rd year - CBA 2 - A Food Literacy Skills brief. This will be followed by a practical food skills examination and a written examination. All assessments will be at a common level. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) will assess the practical examination (held towards the end of third year) and the written examination in June of third year.

Business Studies

Aims:

  • The specification for junior cycle business studies focuses on improving students’ understanding of the business environment and on developing skills for life, work and further study through the three inter-connected strands: Personal finance, Enterprise and Our economy.

Assessment

For the purposes of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) it will comprise:

2nd year - CBA1 - Business in Action

3rd year - CBA 2 - Presentation. This will be followed by a written Assessment Task that will be marked, along with the final assessment, by the State Examinations Commission.

Music

Aims:

  • To contribute to the development of artistic awareness and understanding, self-expression, self-esteem, imagination and multicultural sensitivity, and therefore, to the development of the whole person
  • Students will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to produce and engage with authentic and original music, that is both theirs and the music of others
  • Students will develop the music literacy, critical skills and language necessary to engage with today’s musical world

Assessment

For the purposes of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) it will comprise:

2nd year - CBA1 - Composition portfolio

3rd year - CBA 2 - A Programme note. This will be followed by a practical examination and a written examination. All assessments will be at a common level. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) will assess the practical examination (held towards the end of third year) and the written examination in June of third year.

Visual Art

Aims:

  • To provide the student with a set of personal attitudes and qualities as well as skills and processes and a sense of the aesthetic
  • Through practical engagement in the areas of art, craft and design students will develop self confidence, inquisitiveness, imagination, and creativity
  • Students will also develop authentic, real world problem-solving capacities and the capacity to work over time

Assessment

Visual Art is a practical subject. The assessment of Visual Art for the purposes of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) will comprise two Classroom-Based Assessments:

2nd year - CBA1 - From process to realisation

3rd year - CBA2 - Communicate and reflect

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) will mark the development work and realised work that is generated from the initial research, planning and experimentation in the second Classroom-Based Assessment. One piece of realised work undertaken in either Classroom-Based Assessment must be realised in three dimensions. There is no final examination in this practical subject.

Science

Aims:

  • To develop students’ evidence-based understanding of the natural world and their ability to gather and evaluate evidence: to consolidate and deepen their skills of working scientifically
  • To make students more self-aware as learners and become competent and confident in their ability to use and apply science in their everyday lives

Assessment

For the purposes of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) it will comprise:

2nd year - CBA1 - Extended experimental investigation (EEI) Report

3rd Year - CBA2- Science in society investigation (SSI) Reports. This will be followed by a written Assessment Task that will be marked, along with the final assessment, by the State Examinations Commission. The Assessment Task is specified by the NCCA.



Well-being Subjects

PE (Physical Education)

The course in physical education aims to

  • develop students as knowledgeable, skillful and creative participants who are confident and competent to perform in a range of activities safely.
  • build students’ appreciation of the importance of health-enhancing and inclusive physical activity and a commitment to it now, and in the future.

CSPE (Civic Social Political Education)

The course in CSPE aims to

  • inform, inspire, empower and enable young people to participate as active citizens in contemporary society at local, national and global levels, based on an understanding of human rights and social responsibilities.

Assessment

It is envisaged that students will provide evidence of their learning in a variety of ways including digital media, audio recordings and written pieces. There is no final examination in this subject.

SPHE (Social Personal Health Education)

The course in SPHE aims to

  • ensure students have a dedicated space and time to learn about themselves, caring for themselves and others and making informed decisions for their health and wellbeing.

Well-being

The timetabled wellbeing periods in 1st and 2nd year involve a number of modules designed to help students manage themselves and their transition to secondary school. Modules have been designed to promote students meeting the wellbeing indicators as part of their Junior Cycle. Students will practice organisational skills, resilience, safe use of technology, relaxation and self-care.

Students in 1st year will participate in 5 modules over the course of the year. In 2nd year students will take part in 4 modules. Modules choice is informed by student surveys.

Current Module List:

1st Year

Induction

Managing my goals

Mindfulness

Art for Wellbeing

Digital Literacy

2nd Year

Knitting for Wellbeing

Friends for Life

Digital Literacy

Music for wellbeing

Digital Literacy

This module aims to:

  • extend and refine students’ ability to use digital technology, communication tools, and the internet creatively, critically and safely, in support of their development, learning and capacity to participate effectively in social and community life.



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