Junior Cycle Reform
The new Junior Cycle features newly developed subjects and focuses on literacy, numeracy and key skills.
Key skills help learners develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to face the many challenges in today’s world. They also support students in learning how to learn and to take responsibility for their own learning.
The Six Key Skills for the new Junior Cycle are:
Managing Myself – This skill helps learners understand themselves both as individuals and as learners so that they can develop personal goals and plans. It also helps them develop strategies to make considered decisions and, to take action and reflect on their progress.
Staying Well – This key skill recognises learners’ overall wellbeing must be supported alongside their intellectual development. Being healthy physically and emotionally being socially active and being able to take care of oneself, and of others helps learners become happy and confident.
Communicating – As well as developing literacy skills, it also develops learners’ confidence in communicating, expressing opinions, writing, making oral presentations and performing.
Being Creative– This skill enables learners’ to develop their imagination and creativity as they explore different ways of doing things and of thinking.
Working with Others– This skill helps learners to develop good relations and to appreciate the value of cooperating to reach both collective and personal goals.
Managing Information and Thinking – This key skill helps learners gradually improve their capacity to search for information from different sources. They also develop their skills in judging and discriminating between information types and sources and they develop strategies for organising information so that they can understand it and use it later. This skill also develops learners thinking skills.
Since 2014 we have introduced the new English specification for Junior Cycle, with Class based assessments in 2nd and 3rd year for students. We look forward to introducing the new Business Studies and Science specifications from September 2016 onwards.
Subjects on offer meet the variety of needs and interests of students and include subjects from the science(s), languages, civic/social, business and practical fields, together with core subjects such as English, Irish & Maths.
JUNIOR CERTIFICATE COURSEWORK
The following table indicates the projects or coursework that students of Junior Certificate must complete in different subject areas. The weighting percentage, starting and finishing dates for each item are also shown.
|Subject||Starting Date||Finishing Date||Percentage Marks||Coursework Type|
|English||2nd Year/3rd Year||3rd Year||Assessment Task for Marking by State Examinations Commission||Class Based Assessment|
|Art, Craft and Design||October||April||80%||Project|
|Materials Technology Wood||November||April||66%||Project and folder|
|Materials Technology Metal||November||April||40%||Project|
|Home Economics||September of 2nd Year||April of2nd Year||15%||Project and Folder|
|CSPE||1st /2nd Year||3rd Year||60%||Action Project and Folder|
|25%||Folder of Experiments|