Junior Cycle

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In North Monastery Secondary School our junior cycle education places students at the centre of the educational experience, enabling them to actively participate in their communities and in society, and to be resourceful and confident learners in all aspects and stages of their lives. Junior cycle is inclusive of all students and contributes to equality of opportunity, participation and outcome for all.

Single classes last for 40 minutes, which are student centred and incorporate the latest teaching and learning strategies and learning technologies.

All our subjects are supported by literacy and numeracy programmes within our school for example JCSP.

Junior Cycle Key Skills

Junior Cycle Subjects Available

Gaeilge

Junior Cycle Irish builds upon the language developed during primary education. The learner’s vocabulary is both reinforced and enriched at this stage and the language skills (listening, speaking, reading, spoken interaction and writing) are further developed. Emphasis is placed on promoting and developing awareness: language awareness, cultural awareness as well as student self-awareness as a language learner.

In our school we offer the L2 syllabus (for English-medium schools). Similar to other subjects CBA1 is completed in 2nd year and CBA2 in 3rd Year.  A candidate may take the examination at one of two levels i.e. Higher Level or Ordinary Level.

English

Junior Cycle English builds upon the language developed during early education and primary education. The learner’s vocabulary is both reinforced and enriched at this stage and the language skills (oral language, reading and writing) are further developed.

Similar to other subjects CBA1 is completed in 2nd year and CBA2 in 3rd Year.  A candidate may take the examination at one of two levels i.e. Higher Level or Ordinary Level.

Maths

Junior Cycle Maths  aims to provide relevant and challenging opportunities for all students to become mathematically proficient so that they can cope with the mathematical challenges of daily life and enable them to continue their study of mathematics into senior cycle. The course focuses on five interconnected and interwoven components:

  • conceptual understanding—comprehension of mathematical concepts, operations, and relations
  • procedural fluency—skill in carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently, and appropriately
  • strategic competence—ability to formulate, represent, and solve mathematical problems in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts
  • adaptive reasoning—capacity for logical thought, reflection, explanation, justification and communication
  • productive disposition—habitual inclination to see mathematics as sensible, useful, and worthwhile, coupled with a belief in diligence, perseverance and one’s own efficacy.

A candidate may take the examination at one of two levels i.e. Higher Level or Ordinary Level. CBA1 is completed in 2nd year and CBA2 in 3rd year.

Wellbeing

This comprises of Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE), Social, Political and Health Education (SPHE) and Physical Education (PE). Students will focus on

  • Physical health and make positive health choices
  • Good mental health
  • Positive and respectful approach to relationships & sexual health
  • The value of active citizenship
  • Understand the social, economic, environmental aspects of the world around them

Some of these subjects are also provided as short courses.

History

The study of history is about exploring human experience over time and how that experience has shaped the world we live in today. By asking questions of available evidence, students of history can make rational, informed judgements about human actions in the past and examine why people were motivated to act as they did and the effects of these actions. Studying history develops our historical consciousness, enabling us to orient ourselves in time and to place our experiences in a broader framework of human experience. Being historically conscious transforms the way that we perceive the world and our place in it, and informs how we see the future development of the world.

History is Common Level for all students. CBA1 is completed in 2nd year and CBA2 in 3rd year.

Geography

Geography is the study of the Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places, and environments. It adheres to the scientific method and pursues scientific principles and logic. The study of geography empowers the person to explore and understand the world around them. Engagement with the subject promotes a deep understanding of people and place. Students develop the skills to read their environment, enabling them to interpret the physical landscape, observe climatic events with an informed eye and discuss world events in a knowledgeable manner. Learning in geography supports students in making informed decisions, giving the ability to make valuable contributions to the economic, social, and cultural life of their communities, localities and countries.

Geography is Common Level for all students. CBA1 is completed in 2nd year and CBA2 in 3rd year.

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

In North Monastery Secondary School we offer both Spanish and French, both of these languages make up our MFL programme. The study of modern foreign languages enables students to build on their language learning in English and Irish in primary school and further develops their skills in and enjoyment of using languages. Language learning is accessible to all students and contributes to their cognitive, personal and social growth by enhancing their communicative and thinking skills, as well as their participation in a global society. Being able to communicate in the mother tongue and in foreign languages are also among the eight key competences for lifelong learning identified by the European Union and European Council in 2006.

Both Spanish and French are Common Level for all students. CBA1 is completed in 2nd year and CBA2 in 3rd year in both languages

Science

Science is a collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our desire to understand the world around us and the wider universe. Essentially, it is curiosity in thoughtful and deliberate action. Learning science through inquiry enables students to ask more questions, and to develop and evaluate explanations of events and phenomena they encounter.

The study of science enables students to build on their learning in primary school and to further develop their knowledge of and about science. Students enhance their scientific literacy by developing their ability to explain phenomena scientifically; their understanding of scientific inquiry; and their ability to interpret and analyse scientific evidence and data to draw appropriate conclusions.

Science is Common Level for all students. CBA1 is completed in 2nd year and CBA2 in 3rd year.

Business Studies

Business Studies covers teaching, learning and assessment in business studies for the first, second and third years in post-primary school.

The coursework 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 .

Business Studies is Common Level for all students. CBA1 is completed in 2nd year and CBA2 in 3rd year.

Visual Arts

Visual Art is a subject that promotes teaching and learning through art, craft and design. For adolescents and young adults, this involves becoming familiar with and applying the elements of art and principles of design, and the knowledge and skills associated with these processes, their histories and their contemporary practices. Visual Art also recognises and rewards a number of different forms of intelligence, including emotional intelligence; it develops personal qualities of expression and empathy.

Visual Art encompasses art, craft and design and involves practical work in a wide range of media leading to a specific outcome, e.g. an artwork, a design, architectural study, an installation or an event. Making art develops the learner’s imagination through developing an idea or concept and allows them to exercise personal responsibility for specific tasks.

Visual Arts is Common Level for all students. CBA1 is completed in 2nd year and CBA2 in 3rd year.

Music

Music can provide an environment for the student where they are safe to explore, experiment and be allowed to take creative risks. The subject can engage students in learning that engages, inspires, challenges, provokes, exhilarates, and liberates. Students are encouraged to collaborate in the formation of ideas and the presentation of these ideas and to critically reflect on their work and the work of others. Through listening to the music of others, and assimilating this into their own ideas, students learn how musical works are created. Through understanding how to evaluate and critique the works of others, students learn to be self-reflective and improve on their own musical creations.

Music is Common Level for all students. CBA1 is completed in 2nd year and CBA2 in 3rd year.

Technology Subjects

Each subject of the technology suite offers the student different experiences which contribute towards their education in technology education. As a result, preparing students for learning in the technology subjects is not just about teaching towards the technology but towards the skills that are fundamental to the technology subjects and are transferable into other areas of their learning. Skills that encourage the student to problem-solve through creation, innovation, communication, collaboration and exploration, all of which are developed in an active learning environment where students can advance their ideas from conception to realisation.

  • Applied Technology
  • Engineering
  • Graphics
  • Wood Technology

These subjects are available at Common Level. CBA1 is completed in 2nd year and CBA2 in 3rd year.

Religious Education

Religious Education focuses on developing 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. The course is built around three interconnecting strands: Expressing Beliefs, Exploring Questions and Living our Values.

Currently not available as an examinable subject within our school.

Short Courses

Like other schools we are beginning to roll out short courses based on specifications produced by the NCCA and at the same time developing our own short courses to reflect the needs of our students and community.  Short Courses made available will vary from year to year please find a selection of courses available below.

  • Coding
  • CSPE
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Digital Media Literacy (DML)
  • A Personal Project: Caring for Animals (Level 2)
  • SPHE
  • Philosophy

For more: https://www.curriculumonline.ie/Junior-cycle/Short-Courses/