Junior Cycle - New Junior Cycle Framework Implementation
The Junior Cycle lies within the compulsory period of education and is usually taken bystudents between the ages of 12 and 15.
The new curriculum specifications for Junior Cycle subjects will be outcomes-basedand in most cases, they will be common level specifications. The exception to thiswill be the subjects English, Gaeilge and Mathematics where the specificationwill be at two levels, Higher level and Ordinary level.
The aims and intended outcomes of the Junior Cycle emphasise the importance ofstudents experiencing a broad, balanced and coherent programme of study across awide range of curriculum areas in order to prepare them for transition to Senior Cycleeducation. This is achieved by ensuring that students encounter an educationalprogramme that covers a number of areas of experience.
Junior Cycle Subjects - 2018 onwards
All First Year students are given a wide subject choice to include all of the following:Irish, English, Maths, Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish),Business, Geography, History, Physical Education, Religious Education, SocialPersonal Health Education (SPHE), Civics Social Political Education (CSPE), DigitalMedia Literacy (DML) and Wellbeing.
Students choose two subjects from the following options: Visual Art, Science, Music, Home Economics
● PE, SPHE, CSPE, DML & Wellbeing are not examinable subjects but will bereported on through the new area of Other Areas of Learning for the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement.
● A total of 10 subjects are examinable at the end of 3rd Year by the SEC.
● Religion is the last subject to be phased in, therefore it is specified at Higher andOrdinary level and will continue to follow the old syllabus for your daughters threeyear cycle.
● State Exams will be set, held and marked by the State Examinations Commissionin June of 3rd year.
● State Exams will be of two hours duration or less.
Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs)
Classroom Based Assessments provide students with opportunities to demonstratetheir learning and skills in ways not possible in a pen and paper examination, forexample, their verbal communication and investigation skills. CBAs will be undertakenin subjects in 2nd Year and will be facilitated by the classroom teacher. The CBAs willbe reported on in the JCPA using the following descriptors
● Above Expectations
● In Line with Expectations
● Yet to Meet Expectations
New Junior Cycle Grade Descriptors
The State examination that students sit in their subject at the end of their junior cyclewill also be graded differently. Instead of A, B, C, D, E, F and NG the following descriptors will now be used:
Distinction 90 to 100 %
Higher Merit 75 to 89 %
Merit 55 to 74 %
Achieved 40 to 54 %
Partially Achieved 20 to 39 %
(not graded) 0 to 19 %
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