The Curriculum

In Limerick ETSS, we welcome the Framework for Junior Cycle (2015) . We support it’s student- centred philosophy – a philosophy that places students at the centre of the learning process and is fundamental to the values and commitments of Educate Together.


THE FRAMEWORK FOR JUNIOR CYCLE (2015) – INTRODUCTION

The Framework contains 24 statements of learning, underpinned by the eight principles, provide the basis for schools to plan for, design and evaluate their junior cycle programmes. The Framework outlines the curriculum and assessment arrangements that will provide students with learning opportunities that achieve a balance between learning subject knowledge and developing a wide range of skills and thinking abilities. These curriculum and assessment arrangements will promote a focus on active and collaborative learning. In particular, learners will be enabled to use and analyse information in new and creative ways, to investigate issues, to explore, to think for themselves, to be creative in solving problems and to apply their learning to new challenges and situations. Given the changing nature of knowledge, the ease with which students have access to information, and the pace of change in the workplace and the world generally, these competences and skills are critical to the preparation of young people for learning and living.

Schools must ensure that all statements of learning, alongside the key skills feature in the programmes of all junior cycle students.

Subject specifications, heretofore known as syllabuses, and assessment arrangements will be revised on a phased basis to reflect this new balance between subject knowledge and skills. These new subject specifications are being designed to build on current best practices in the system and to support the further development of effective teaching, learning and assessment practice. The inclusion of short courses and other learning experiences in junior cycle programmes also provides a valuable opportunity to broaden students’ learning and skill set.
We are delighted to offer a broad and balanced curriculum to our junior cycle students – a curriculum built on principles of diversity, curiosity and creativity.

Core

Irish
English
Maths
French and/or Spanish
Science
History and/or Geography
Ethical Education
Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Short Courses

Artistic Performance
Digital Media Literacy
Philosophy
PE

Wellbeing

CSPE
SPHE
PE

Options

Art
Music
Graphics
Materials Technology Wood (MTW)
Business
Home Economics

Choosing Subjects at Junior Cycle – Overview

All first year students will follow a 9 week taster programme so that they can sample all subject options before making their final choice. Following the October midterm break, students will choose one option subject from the two bands as detailed below (these are subject to change and review annually).

Band 1

Business

Graphics

Art

Materials Technology Wood (MTW)

Band 2

Materials Technology Wood (MTW)

Home Economics

Music