New Junior Cycle Information

Learning for life

The reformed Framework for Junior Cycle is being implemented in Creagh College. This programme is being rolled out nationally on a phased basis. This programme ‘allows students make a greater connection with learning by focusing on the quality of learning that takes place and by offering experiences that are engaging and enjoyable for them, and relevant to their lives. These experiences are of a high quality, contribute directly to the physical, mental and social wellbeing of learners, and where possible, provide opportunities for them to develop their abilities and talents in the areas of creativity, innovation and enterprise. The learner’s junior cycle programme builds on their learning to date and actively supports their progress in learning and in addition, supports them in developing the learning skills that will assist them in meeting the challenges of life beyond school.’

There are 8 key skills and 24 statements of learning set out in the Framework for Junior Cycle. Creagh College offers a programme which affords each student the opportunity to experience and engage with these key skills and statements of learning:

The 8 key skills:

  • Being Creative
  • Being Myself
  • Being Literate
  • Being Numerate
  • Communicating
  • Managing Information & Thinking
  • Managing Myself
  • Working With Others

The 24 statements of learning:

The student:

  1. Communicates effectively using a variety of means in a range of contexts in English.
  2. Listens, speaks, reads and writes in Irish and one other language at a level of proficiency that is appropriate to her or his ability.
  3. Creates, appreciates and critically interprets a wide range of texts.
  4. Creates and presents artistic works and appreciates the process and skills involved.
  5. Has an awareness of personal values and an understanding of the process of moral decision making.
  6. Appreciates and respects how diverse values, beliefs and traditions have contributed to the communities and culture in which she/he lives.
  7. Values what it means to be an active citizen, with rights and responsibilities in local and wider contexts.
  8. Values local, national and international heritage, understands the importance of the relationship between past and current events and the forces that drive change.
  9. Understands the origins and impacts of social, economic, and environmental aspects of the world around her/him.
  10. Has the awareness, knowledge, skills, values and motivation to live sustainably.
  11. Takes action to safeguard and promote her/his wellbeing and that of others.
  12. Is a confident and competent participant in physical activity and is motivated to be physically active.
  13. Understands the importance of food and diet in making healthy lifestyle choices.
  14. Makes informed financial decisions and develops good consumer skills
  15. Recognises the potential uses of mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding in all areas of learning.
  16. Describes, illustrates, interprets, predicts and explains patterns and relationships
  17. Devises and evaluates strategies for investigating and solving problems using mathematical knowledge, reasoning and skills.
  18. Observes and evaluates empirical events and processes and draws valid deductions and conclusions.
  19. Values the role and contribution of science and technology to society, and their personal, social and global importance.
  20. Uses appropriate technologies in meeting a design challenge.
  21. Applies practical skills as she/he develop models and products using a variety of materials and technologies.
  22. Takes initiative, is innovative and develops entrepreneurial skills.
  23. Brings an idea from conception to realisation.
  24. Uses technology and digital media tools to learn, communicate, work and think collaboratively and creatively in a responsible and ethical manner.

3rd Years 2018/19

In 2018/19 all 3rd year students are following the new Junior Cycle specification in English, Business and Science, and the old Junior Certificate syllabuses in all other subjects. As part of this programme they will complete their second Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) in English, Business and Science (their first CBA took place in 2nd Year). These CBAs will take place during class time and will be assessed by the relevant departments in Creagh College. Students will also complete an Assessment Task (AT). The AT will be assessed by the State Exams Commission. They will sit final examinations in June 2019. English will continue to be assessed at Higher and Ordinary level, Business and Science will be assessed at a common level.

Subject Assessment Format Dates
Business CBA1 Business in Action Research Project Completed in 2nd Year
CBA2 Business Investigation and Presentation 12th November – 7th December 2018
AT Written task 10th -14th December 2018
Final Assessment Examination June 2019
Science CBA1 Extended Experimental Investigation Completed in 2nd Year
CBA2 Science in Society Investigation 7th December 2018 – 25th January 2019
AT Written task 28th January – 1st February 2019
Final Assessment Examination June 2019
English CBA 1 Oral Communication – Presentation/Monologue Completed in 2nd Year
CBA 2 Portfolio/Collection of Student’s Texts Deadline – 30th November 2018
AT Written task 3rd December – 7th December 2018
Final Assessment Examination June 2019

 

2nd Years 2018/19

In 2018/19 all 2nd year students are following the new Junior Cycle specifications in English, Irish, Science, French/Spanish, Business and Visual Art and the old Junior Certificate syllabuses in all other subjects. As part of this programme they will complete Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) during the year. These CBAs will take place during class time and will be assessed by the relevant departments in Creagh College. Students will complete a second CBA in 3rd year as well as an Assessment Task (AT). The AT will be assessed by the State Exams Commission. They will sit final examinations in June 2020. Students will continue to study Wellbeing throughout their Junior Cycle years. This subject encompasses Physical Education, Social, Personal and Health Education, Guidance and Civil, Social and Political Education.

Subject Assessment Format Dates
Business CBA1 Business in Action Research Project 4th March – 12th April 2019
CBA2 Business Investigation and Presentation To be completed in 3rd Year
AT Written task To be completed in 3rd Year
Final Assessment Examination June 2020
Science CBA1 Extended Experimental Investigation 4th March – 12th April 2019
CBA2 Science in Society Investigation To be completed in 3rd Year
AT Written task To be completed in 3rd Year
Final Assessment Examination June 2020
English CBA 1 Oral Communication – Presentation/Monologue 29th April – 20th May 2019
CBA 2 Portfolio/Collection of Student’s Texts To be completed in 3rd Year
AT Written task To be completed in 3rd Year
Final Assessment Examination June 2020
Spanish/

French

CBA 1 Oral Communication 29th April – 17th May 2019
CBA 2 Student Language Portfolio To be completed in 3rd Year
AT Written task To be completed in 3rd Year
Final Assessment Examination June 2020
Visual Art CBA 1 From Process to Realisation 7th January – 12th April 2019
CBA 2 Communicate and Reflect To be completed in 3rd Year
AT Written task To be completed in 3rd Year
Final Assessment State certified project To be completed in 3rd Year
Irish CBA 1 Language Portfolio To be completed in 3rd Year
CBA 2 Communication Task To be completed in 3rd Year
AT Written task To be completed in 3rd Year
Final Assessment Examination June 2020

 

1st Years 2018/19

In 2018/19 1st year students are following the new Junior Cycle specifications in:

Core subjects: English, Irish, Maths, Science, French/Spanish,

Optional Subjects: Business, Geography, History, Home Economics, Music and Visual Art.

They will follow the old Junior Certificate syllabuses in all other subjects. As part of this programme they will complete two Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) and an Assessment Task (AT) in English, Irish, Maths, Science, French/Spanish, Business, Geography, History, Home Economics, Music and Visual Art, over the course of their three year Junior Cycle. The CBAs will take place during class time in 2nd and 3rd year and will be assessed by the relevant departments in Creagh College. The ATs will take place in third year and will be sent to the State Exams Commission for correction. They will also sit a final examination in June 2021. 1st Year students will study a new area of learning called Wellbeing over their 3 years at junior cycle. This subject encompasses Physical Education, Social, Personal and Health Education, Guidance and Civil, Social and Political Education.

Reporting to student and parents/guardians

Creagh College aims to provide students and parents/guardians with a comprehensive picture of student’s learning through annual reports in 1st and 2nd year and the composite Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) in the Autumn after 3rd year, as well as annual parent-teacher meetings and teacher-student feedback sessions. Students will receive feedback from their class teacher after their CBAs. The CBAs will be assessed using the following descriptor:

Classroom Based Assessment Descriptors
Exceptional
Above Expectations
In line with Expectations
Yet to meet Expectations

The Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) is awarded to students after their completion of the Junior Cycle. It is a report issued from the State Exams Commission that captures the different assessment elements that students have undertaken over their three years. It will include the descriptors of Classroom Based Assessments, the grade achieved in their final State Exam (including the Assessment Task) and other areas of learning reached throughout their Junior Cycle.