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The Junior Cycle and Short courses


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The Junior Cycle and Short courses

  1. 1.   Link-school for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) Addressing some of the issues with Junior Cycle reform since May 2012
  2. 2. “From 2014, the new junior cycle will feature newly developed subjects and short courses, a focus on literacy, numeracy and key skills, and new approaches of assessment and reporting”.
  3. 3. ...put a lot of focus internally with teachers on the eight Junior Cycle Key Skills ...developing many of these in our existing teaching
  4. 4.   Centrality of Literacy and Numeracy We have done a lot of work in PCS on developing and implementing our literacy and numeracy policies
  5. 5. First-year 2014/2015 will see every secondary-school student in the Republic of Ireland undertaking a new English Syllabus with a new form of Junior Cycle Assessment in 2017
  6. 6.       Set texts – can be viewed at Based on the Key Skills Oral examination at the end of Second-year Portfolio presentation at the end of Thirdyear JCSA (Junior Cycle Student Award) examination in June of Third-year Teachers CPD is ongoing
  7. 7.   1. 2. Schools have the option to offer shortcourses This year we are offering two in one of our option blocks – student must do both Programming and Coding Sports Science
  8. 8. The course aims to develop the student’s ability to formulate problems logically, to design, write and test code, to develop games, apps, animation and websites, and through these learning activities, to learn about computer science.
  9. 9.       students should be able to explain the basics of computer networks Produce four webpages using HTML and CSS Explain how search engines work Demonstrate their understanding of binary code Describe how data is communicated on the Internet using protocols Investigate the representation of images on computers
  10. 10.  Mr. McNeive
  11. 11.      all of the marks awarded will be for school work the evidence of learning will be generated according to the (NCCA) short course specification and will relate directly to the aims and learning outcomes of the short course there may be more than one assessment component involved – a mix of process and product elements the component/s will be marked in the school and will include internal moderation to maintain standards the grade awarded will be included on a JCSA (Junior Cycle Student Award) in 2017
  12. 12.  Two periods per week, each  Over three years  Certification at the end of 3rd Year  Continuous Assessment – Common level  Assessment focus in Second and Third Year  In an option block that each of the other three subjects can be taken in 4th/ 5th Year
  13. 13.  48 students – a “draw from the hat” if oversubscribed (Unsuccessful students will be offered their second choice)  Open to all abilities  Open to all skill-sets