Music is an important part of our everyday lives. The Junior Cycle Music course has been created to suit the entire range of student interest and ability. Junior Cycle Music is based around the development of the three main skills
All First Year students will be introduced to music theory, they will study recorder in class and are also involved in class-based singing. Students will encounter a range of genres such as classical, jazz, Irish music, film scores, rock and pop.
The Junior Cycle Music course encourages each student to enjoy and explore many different types of music. The gradual development of the three key skills of listening, performing and composing helps create a better understanding of music, both inside and outside the classroom.
In music you will be examined in two ways:
- A practical exam where you can sing or play an instrument for this exam - on your own or as part of a group.
- A combined aural and written exam in composing and listening to music.
You do not have to learn an instrument outside of school but you should be willing to get involved in singing and playing songs or pieces during class, either individually or in groups. Music is a fun and interactive class that helps students express themselves, build their confidence and develop their own musicality.
“Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement… it helps train you to think differently, to processdifferent points of view — and most important, to take pleasure in listening.”– Joanne Lipman, New York Times
“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Anderson
We come across science in everyday things in the world around us, both living and non-living. Studying Science in school can help you to understand the importance of science in our lives and in the environment.
What will I learn in Science?
The Science course covers the three sciences:
Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Biology is the science of living things.
You will learn about:
- Plants and animals including humans
- The environment and how to care for it
Chemistry deals with the composition of substances and their properties.
You will learn about:
- The materials that make up the world around us
- How materials can change and be changed
Physics is the science of matter and energy and how they interact.
You will learn about:
- Forces and energy
- How things work
How will I learn Science in school?
Some of the things you may do with your teacher and classmates are:
- Work as part of a group
- Go on field trips
- Interactive activites on iPad
- Carry out experiments and investigations
- Try your best at homelearning, projects and assignments
How can I learn more about Science outside of school?
Some of the things you may do are:
- Watch science programmes on television
- Keep up to date with the science stories in the news
- Ask your teacher for a list of websites and complete some research.
How will I know how I am getting on?
As you progress in Science you will learn to work like a scientist. You will learn how to plan and carry out experiments and investigations and make sense of the results. As you do your coursework you will be able to see how you are getting on by looking back at earlier experiments and investigations. Your teacher will also tell you how your skills have improved and this can be measured by target setting and self-asessment.
Will Science have anything to do with other subjects I will be studying?
Science links with many of the other subjects you will be studying. You will use some of the things you learn in Mathematics to analyse and interpret the results of your investigations. In Geography you will study about the environment and soil. In Home Economics you will study about food and the human body.
How will Science be useful to me?
Many of the skills you learn while studying science such as problem solving and investigation skills are very useful outside of school and will be of use to you in whatever job you choose to do. In third level there are many different types of science courses on offer and many different careers open to science students. These include becoming a: pharmacist, radiographer, doctor, dentist, technician, psychologist, astronomer, teacher, vet and researcher.
Will Science be very different after Junior Certificate?
After the Junior Certificate, Science splits into four subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Agricultural Science. Depending on your school, you can choose to do different combinations of these. If you would like to choose any of these subjects in Leaving Certificate, it is important that you take Science as a subject for Junior Certificate.