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Modern Foreign Languages

Junior Cycle

The Junior Cycle Specification for Modern Foreign Languages  is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You can read more about the framework  on the link below:


Modern Foreign Languages (1st years 2017)


What will I learn and do in Modern Foreign Languages?

 I will

  • Actively engage in learning activities and tasks
  • Develop skills that I can apply to other areas of study
  • Be reflective and autonomous in my language learning and become actively involved in monitoring and assessing my progress
  • Communicate effectively and confidently in the target language
  • Develop the capacity to understand written and spoken language
  • Develop their capacity to use appropriate structures and vocabulary for purposes of communication, both written and oral


How will I know I am doing well?

I will

  • Use the target language  and encourage others in my class
  • Have all my equipment and Hl ready  for class
  • Keep my eportfolio up to date
  • Partcipte and engage in all classroom activities

You can find the Junior Cycle new specification for Modern Foreign Languages below:


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

  • Listening
  • Composing
  • Performing

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.

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“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Anderson




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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.

Physical Education

Physical Education (PE) is a subject where you can take part in and learn about physical activities. You learn about how important keeping fit is for the health of your body and mind. In some activities you work on your own and in others you work with your classmates as part of a team.


What will I learn in PE? Some of the things you will learn include:

  • How to take part in many activities, from reading maps in orienteering to doing gymnastics with a partner
  • How to be part of a team, but also fun activities which you can do on your own
  • Why physical activity is good for you.

How will I learn Physical Education in school?

Physical Education will be covered through the strands

  • Adventure activities
  • Aquatics (swimming)
  • Athletics
  • Dance and gymnastics

In these, you may be asked to:

  • Work on your own, in pairs or in larger groups
  • Show your classmates, or sometimes show on video, what you can do well
  • Complete handouts, question sheets and record sheets.

Some things that will help you learn in class are:

  • Be engage and particapte in every class and activity
  • Have proper clothing and footwear
  • Ask questions or ask for help

How can I learn more about Physical Education outside of school? Some of things you may do are:

  • Practise the activities you learned in class with a friend
  • Join a club or a team, in school or locally.
  • Find out about the activities you take part in by reading books, newspapers and magazines, as well as looking them up on the Internet.

At home you can get your family to help by:

  • Showing and telling them about what you did in class
  • Going to sporting activities and events that are happening in the community.

How will I know how I am getting on? Your teacher will lt you know:

  • What you did well
  • Where you need to improve
  • What you can do to improve.

Other things you may do are:

  • Think back about the things you did in Physical Education class
  • Talk to your teacher if you are finding anything difficult
  • Ask a friend to help you develop your skills. 

There is no exam in Physical Education. However, your teacher may ask you to keep a portfolio, which is a personal file that could contain:

  • Written accounts and drawings of activities which you did in class
  • Records and reports from your teacher
  • Photos of yourself in Physical Education class or in other physical activities outside of school.


How will Physical Education be useful to me?

You may wish to study sport, physical education, or leisure and recreation in third level courses when you leave school.

By taking part in Physical Education, you will:

  • Learn activities that you can enjoy outside of class and when you are older.
  • Learn about physical activities which will help you have a healthy lifestyle.

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Technical Graphics


Technical Graphics 

This course is offered to Junior Certificate students and aims to develop:

(a) To stimulate the pupils creative imagination through developing their visuo-spatial abilities.
(b) To encourage the development of the cognitive and practical manipulative skills associated with graphicacy.
(c) To provide pupils with a body of knowledge appropriate to interpreting and communicating spatial information and ideas.
(d) To sharpen the pupils visual perception of their environment and its elements and encourage the exercising of aesthetic value judgments.
(e) To develop basic competency in computer graphics in the context of graphical problem-solving and computer aided design.
(f) To encourage the development of logical and progressive reasoning and enquiry/investigative skills, and the ability to spatialise and visualise two and three dimensional configurations and their elements in the solution of graphical problems.
(g) To help pupils understand the importance of communicating information graphically.
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Students in Celbridge Community School are assessed on a Continuois Assessment basis using schoology and various rubrics which assess various aspects of Technical Graphics including Accuracy, Neatness and Engagement.
The Technical Graphics Department recently was recorded by the state to promote advanced teaching techniques with the Junior Cycle that are being employed throughout schools. 

What will I learn in Technical Graphics?
Some of the things you will learn include:

  • How to produce drawings using drawing equipment, freehand sketches and computers
  • How to read and interpret drawings and diagrams
  • How graphics relate to the design and manufacture of products

How will I learn Technical Graphics in Celbridge Community School?

  • Produce neat drawings of everyday items
  • Create models of recognisable items on the computer
  • Use freehand sketching, colouring and shading to represent objects
  • Make paper/cardboard cut-outs of items and use these to model items in 3-D
  • Work on your own and as part of a group
  • Use a textbook and worksheets
  • Organise and maintain a folder of drawings and notes
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What is the Technical Graphics Junior Certificate exam like?

You will sit a three hour examination paper. It is made up two sections

  • Short answer questions which you complete on the sheet provided and
  • Longer questions which require more detailed answers. The longer questions allow you to show, in greater detail, the drawing and problem solving skills you have learned.