Junior Certificate science focuses on the development of students’ knowledge of and about science through the unifying strand, Nature of science and the four contextual strands: physical world, chemical world, biological world, earth and space. We encourage all students to develop a sense of enjoyment in the learning of science leading to a lifelong interest in science. We try to develop scientific literacy and apply this in cognitive, affective and psychomotor dimensions to the analysis of science issues relevant to society, the environment and sustainability.
What is it like for a student to study Science at Junior Cycle?
We try to get students to learn through inquiry which enables students to ask more questions, to develop and evaluate explanations of events and phenomena they encounter. The study of science enables students to build on their learning in primary school and to further develop their knowledge of and about science. Developing scientific literacy is important to social development.
What will the impact of Junior Cycle Reform be on the Science framework and assessment?
There will be a classroom based assessment which will offer students the chance to demonstrate their achievements as creators of scientific research by selecting a topic or problem to investigate. Students will prepare 2 reports which will be sent to the State examinations commission for marking, 10% of marks are allocated for this. There will be ongoing classroom based assessment. For the final assessment there will be one examination paper at a common level of two hours duration at the end of third year.
What is it like for a student to study Science at senior cycle?
For senior cycle science divides up into four main subject areas: physics, chemistry, biology and agriculture science. Students can choose to study one or more of these science subject. Physics has a strong maths element and requires learning off many formulae. In Chemistry students study matter and energy and the interactions between them. In biology students undertake 24
mandatory experiments which they record in laboratory books. Students study 3 main areas- the study of life, the cell and the organism. In Agricultural science students study areas such as plants, animals and learn about soil and crops. Students carry out experiments and record their results.
Facilitating Special education needs within your subject area:
The JCSP programme for science involves a range of statements which students study covering areas such as plant biology, human biology, physics or chemistry. The students aim to reach various learning targets. Depending on the group students can study off different statements depending on their interests and abilities. If students are particularly interested in a statement area the group may spend quite a bit of time on it, preparing projects or presentations on it.
Transition Year students at Our Lady’s Secondary School, Aisling Callan,
Deslit George & Caoimhe Fitzpatrick are pictured here with their Science
teachers, Mrs Alisha Shortt & Mr Paul Lonergan, Maths teacher, Ms Eithne
O’Hanrahan & Principal, Mr Eddie Kelly, having received the news that they
had been selected to participate in the EU Science Olympiad, based on their
excellent Science & Maths Junior Cert results.
These students have been invited to
participate in training for Irish Junior Science Olympiad and Irish EU Science Olympiad. This invitation comes on foot of the girls’ excellent results in Maths & Science in their Junior Certificate in 2014. The three girls will attend a selection test in DCU in November. Speaking at the school during the week, School Principal, Mr Eddie Kelly, congratulated the three girls on their success thus far. “Aisling, Deslit & Caoimhe will be pitting their talents and expertise against some of the top students in the country. This should prove to be a very worthwhile experience for them and one that we hope they will enjoy. We are very confident that they will benefit enormously from the experience and the good wishes of all the staff go with them”