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English and Key Skills

In addition to their specific content and knowledge, the subjects and short courses of junior cycle provide students with opportunities to develop a range of key skills. This course offers opportunities to support all key skills but some are particularly significant. The 8 key skills are set out in detail in Key Skills of Junior Cycle.

Key skill

Key skill element

Student learning activity

Being creative


Students will engage frequently with literary narratives and will compose imaginative narratives of their own.

Being literate

Growing my understanding of language

Students will deepen their critical awareness of language, leading to rich enquiry into texts in all their forms. They learn to read with fluency, understanding and competence, using a broad range of comprehension strategies. They engage in purposeful planning, drafting and writing in a variety of different genres and show increasing awareness of audience and style.

Being numerate

Gathering, interpreting and representing data

Students gather data through questionnaires, surveys and personal records. They present their findings in different formats and to different audiences. They learn to recognise language patterns in literary and non-literary texts.


Listening and expressing myself

Discussing and debating

The English classroom is a place of talk and discussion. Students enjoy frequent opportunities to debate, to adopt a point of view and defend it. They learn to communicate by writing in a range of forms and for many purposes.

Managing information and thinking

Gathering, recording, organising and evaluating information and data

Students plan for and conduct an investigation into a chosen contemporary issue, leading to the production and presentation.

Managing myself

Being able to reflect on my own learning

Students manage the development of a collection of personal writing, which they build up over time. Through this they learn to see writing as a process to learn about and refine.


Staying well

Being confident

In oral language, reading and writing students develop a sense of audience and purpose through the opportunities they have to present to and for others.

Working with others


Students collaborate with others to explore and discuss views on a range of texts and contexts.