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. The junior cycle curriculum focuses on eight key skills. The 8 key skills are set out in detail in Key Skills of Junior Cycle.
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. The junior cycle curriculum focuses on eight key skills.
Key skill element
Student learning activity
Exploring options and alternatives
Students discuss and agree solutions to problems posed in various physical activities.
Expressing ideas clearly and accurately
Students discuss different solutions to tasks in physical education with their peers.
Students complete statistical analysis of their own and others’ performance, present it graphically, and use the findings to evaluate performance and plan for improvement.
Listening and expressing myself
Students solve problems and negotiate solutions respectfully with fellow students in a range of physical activities.
Managing information and thinking
Gathering, recording, organising and evaluating information
Students gather and organise data to provide evidence about their own performance and that of others. They use this information to plan for improvement.
Setting and achieving personal goals
Students devise and undertake plans to achieve personal or group goals.
They reflect on their progress and learning and make the necessary adjustments to their goals.
Being healthy, physical and active
Students learn to make informed decisions about their participation in physical activity.
Students learn to demonstrate care and respect for themselves and others as they participate in different activities.
Working with others
Students engage in a number of peer and group tasks which require co-operation to achieve common and challenging goals.