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 which are set out in detail in Key Skills of Junior Cycle.
This course offers opportunities to support all key skills, but some are particularly significant. The examples below identify some of the key skill elements that are realated to learning activities in SPHE. Teachers can also build many other elements of particular key skills into their classroom planning.
Links between junior cycle SPHE and key skills
Key skill element
Student learning activity
Exploring options and alternatives
Students explore and evaluate options in the context of decisions they make and consider possible outcomes and consequences. Thinking creatively and being open to the viewpoint and perspective of others is also encouraged.
Listening and expressing myself
Students learn to express ideas and emotions clearly and respectfully and develop empathy by listening to different perspectives and experiences and showing concern for the feelings of others.
Managing Information And Thinking
Students are encouraged to question assumptions (their own and others) and social norms. They are supported to reflect on their learning and prompted to review their learning in light of new information and insights gained.