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SPHE and other 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 examples below identify some of the elements that are related to learning activities in SPHE. 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

Exploring options and alternatives

Students explore and evaluate options and alternatives in the context of decisions they make. They record and communicate their learning in creative ways.

Being literate  Expressing ideas clearly and accurately Students learn to articulate their thoughts and feelings clearly and respectfully through group work, role-play and reflections, and by exploring and discussing scenarios and case studies. 
Being numerate  Gathering, interpreting and representing data Students gather information through questionnaires, surveys and personal records and present their findings in graphic form to different audiences


Listening and expressing myself

Students learn to express themselves clearly and respectfully, to ask for help, to listen to other peoples' viewpoints and discuss ideas and opinions.

Managing information and thinking

Gathering, recording, organising and evaluating information

Students become familiar with how and where they can access information and support to maintain their physical and mental health in a holistic way.

Managing myself

Knowing myself

Students learn more about themselves as they engage in decision-making activities and goal setting. They learn to be flexible, to organise themselves and their studies, to plan to achieve their goals and to develop a sense of balance in their lives.

Staying well

Being healthy and physically active

Students learn about taking responsibility for their wellbeing and relationships. They also learn how to include a balanced diet, physical activity and relaxation as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Working with others Respecting difference Students learn about group processes and how group membership can affect an individual’s thinking and behaviour. They develop greater empathy as they learn about other peoples’ perspectives and develop skills for relating effectively to others.