*Expectations for students* is an umbrella term that links learning outcomes with annotated examples of student work in the subject specification. When teachers, students or parents looking at the online specification scroll over the learning outcomes, a link will sometimes be available to examples of work associated with a specific learning outcome or with a group of learning outcomes. The examples of student work will have been selected to illustrate expectations and will have been annotated by teachers and will be made available alongside this specification. The examples will include work that is:

- exceptional
- above expectations
- in line with expectations.

The purpose of the examples of student work is to show the extent to which the learning outcomes are being realised in actual cases.

#### Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are statements that describe what knowledge, understanding, skills and values students should be able to demonstrate having studied mathematics in junior cycle. Junior cycle mathematics is offered at Ordinary and Higher level. The majority of the learning outcomes set out in the following tables apply to all students. Additional learning outcomes for those students who take the Higher-level mathematics examination are highlighted in bold. As set out here the learning outcomes represent outcomes for students at the end of their three years of study. The specification stresses that the learning outcomes are for three years and therefore the learning outcomes focused on at a point in time will not have been ‘completed’, but will continue to support students’ learning of mathematics up to the end of junior cycle.

The outcomes are numbered within each strand. The numbering is intended to support teacher planning in the first instance and does not imply any hierarchy of importance across the outcomes themselves. The examples of student work linked to learning outcomes will offer commentary and insights that support different standards of student work.

Appendix A: Glossary of terms

Appendix B: *Geometry for Post-Primary Schools *