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 element
Student learning activity
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.
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.
Being healthy and physically active