Physical Education 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. 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 Key skill element Student learning activity Being creative Exploring options and alternatives Students discuss and agree solutions to problems posed in various physical activities. Being literate Expressing ideas clearly and accurately Students discuss different solutions to tasks in physical education with their peers. Being numerate Gathering, interpreting and representing data Students complete statistical analysis of their own and others’ performance, present it graphically, and use the findings to evaluate performance and plan for improvement. Communicating 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. Managing myself 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. Staying well 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 Co-operating Students engage in a number of peer and group tasks which require co-operation to achieve common and challenging goals.