The study of Junior Cycle English enables students to build on their learning in primary school and further develop their skills and enjoyment in using the English language effectively. Through language learning and use, students discover information, develop thinking, and express ideas and feelings.

Learning about language in texts, including digital texts, is important to social development and as part of this process students develop the competence and confidence needed to meet the demands of school, employment, further education and life. Knowledge and command of language are also essential to their contributions to political, social and cultural life and as thoughtful and active citizens. This is central to our school’s mission statement.

English lessons are designed in our school to ensure that students are actively involved in the integrated skills of oral language, reading and writing and in discussing and comparing a wide variety of texts and forms of English. As study is a social activity as well as a personal one, students have opportunities to work in groups to achieve appropriate language goals. Some of this group work will explore cross-curricular themes through Project Based Learning (PBL).

The ability to appreciate literature from different cultures is important in developing the whole person and to this end students are encouraged to read literature with insight and imagination not only in class but privately as well. We have a whole-school approach to the promotion of reading for pleasure.

Formative assessment is embedded across all three years of Junior Cycle English. There are also a number of summative moments of assessment with Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) 1 in May of Second Year, CBA 2 and the Assessment Task (AT) in December of Third Year followed by a two hour written state examination at the end of Third Year.

A one-year Transition Year English programme is the bridge between Junior Cycle English and Leaving Certificate English. In Transition Year, students will build on their reading, writing and oral language skills as well as deepening their knowledge of literature through the experience of a wide range of learning experiences. This year equips all students to engage fully with the Leaving Certificate English courses. The Leaving Certificate English programme is a two year course culminating in state assessments in June of Sixth Year.

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