Junior cycle network school
All students arriving in first year are provided with a timetable which allows them to ‘taste’ particular subjects for a short duration. Examples of these ‘taster’ subjects include: Art, Metalwork, Woodwork, Music, Choir, Home Economics, Business, Technical Graphics, Guidance, and Drama. Parents and students attend an Options Night and after this students choose their options for the Junior Certificate Exams.
Killarney community college was chosen as one of 48 network schools across the country for the rollout of the new junior cycle. This has enabled the college to be at the forefront in preparation for the new junior cycle framework. In the new junior cycle the focus on learning and the role of the learner will be the new focus. Developing Literacy and Numeracy skills will happen in all classes. Student’s work will be assessed in new ways such as Eportfolio and project work.
There will be a focus on developing key skills in all subject areas. These are designed to help the students to become better learners and better citizens. Students will also have the opportunity to study short and long courses which provides a broader experience of learning for the child. Students will be studying fewer subjects in greater depth than previously.
What changes have happened in killarney Community College in readiness for a new junior cycle?
Literacy and Numeracy
A whole school approach to both literacy and Numeracy has been developed in the school over a number of years. Teachers have developed Key approach in their classes. The students have the opportunity to take part in many different initiatives. These include:
- Writers in Residence workshops (English and Irish)
- Drop every thing and read
- Word Millionaire
- Make a book competition
- Paired Reading programme
- Acceleread programme
The Timetable has been modified to enable new changes to occur. Students are already studying a short course in Multi media Digital literacy. This will happen over a three year period. Chinese, Enterprise Studies and Computer programming ( SCRATCH) have been introduced to the first year curriculum. The students can engage in taster programmes in first year as part of their transition programme.
Teachers are involved in Continuous Professional Development in the Areas of assessment for learning, programme design, new teaching methodologies and ICT in the classroom.
Teachers are endeavouring to include key skill development in their lesson design.