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Junior cycle science overview.
The Junior Cycle Science course is new and 2019 is the first year the final exam will take place. The subject is assessed by two CBA’s (Classroom-Based Assessments), one Assessment Task and one final 2- hour exam in June of 3rd year.
The specification for Junior Cycle Science focuses on the development of students’ knowledge of and about science through the unifying strand, Nature of science, and the four contextual strands: Physical world, Chemical world, Biological world, and Earth and space.
Classroom-Based Assessment (CBA) Overview
Classroom- based assessment 1 – extended experimental investigation.
- Students will, over a three-week period; formulate a scientific hypothesis, plan and conduct an experimental investigation to test their hypotheses, generate and analyse primary data, and reflect on the process, with support/ guidance by the teacher.
- It must be completed at the end of 2nd year.
Classroom-Based Assessment 2 – Science in Society Investigation
- Student will, over a three-week period: research a socio- scientific issue, analyse the information/ secondary data collected, and evaluate the claims and opinions studied and draw evidence-based conclusions about the issues involved, with support/guidance by the teacher.
- It must be completed in the 1st/2nd term of 3rd year.
The presentation formats for each of the above Classroom-Based Assessments can include the following (this is not an exhaustive list):
- Hand-written/typed report
- Model building
- Multimodel presentation
The Assessment Task
The Assessment Task is a written task completed by students during class time, which is not marked by the class teacher, but is sent to the State Examinations Commission for marking. It will be allocated 10% of the marks used to determine the grade awarded by the SEC.
- The Assessment Task is specified by the NCCA and is related to the learning outcomes on which the second Classroom-Based Assessment is based.
The Final Assessment
There will be one examination paper at a common level, set by the State Examinations Commission (SEC). The examination will be two hours in duration and will take place at the end of third year.
- During this assessment students will be required to engage with, demonstrate comprehension of, and provide written responses to stimulus material.
Overall, the Junior Cycle Science has drastically changed, but we at ExamLearn are here to provide all students with the necessary content that allows them to achieve the grade they want in the exam. Sign up to ExamLearn today to overcome the new Junior Cycle Science course and to simplify your life.
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Science Revision for Junior Cycle
A series of exam-focused revision books for Junior Cycle students, written by subject experts.
- All sections of the Junior Cycle Science Common Level exam covered in detail
- Guide to the Junior Cycle Science assessment structure, including a section on CBAs, the assessment task and the final written exam provided
- Learning Objectives outlined at the start of each chapter to aid focused revision
- Clearly labelled diagrams and concise format cater for all levels of ability
- ‘Points to note’ and ‘Top Tips’ to help maximise your marks
- Includes relevant past exam questions, worked examples and solutions
- Glossary of important terms
- Study guide to help you keep track of your revision
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Your complete teaching package
Our expert Essential Science, 2nd Edition author team has carefully analysed how Junior Cycle Science has been taught and examined since its implementation and has written this edition to be fully in line with examination requirements.
Essential Science gives you:
- unrivalled support for all aspects of SEC assessment
- a comprehensive Teacher's Guide
- a wide range of lab experiments and Extended Experimental Investigations with accompanying videos
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Unrivalled coverage of the final exam
No other JC Science programme brings you the depth of coverage of the final exam like Essential Science does. It features questions from the SEC sample paper (including model answers) and 2019 exam paper.
The Assessment Skills Book contains a range of questions similar to those on the SEC examination papers. Chapter 2 on Drawing and Interpreting Graphs helps students to develop skills in these areas, as required in the SEC Examination paper.
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Dedicated chapters for in-depth student support
Chapter 40 of the textbook covers the Science in Society Assessment Task and gives students all the guidance they need to successfully complete the SEC Assessment Task booklet (a blank template is included in the Assessment Skills Book).
Chapter 41 of the textbook covers all the requirements of the Extended Experimental Investigations and provides students with clear guidance on all aspects of carrying out these types of investigations (a template is included in the Student Laboratory Notebook).
Take a closer look at Chapter 40 & 41
Experiment practice & Self-assessment
For experiments and investigations there are:
- a comprehensive range of new experiments
- Supporting experiment videos which are perfect for preparation, study and demonstration
- a Student Laboratory Notebook with detailed instructions for all experiments (as well as blank templates)
For student self-assessment there are:
- rich, varied questions in the textbook and Assessment Skills Book to provide extensive practice of every learning outcome in the specification
- self-assessment sections at the end of each chapter
Stellar Teacher's Guide
- A comprehensive guide to how the learning outcomes in each strand are covered in the textbook, Assessment Skills Book and Student Laboratory Notebook
- A suggested scheme of work extending over the three years of the specification
- Guidelines for teaching each chapter
- Advice on lab setup and lists of apparatus and chemical needed
- Student eBook
Watch our short overview for Essential Science, 2nd Edition
Webinar for Science Teachers
Declan Kennedy, Rose Lawlor, and Seán Finn ( Essential Science author team) have carefully analysed how Junior Cycle Science has been taught and examined since its implementation and offered tips and advice on teaching key aspects of the Junior Cycle Science specification in their recent webinar.
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Also, available in the Essential Science programme:
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How to get a Distinction in Junior Cycle Science
The New Junior Cycle Science Course is much broader than the old Junior Cert Exam. Although the lack of structure to the paper can put some students off, the paper is actually doable. In this guide, you will hopefully get a better understanding of the course and how to ace it!
The Science Junior Cycle Exam is marked out of 400 marks. The Assessment Task is worth 10% (40 marks) and the Written Examination at the end of third year is worth 90% (360 marks).
CBA 1 - Extended Experimental Investigation
CBA 1 is a Written Assessment submitted at the end of Second Year, which is nice, as you can get it out of the way before the workload picks up in third year! Even though the results of CBA 1 will not go towards your final grade, it’s a chance to develop your practical skills as a scientist and achieving an “Exceptional” will get your Junior Cycle off to a great start. You can choose any topic to research and carry out an experiment on.
CBA 2 - Science in Society Investigation (SSI)
CBA 2 is known as the S.S.I. and is a written assignment completed around Christmas time in third year. It gives you an opportunity to research an area of controversy in science that you would like to learn more about. It is a project that you will put your research skills and critical thinking to good use. Like for CBA1, there is a Features of Quality there to guide you so make good use of it!
The Written Exam (90%)
The Science Written Examination is worth 90% of your grade, with 360 marks going for a 2-hour long paper at the end of third year. This exam has no set structure or topics, which can throw some students off. Instead, it will take the form of various multi-part questions divided into two sections: Section A and Section B.
There are three main methods of revision for the science exam:
There are so many different ways to use and make flashcards, like buying a pack from a stationery shop and doing it the old-fashioned way, making them online on Quizlet or saving time and using the Studyclix Science Flashcards.
This is writing out everything you know on a topic and afterwards going over what you've forgotten.
As well as learning the information, it's so important to learn how to apply your knowledge. Practising questions can be taken from past examinations and sample papers by navigating to your subject from the Dashboard.
For more tips and tricks, read our Science Guide by clicking the attachment below.
If you're looking for help with your Science CBAs, check out our CBA guide here.