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Science

Welcome to the Junior Science section. 

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Below is a brief over view of the subject, please use the links above:

News : For up to date information on events occurring within our subject department.

ResourcesFor student resources and files.

Webpages : For additional resources associated with Junior Certificate Science and some web pages of general interest. 

Junior Certificate Science is a core subject in C.B.S. Thurles. The subject consists of three branches: Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

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Junior Science has many cross curricular links especially with Physical Education, Maths, Geography and Technology.

There is a strong focus on applications of science in technology and society reflecting the aims of the curriculum. We aim to build on the student’s personal interests and previous experiences in primary science.

Currently students are examined in Junior Certificate Science in the following manner:

Coursework A :
This is the experiment copy students complete as a record of their in class experimental work carried out over three years. It is worth 10% of the student’s final grade in the junior certificate once completed fully. There are thirty mandatory experiments with many other demonstrations and additional experiments.

Coursework B :
This comprises of two experiments prescribed by the state examinations commission which are carried out and written up in class, by the individual students under the class teachers supervision. This occurs usually between Christmas and Easter of third year. These experiments account for 25% of the final exam.

The written exam :
The written exam consists of nine questions (three per branch) and occurs over two hours. All questions must be attempted and each section receives equal marks. This exam is worth 65% of the overall grade.

Subject levels :

Junior science is available in higher and ordinary level. Students, their Parents along with the subject teacher decide on the level most appropriate for each individual student based on the results of class tests and end of term exams.

Extra-curricular :
All junior science students are encouraged to pursue an interest in some aspect of science.

Science week helps in the promotion of the subject with various activities. These include: photo and poster competitions, science quiz, science workshops.

Each year students are encouraged to represent our school by entering and developing a project for the Young Scientist or Scifest.

 

Junior Science has many cross curricular links especially with Physical Education, Maths, Geography and Technology.

There is a strong focus on applications of science in technology and society reflecting the aims of the curriculum. We aim to build on the student’s personal interests and previous experiences in primary science.

Currently students are examined in Junior Certificate Science in the following manner:

Coursework A.

This is the experiment copy students complete as a record of their in class experimental work carried out over three years. It is worth 10% of the student’s final grade in the junior certificate once completed fully. There are thirty mandatory experiments with many other demonstrations and additional experiments.

Coursework B.

This comprises of two experiments prescribed by the state examinations commission which are carried out and written up in class, by the individual students under the class teachers supervision. This occurs usually between Christmas and Easter of third year. These experiments account for 25% of the final exam.

The written exam.

The written exam consists of nine questions (three per branch) and occurs over two hours. All questions must be attempted and each section receives equal marks. This exam is worth 65% of the overall grade.

 Subject levels.

Junior science is available in higher and ordinary level. Students, their Parents along with the subject teacher decide on the level most appropriate for each individual student based on the results of class tests and end of term exams.

Extra-curricular.

All junior science students are encouraged to pursue an interest in some aspect of science.

Science week helps in the promotion of the subject with various activities. These include: photo and poster competitions, science quiz, science workshops.

Each year students are encouraged to represent our school by entering and developing a project for the Young Scientist or Scifest.