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Stair SS / History JC

Stair SS / History JC

Stair na Sraithe Sóisearaí

The Three Strands

The new specification for JC Historyhas 3 interconnected strands.

The Nature of History

The History of Ireland

The History of Europe and the Wider World.

This unifying strand focuses on the nature of history as a discipline.  The strand emphasises the skills, concepts, values and attitudes that inform the learning of history.  It helps to form students as historians.

Strand 2 relates to the historical context in terms of personalities, issues and events to which students apply the conceptual understanding and learning gained through strand 1.  Strand 2 relates to the history of Ireland.

Strand 3 relates to the historical context in terms of personalities, issues and events to which students apply the conceptual understanding and learning gained through strands 1 and 2. Strand 3 relates to the history of Europe and the wider world.

The Students Learning and Assessment Journey over the 3 years:

1st Year: Students are exposed to various topics under the strands and will familiarise themselves with the learning outcomes of each strand. Students will sit regular class tests throughout the year and an exam at the end of the year.

2nd Year: Students are exposed to various topics under each strand and will familiarise themselves with the learning outcomes of each strand. Students will sit regular class tests throughout the year and an exam.

Classroom-Based Assessment 1: The past in my place

Towards the end of second year students will report on a project related to an aspect of the history of their locality or place, to include personal/ family history, as appropriate. The report may be presented in a wide variety of formats.

In place of a grade, students will receive a comment/descriptor on their CBA1 on their Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement -JCPA (previously Junior Certificate)

It will be reported as follows: Exceptional; Above Expectations; In Line with Expectations; Yet to Meet Expectations

3rd Year:Students are exposed to various topics under each strand and familiarise themselves with the learning outcomes of each strand. Students will sit regular class tests throughout the year as well as a Pre- Junior Cycle paper in February and the Junior Cycle exam in June.

Classroom-Based Assessment 2: A life in time

During the 2ndterm of 3rd year, students complete a task in class (CBA2). Students will, over time, report on a project where they research the life and experiences of a person of historical interest. The report may be presented in a wide variety of formats.

Students will receive a descriptor on their CBA2 on their Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement -JCPA

It will be reported as follows:Exceptional; Above Expectations; In Line with Expectations; Yet to Meet Expectations

Assessment Task

After the students complete this task, they then complete an Assessment Task which is a reflective task on CBA2 which is worth 10% of the student's final JC exam grade. This Assessment Task is assessed by the State Examinations Commission (SEC).

Final Examination

The students will sit a written exam (2hr max.) which is set and assessed by the SEC as normal. The students will sit only 1 exam paper at common level, worth 90% of their final grade.

The state examination that students sit in their subject at the end of their junior cycle will also be graded differently. Instead of A, B, C, D, E, F and NG the following descriptors will now be used:

Distinction 90 to 100 %

Higher Merit 75 to 89 %

Merit 55 to 74 %

Achieved 40 to 54 %

Partially Achieved 20 to 39 %

(not graded) 0 to 19 %

Where can I get extra information? www.curriculumonline.ie NCCA website www.examinations.ie sample papers

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