Holy Rosary College Booklet

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1 HOLY ROSARY COLLEGE Mountbellew, Co. Galway SUBJECT FACT SHEETS GRAPHICS VISUAL ART MUSIC WOOD TECHNOLOGYAPPLIED TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS STUDIES HOME ECONOMICS

SUBJECT NAME:

APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

Applied Technology is one of the three Technology subjects offered at Junior Cycle in Holy Rosary College.

Applied Technology is mainly about using a design process to solve technological problems. In Applied Technology, you will use the design process to work through a task or problem in order to arrive at a solution, which is usually in the form of an artefact or finished product. You will learn how to safely use the tools, materials and equipment necessary to make this product.

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN APPLIED TECHNOLOGY?

Some of the things you will learn include:

• An understanding and appreciation of design and the design process

• How to use the tools and equipment necessary to complete projects in a safe manner

• An understanding of different materials, their properties and how best to work with these materials, i.e. wood, metals and plastics

• How to use electronic components to build simple circuits for use in tasks and projects e.g. running mechanical toys.

WHO WOULD THIS SUBJECT SUIT?

Applied Technology would suit anyone interested in learning about the world around them, someone who has a keen interest in making things and in drawing or sketching. It is a practical subject where you get to make interesting projects and explore different ideas.

HOW WILL I LEARN APPLIED TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOL?

Some of the things you may do with your teacher and your classmates are:

• Investigate the role of technology in the world we live in

• Use tools and equipment in a safe manner

• Learn how to identify a range of different materials and their properties

• Use the design process to find a technological solution to a problem

• Communicate your ideas using sketches and design drawings

• Learn about mechanisms such as gears and how they work.

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Former Junior Cert Project

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT TECHNOLOGY OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?

Some of the things you may do are:

• Watch out for ways in which technology is used in everyday life

Examine simple components and mechanisms to find out how they work

• Use the internet to help you understand how different technologies work

HOW WILL I KNOW HOW I AM GETTING ON?

Your teacher will let you know:

• What you have done well

• How you can improve your work.

• Other things you may do are:

• See if you can figure out how some simple technological devices work and try to explain to others how they work. This will allow you to see what you understand easily and what you need to work harder at.

• Compare projects you did in first and second year with recent ones to see how your skills have improved.

WHAT IS THE APPLIED TECHNOLOGY JUNIOR CYCLE EXAM LIKE?

You will have to complete two Classroom Based Assessments, one in 2nd Year and another in 3rd Year. These are assessments which your teacher will discuss with you and prepare you for.

There are two parts to the exam:

• Coursework-you will design and make a project based on a given design brief. This is worth 50%

• Written exam- you will also complete a written exam which is also worth 50%

Junior Cycle Applied Technology is a common level subject.

IS LEARNING APPLIED TECHNOLOGY ANYTHING LIKE WHAT I DID IN PRIMARY SCHOOL?

In Junior Cycle Applied Technology you will build up on some of the work you did in Maths in Primary School, i.e. in Applied Technology you will be working out problems and reading measurements on drawings. You will also be able to use many of the things you learned in Science in Primary School. For example, you will have learned about various materials and where they are used. You will also have designed and made things in order to solve problems. All this learning will be useful in Applied Technology.

WILL APPLIED TECHNOLOGY BE VERY DIFFERENT AFTER THE JUNIOR CYCLE?

Leaving Certificate Technology follows on from Junior Cycle Technology and has been introduced in Holy Rosary College. It builds on many of the topics covered in Junior Cycle and deals with them in a much more detailed way. Project work is also part of these examinations at Leaving Certificate.

HOW WILL APPLIED TECHNOLOGY BE USEFUL TO ME?

Applied Technology would be useful to anyone interested in a career in the following areas:

Engineering – Multiple areas

Design

Plumbing, electrician, etc.

software development

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• Architecture • Product
• Apprenticeships –
• Electronics • Computer
We use 3D printing and Laser cutting to manufacture components of our projects.

SUBJECT NAME:

BUSINESS STUDIES

It leads to a wide variety of careers e.g. Accounting, Banking, Marketing, Economics, Teaching and Enterprise.

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN BUSINESS STUDIES?

Some of the things you will learn include:

• Good communication skills such as letter writing and report writing

• How to collect, organise and record financial information for yourself, your family, for clubs you may be a member of, and for businesses you may be employed with in the future

• What your rights and responsibilities are as a consumer

• How to calculate your wages when you start working

• Why our membership of the EU is so important to our economy

WHO WOULD THIS SUBJECT SUIT?

At Primary level, you would have encountered and formed a basic awareness of the economic world in which we live. While Business Studies is not a stand-alone subject within primary schools, it can progress related learning that has taken place at Primary level. Business studies will help develop a student’s understanding of people living and working in their communities and beyond. It will

a better knowledge of trade and development issues both at a local level and at a national level. If you want to make more informed decisions in the everyday business of living, then you should consider Business Studies. It will give you a better understanding of the world of work. It encourages you to think of how and why people start up a business and it will also help you to possibly start your own business

HOW WILL I LEARN BUSINESS IN SCHOOL?

Some of the things you may do with your teacher and your classmates are:

• Online research for making presentations on current affairs

• Take part in a mini company enterprise

• Form a club in class to learn what it is like to be a club member

• Prepare advertisements for different events to learn about sales promotions

• Practice recording transactions

• Keep records of your pocket money or wages from part time work

• Learn about benefits of saving

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HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT BUSINESS STUDIES OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?

Some of the things you may do are:

• Watch the news

• Read newspaper

• Read online business articles

Discuss with family members how the household money is spent and help them get better value for money by doing price surveys for food, mobile phones, insurance etc.

Be more aware of how you make use of your pocket money or part time job wages

• Compete in business quizzes/mini company competitions

HOW WILL I KNOW HOW I AM GETTING ON?

Your teacher will let you know:

• What you have done well

• How you can improve your work

WHAT WILL I BE LEARNING ABOUT IN THIS SUBJECT?

• Good communication skills

• Collecting, organising, recording and presenting financial information

Forms of income – calculating tax – PAYE, PRSI, USC and world of work

• Being a good consumer

WHAT IS THE BUSINESS STUDIES JUNIOR CYCLE EXAM LIKE?

Assessment in Junior Cycle Business studies is of a Formative Nature. Students will do a State Exam in Business studies at the end of third year, this and other formative assessment approaches will collectively form their JCPA (junior Cycle profile of achievement) in Business studies. This will give a broader picture of the students learning throughout their three years in Business Studies.

Students do two Classroom based assessments (CBA) one in second year and one in third year. CBA 1 is a group project written in the area of enterprise, finance or economics. CBA 2 is an individual presentation project in a businessrelated topic. CBA’s are corrected by the student’s teacher. Students will also complete an assessment task based on their CBA 2. This assessment task is worth 10% of their written exam and is corrected by the state exams commission. Students also sit a written exam in June of third year worth 90% which is combined with their assessment task for their Junior cycle exam result. This written exam is taken at common level and consists of 15 short questions and three long questions covering the entire course. This junior cycle exam together with the results in the student’s CBA’s make up the Business studies section of the students JCPA

IS LEARNING BUSINESS ANYTHING LIKE WHAT I DID IN PRIMARY SCHOOL?

The work you did in English will be a good help to you in letter and report writing. Your maths skills will help you to calculate wages, exchange rates, interest on savings and the cost of loans. Your knowledge of the EU from Geography will also be of use to you in Business Studies.

WILL BUSINESS STUDIES BE VERY DIFFERENT AFTER THE JUNIOR CERTIFICATE?

Three subjects follow on from Business Studies in Leaving Cert – Accounting, Business and Economics. It is very important to think ahead and to think long term. Each subject becomes more specific and allows you to concentrate more on the subject area you choose. It you wish to study any of these for the LC, it would be advantageous for you to have studied Junior Cycle Business Studies.

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SUBJECT NAME:

GRAPHICS

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN GRAPHICS?

• how to produce drawings using drawing equipment, freehand sketches and computers

• how to read and interpret drawings and diagrams

• how graphics relate to the design and manufacture of products.

WHO WOULD THIS SUBJECT SUIT?

Graphics would suit anyone interested in learning about the world around them, someone who has a keen interest in drawing and sketching.

HOW WILL I LEARN GRAPHICS IN SCHOOL?

Some of the things you may do with your teacher and your classmates are:

• produce neat drawings of everyday items

• create models of recognisable items on the computer

• use freehand sketching, colouring and shading to represent objects

• make paper/cardboard cut-outs of items and use these to model items in 3-D

• work on your own and as part of a group

• use a textbook and worksheets

• organise and maintain a folder of drawings and notes.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT GRAPHICS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?

Some of the things you may do are:

• Watch out for ways in which Graphics is used in everyday life

• Examine how products are made.

• Examine how graphical communication instructions are used in flat packed items.

• Use the internet to help you understand how different graphical communications work.

HOW WILL I KNOW HOW I AM GETTING ON?

Your teacher will let you know:

• what you have done well

• how you can improve your work.

OTHER THINGS YOU MAY DO ARE:

• try working with a few members of your class in a study group

• check back over your work and compare what you are doing now with what you did before. You should notice that your skills are improving.

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WHAT WILL I BE LEARNING ABOUT IN THIS SUBJECT?

You will learn to use a variety of media to communicate your ideas and designs through this unique language. You will explore the geometric world to gain an appreciation of the importance of graphics in the world around you. You will develop practical skills such as graphical communication, spatial visualisation, creative problem-solving, design capabilities and modelling, both physically and through the use of computer-aided design.

WHAT IS THE GRAPHICS JUNIOR CYCLE EXAM LIKE?

You will have to complete two Classroom Based Assessment, one in 2nd Year and another in 3rd Year. These are assessments which your teacher will discuss with you and prepare you for.

There are two parts to the exam: Project – This is worth 30%

Final written examination – This is worth 70%

IS LEARNING GRAPHICS ANYTHING LIKE WHAT I DID IN PRIMARY SCHOOL?

You will have learned and done lots of things in Mathematics which will be built on in Graphics. For example, you will have learned about 2-D and 3-D shapes, and lines and angles. In Visual Arts, you will have made drawings, experimented with lines, shapes and textures, patterns and tones. All of these previous learning experiences will be helpful when building up your skills in Graphics. However, your Graphics teacher will start with the basic skills required and build on them throughout the course.

HOW WILL GRAPHICS BE USEFUL TO ME? (CAREER NOTE)

Graphics would be useful to anyone interested in a career in the following areas:

Engineering – Multiple areas

Architecture

Product Design

Apprenticeships

WILL GRAPHICS BE VERY DIFFERENT AFTER THE JUNIOR CERTIFICATE?

Leaving Certificate Design and Communication

Graphics follows on from Junior Cycle Graphics. It builds on the topics covered in Junior Cycle and deals with them in a more detailed way. Project work will be in the form of a Student Assignment which is completed in 6th Year along with a terminal examination.

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SUBJECT NAME:

HOME ECONOMICS

Home Economics is a subject where you will learn how to take care of yourself, others, your home and your environment. As Home Economics is a very practical subject, you will carry out a lot of activities in school and at home.

WHO WOULD THIS SUBJECT SUIT?

Ideally Home Economics is a subject that every student would benefit from. It is a skill for life subject.

SOME OF THE THINGS YOU WILL LEARN ARE:

• Your body - what is good to eat and how to keep healthy

• Food - how it nourishes your body, how to save it, and how you are protected as a consumer

• Your home – about design in the home, safety and hygiene

• Textiles and craft, making or upcycling textile and craft items.

• Sustainability in all aspects of the above.

YOU WILL LEARN MANY TOPICS UNDER 3 STRANDS:

HOW WILL I LEARN HOME EC. IN SCHOOL?

Some of the things you may do with your teacher and classmates are:

• Follow recipes and cook a variety of dishes

• Carry out projects on foods and learn to read food labels

• Use your research skills to learn about food, health and the home

• Hand and/or machine sew to make or upcycle an item for yourself or the home

• Use your Home Economics book and your Practical recipe book

• Use your evaluation skills in relation to all areas.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT HOME EC OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?

Some of the things you may do are:

• Follow recipes and cook dishes at home

• If you are eating out, take note of menus and prices etc

• Read food labels at home or when shopping for food

• Watch cookery and interior design programmes on TV (Masterchef, Home of the Year)

• Look at fashion magazines for design ideas

• When shopping for clothes look at the care labels and the types of fabrics used

• Become aware of and use sustainable practices in the home for example recycling of waste or saving energy.

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HOW WILL I KNOW I AM GETTING ON?

Your teacher will let you know:

What you did well

What you need to improve

What you could do to improve You will know when you are doing well when:

You can read and follow a recipe

You can organise, prepare and cook a good meal

You can make an item e.g. a cushion for yourself or your home.

IS LEARNING HOME ECONOMICS ANYTHING LIKE WHAT I DID IN PRIMARY SCHOOL?

In SPHE and SESE you will have learnt about your body, how to care for it and the correct foods to eat. You will have made some items in Visual Arts which will be useful when you start sewing in class. You will have weighed and measured items and materials in Mathematics. You will have studied topics related to the family in SESE (History, Geography and Science).

Home Economics has a link with SESE at Primary school – healthy living, wellbeing & exercise, healthy eating & the food pyramid.

HOW WILL HOME EC. BE USEFUL TO ME?

Home Economics lends itself to careers using health & food technology:

Home Economics teaching

Dietetics & nutrition

Environmental health

Food science

Sports nutrition

Health & social care

Baking & confectionary

Food technology

Hospitality

WILL HOME ECONOMICS BE VERY DIFFERENT AFTER THE JUNIOR CERTIFICATE?

In Leaving Certificate Home Economics you will study the core areas in greater detail:

• Food Studies

Resource Management and Consumer Studies

Social Studies.

You will also choose to study an elective area, in consultation with your teacher:

Home Design and Management

Textiles, Fashion and Design

Social Studies.

The Food Studies, Resource Management & Consumer Studies foundations will be laid and these topics remain on in the Leaving Cert Home Ec. Curriculum.

WHAT WILL THE JC EXAM LOOK LIKE?

FINAL ASSESSMENT

The final assessment momprises of a practical food skills examination and a written examination.

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SUBJECT NAME: MUSIC

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN MUSIC?

In studying Music for the Junior Cycle, you will explore and develop your musical knowledge and skills. You will be taught to read, interpret and analyse various styles of past and present music. You will be taught to play the ukulele and you will develop your performance skills through group playing and singing. You will listen to many types of music such as pop, classical and traditional Irish music. You will also start composing.

WHO WOULD THIS SUBJECT SUIT?

This subject would suit anyone with an interest in Music. You do not need to be a performer/singer to study Music at Junior Cycle level.

HOW WILL I LEARN MUSIC IN SCHOOL?

You will learn Music through a combination of different ways. Some of the things you may do with your teacher and classmates are:

• sing and play different instruments

• listen to music and discuss what you hear

• use technology and watch music-related DVDs

• use a textbook and workbook

read music

write tunes

• do music-related projects.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT MUSIC OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?

Listening to music is a great start! Some other things you may do include:

• sing along with new technology software

• learn to play an instrument

• go to concerts and musicals

• form a band with your friends. You can also visit jct.ie for more information about the music course.

HOW WILL I KNOW HOW I AM GETTING ON?

The teacher will provide you with feedback throughout your study. You might like to ask a friend to listen to you playing or singing. You will also do class tests which will give you a good idea of how you are getting on.

WHAT WILL I BE LEARNING ABOUT IN THIS SUBJECT?

In Music we study a range of topics from Music in Advertising to rhythm notes to Jazz Music. We try to relate the learning to the musical tastes of our class of students.

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WHAT IS THE MUSIC JUNIOR CYCLE EXAM LIKE?

30% is a Practical Exam which is examined by the State Exams Commission. For this, students must present three pieces. This can be any combination of singing/playing; it can be in a group/solo setting. Students will also sit an Unprepared Test (an aural memory or sight reading or improvisation test).

70% is a Written Exam, also examined by the State Exams Commission. This exam is made up of one paper at common level, and is one and a half hour’s duration. A sample of the 36 learning outcomes of the Junior Cycle Music specification will be examined.

Students will also complete two CBAs in this subject – the first towards the end of 2nd Year (Composition Portfolio) and another in Third Year (Programme Note).

The Composition Portfolio is a collection of a musical ideas and creative expressions. It can be in any musical style, written for any instrument, including voice, and as a solo or group.

The Programme Note is intended to illuminate the content of your performance in your practical exam.

IS LEARNING MUSIC ANYTHING LIKE WHAT I DID IN PRIMARY SCHOOL?

In primary school you may have been part of a school choir or played an instrument. You may have learnt a little about different styles of music. These are performing and listening skills that you can develop in your Music class in secondary school. You will also develop the skills necessary to analyse and interpret music, as well as compose short melodies and jingles.

HOW WILL MUSIC BE USEFUL TO ME?

Music has a very important part in many peoples’ lives. Most of us take pleasure in listening to music and many people will enjoy singing or playing an instrument throughout their lives. Some people may even decide to take up a career in music in areas such as education (teacher, lecturer), business (sound engineer, reviewer, therapist) and performance (composer, conductor, performer)

WILL MUSIC BE VERY DIFFERENT AFTER THE JUNIOR CYCLE?

Junior Cycle Music is based on 36 learning outcomes rather than a set syllabus. Students will study music that is of interest them to fulfil these outcomes. However, there is still a strong emphasis on Performing, Listening and Composing skills which form the bedrock of the

SUBJECT NAME:

VISUAL ART

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN VISUAL ART?

You will:

• investigate by looking and recording your observations and experiences

• learn a variety of new crafts

• learn to work in 3-D e.g. construction, sculpture or clay work

• learn about the design process and how to use it to create new design objects and images

• learn to make links between your artwork and that of other artists, craft workers, architects and designers from different countries and historical periods.

WHO WOULD THIS SUBJECT SUIT?

This subject would suit any student who has an interest in developing their creativity. We start at the very beginning.

HOW WILL I LEARN VISUAL ART IN SCHOOL?

As you progress in Visual Art you will learn to work like an artist, craftsperson, and designer. You will be guided through various art projects

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT VISUAL ART OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?

Some of the things you may do are:

• Look at and think about visual images from film, movie posters, cartoons, book covers, billboards etc.

• keep a visual diary, where you will store knowledge, ideas, photographs, observations, etc.

• visit virtual galleries online, there are some amazing ones, look up the top ten virtual gallery tours!!!!

• use the Internet, where you can find styles and types of art, craft and design.

HOW WILL I KNOW HOW I AM GETTING ON?

As you progress in Visual Art you will be able to see and judge for yourself how you are progressing

• your teacher will tell you how your skills have improved as you become a better artist

• you will learn to evaluate your own and other’s work through class discussions and visual walks!!!!

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WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP IN THIS SUBJECT?

The qualities that Visual Art develops are crucial components of the rounded general education that all young people should experience. These personal characteristics and attributes include creativity, critical judgement, working with others or working individually, providing and receiving constructive criticism, and respecting differences. Making art develops the learner’s imagination through developing an idea or concept and allows them to exercise personal responsibility for specific tasks.

HOW WILL VISUAL ART BE USEFUL TO ME? (CAREER NOTE)

Many of the skills you learn while studying Art, Craft, Design are very useful outside of school and in whatever job you choose to do in the future.

There are many career opportunities in Art, Craft, Design - areas such as: photography, illustration, interior/industrial/fashion design, animation, architecture, art teaching , website design, gaming design, art therapy ,graphic design, architecture, illustration etc….

WHAT IS THE VISUAL ART JUNIOR CYCLE EXAM LIKE?

This subject is 100% practical for Junior Cycle , so there is no formal exam. You are examined on a project that you complete in class in 3rd Year. You also complete a CBA 1 in 2nd Year and a CBA 2 at the beginning of 3rd Year.

IS LEARNING VISUAL ART ANYTHING LIKE WHAT I DID IN PRIMARY SCHOOL?

We start at the very beginning so experience of visual art at primary level is not a requirement.

The arts have a crucial role at the centre of science,technology,engineering and mathematics …..moving STEM into STEAM fosters creativity, innovation and the economic growth of the future. Teaching students to utilise creativity and inquiry to problem-solve.

WILL VISUAL ART BE VERY DIFFERENT AFTER THE JUNIOR CYCLE?

All of the knowledge and skills that students are learning to build on during their time in Junior Cycle link strongly with the syllabus for Art at Senior Cycle. The depth and breadth of learning that is possible in junior cycle Visual Art will allow students to improve their skills in not just art, craft and design but also their understanding of and approach to historical and contemporary works of art, craft and design.

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SUBJECT NAME:

WOOD TECHNOLOGY

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY WOOD?

You will learn how to design a project when given a design brief, how to research projects, freehand sketching, reading drawings to mark out projects and the use of hand tools and power tools.

WHO WOULD THIS SUBJECT SUIT?

MTW will suit students who have an interest in this area and feel that they are creative and like to work with practical projects.

HOW WILL I LEARN MTW IN SCHOOL?

Observe your environment, examine trees, their leaves and seeds. Practice freehand sketching, take an interest in how products are designed and made.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT MTW OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?

Take an interest in how furniture at home is designed and made, know the trees in your local area and what they look like, develop an interest in other materials such as plastics and metals.

HOW WILL I KNOW HOW I AM GETTING ON?

Your teacher will let you know how you are getting on and how you can make improvements with theory and projects, observe other students work and see where you can improve.

WHAT WILL I BE LEARNING ABOUT IN THIS SUBJECT?

You will be learning about the different types of woods, their uses, the use of hand tools and power tools, the design and manufacture of projects and the development of practical skills both designing and making.

What is the MTW Junior Cycle exam like?

Short theory exam – 30% Project – 70%

IS LEARNING MTW ANYTHING LIKE WHAT I DID IN PRIMARY SCHOOL?

You will be using knowledge that you acquired in subjects such as Science and Geography in Primary School, trees, habitats, the use of wood and different materials such as plastics and metals.

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HOW WILL MTW BE USEFUL TO ME?

It will be beneficial if you want to study subjects like Construction Studies, Design and Communication Graphics or Technology for your Leaving Cert.

WILL MTW BE VERY DIFFERENT AFTER THE JUNIOR CERTIFICATE?

MTW follows on to Construction Studies for Leaving Cert. You will use the same skills and develop on these in Construction Studies both in the theory and practical components for LC. You will use freehand sketching, scale drawing and the design and manufacture of projects also in Construction Studies.

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