Incoming first year students in Roscommon Community College will engage in a fun and engaging new Junior Cycle curriculum which sees the introduction of a variety of new topics across the three strands of biology, chemistry and physics. The new features of this curriculum include learning outcomes across the unifying strand, Nature of science, and the four contextual strands: Physical world, Chemical world, Biological world and Earth and space.
Teachers will now place a new focus on the Nature of science which aims to promote greater engagement and thinking amongst our young scientists about how science works; carrying out investigations, communicating in science, and the role and contribution of science and scientists to society. Incoming first year students are encouraged to develop an interest in science from an early stage outside of the classroom. Whether it be from planning titles for BT Young Scientist and Scifest to carrying out different science projects at home, all student interest is greatly nurtured in an extremely positive and inclusive learning environment.
All Junior Cycle students spend at least two class periods each week in the brand-new science lab getting up to speed with the wide variety of lab equipment and learning the safety procedures used during their time in the school. Students carry out their practical investigations during their double science class. From an early stage, our students develop a great appreciation for the different investigations, and show brilliant enthusiasm and responsibility while getting down and dirty in the wondering wide world of science.
Science subjects in Roscommon Community College are taught in a student-centred, multi-modal way with an inquiry based and collaborative approach taken. A wide range of teaching and learning methodologies are utilised in order to meet the needs and abilities of all our learners. The wellbeing of our students is paramount to us in Roscommon Community College and we ensure that the wellbeing indicators are promoted in science. Digital technologies are used extensively in science. The Global Goals are promoted with a link to the local community and wider society. Cross-curricular links are developed with other subjects, and literacy and numeracy are deeply embedded in science. Assessment takes the form of both formative and summative assessment. Assessment for learning and feedback are used extensively to indicate to our learners; where they are, where they have to go to and how they can get there. Students conduct a Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) in second year and in third year (10%) and a final exam at the end of their three years in Junior Cycle (90%). There are many progression avenues available to students after studying JC science as Roscommon Community College Community College offers all the senior level science subjects; biology, physics, chemistry and agricultural science.
Click here to view: Junior Cycle Science Learning Outcomes
Annual Science Week
Each year in during Science week in RCC we a wide range of activities for all years.
For Science week 2019 RCC was a hive of activity with daily riddles and Science facts been read out over the intercom each day.
1st years took part in a Science themed quiz, orgainsed and hosted by the Transition Year students.
2nd Years took part in a workshop carried out by GMIT to help them develop scientific questions to aid them in their Classroom Based Assessment (CBA).
3rd years went down to the local library to take part in a space workshop, getting to design their own space posters and learn about exploration.
5th and 6th Year Chemistry classes took part in a ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’ workshop organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The students carried out various experiments using equipment normally not used in second level education.
5th and 6th Year Agricultural Science classes organised a farm safety talk with EMBRACE, the farm accident support network. A farm accident survivor, Peter Gohery gave a very informative talk to the students on the importance of farm safety.
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