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junior cycle - Science

Science essentially deals with knowledge and understanding of our world. The study of science is concerned with the understanding of a body of scientific knowledge and the development of scientific skills through practical activities. It contributes to the development of logical thinking and reasoning, and skills of observation, measurement, interpretation, numeracy, problem solving and decision making. We aim to foster a love for discovery and curiosity in each of our students.

Arising out of their experience in the junior cycle, it is hoped that many students will be encouraged to study one or more of the science subjects in the senior cycle, thus preparing themselves for further study or work in this area. The four science subjects available in the Leaving Certificate are: agricultural science (offered after school), biology, chemistry, physics.

There are five Science Teachers in De La Salle College : Ms. Dunne, Mr. Walsh, Mr Lynch, Mr. Murphy and Mr. Cott.

Junior Cycle Science – Topic Breakdown

This is divided into four main sections.

  • Biological World
  • Chemical World
  • Physical World
  • Earth and Space

 Biological World

  • The Cell and the Microscope
  • Food
  • Digestion
  • Respiration
  • The Heart and The Circulatory System
  • The Excretory System
  • Plant and their structures
  • Photosynthesis
  • Ecology
  • Reproduction
  • Microorganisms

Chemical World

  • Matter
  • Atoms and Elements
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Metals
  • Acids and Bases
  • Water
  • The Atmosphere
  • Solutions and Mixtures

Physical World

  • Density
  • Measurement
  • Heat
  • Sound
  • Energy
  • Electricity

Earth and Space

  • The Earth
  • Space
  • Sources of Energy
  • Sustainable World
  • Space Travel

 Assessment

There will be a terminal Common Level examination that occurs at the end of third year. Two classroom based assessments, one in second year and one in third year will form part of the overall grade.


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