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Junior Cycle History

The Junior Cycle is in its third year as a new subject , unfortunately it has been interpreted due to Covid. The new Junior Cycle specification represents a fundamental change in the way that students will learn History and how they will be assessed. Students are encouraged to take a more active approach to learning , engagement in formative assessment tasks and development of key skills. The history course seeks to equip students with both the skills and the knowledge to explore and understand human experience over time and how that experience has shaped the world we live in today. The course will enhance the  development  of the eight key skills of Junior Cycle and it encourages the use of tasks and activities that allow students not just to learn the facts about a given topic , but apply their knowledge and make links between concepts , research further and gain a rounded view of History's place in the world and their role as historians.

Course Content

The Junior Cycle History includes three strands that include The Nature of History, The History of Ireland and The History of Europe and the Wider World. 

  • Nature of History 

  • The Historian and the archaeologist 

  • History of Ireland 

  • Ancient Ireland, Medieval Ireland, The Plantations , The Famine, 1798 Rebellion, Ireland 1884-1923, Ireland during WW2, Women in twentieth century Ireland, Ireland in the 1960s, The Troubles in Northern Ireland

  • The History of Europe and the wider World

  • Ancient Rome, Age of Exploration, Revolutions, WWI and its consequences, WWII , The Cold War, Renaissance and Reformation, Life in Communist Russia and Life in Fascist Germany, Genocide, 1960s in Europe and the World and European Integration.

Type of Homework/Projects/Assignments


The Junior Cycle History course includes a mixture of formative and summative assessment , comprising of ongoing assessment across the three years of Junior Cycle, two Classroom based Assessments (CBAs) in second and third year,

  • The past in My Place in second year

  • A Life in Time in Third Year

an Assessment Task (AT) based on the second CBA , marked by the SEC and a final exam at the end of Third year , marked by the SEC.


History textbooks are used, in tandem with the use of select documentary films to give students an even better look into the past. Dropbox resources are also available to students via Google Classroom, and Studyclix is used both in class and especially for study and revision .

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