IntroductionThe revised syllabus in Junior Certificate Science has been drawn up to cater for the full range of student ability, aptitude and achievement. The syllabus has three major components, biology, chemistry and physics, and is concerned with the development of scientific knowledge, skills, and concepts. All students, irrespective of syllabus level, will be required to study these three components. The course is activity-based in its design and emphasises practical experience of science for each individual student. Through a variety of investigations and experiments, students attain the specified learning outcomes, developing appropriate science process skills and knowledge of underlying science concepts.
AssessmentJunior Certificate Science is assessed at two levels, Higher and Ordinary. At each level, assessment will be by means of a terminal examination paper and coursework. The assessment arrangements are illustrated below.
The Junior Science program has a tremendous variety of resources available to develop, stimulate and enhance the interest in science within the school.
Within the science department we have accumulated a comprehensive range of education resources these include
- Comprehensive audio visual video and DVD library.
- PC and internet connect in each science lab.
- Interactive White Board supported by a comprehensive data base of subject related resources, lesson plans and interactive activities
- Variety of science kits including electronics, light, forces, sound and energy.
Science website and blog site
1st form trip to Northern IrelandThis three day expedition takes place during Sept-Oct of 1st year. We believe this is a great way to integrate the student and to stimulate interest in a broad range of science topics. The itinerary varies from year to year pending weather and availability and includes visits to - Armagh planetarium, W5, Castle Espie Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Ulster Transport Museum, Exploris Aquarium and seal sanctuary, Seashore Ecology study, Grey Abbey and Scrabo tower geologic site.
Salters Festival of ChemistryEach year we participate in the Salters festival of Chemistry held in Trinity College. A selected team from 1st form represent the school in this fun chemistry day. This event takes place in May each year.
BT Young ScientistStudents are encouraged to devise and enter this exciting competition. A boarding school environment presents some constraints on this however; we have successfully been involved in this exciting event for the past three years.
Ecology Field WorkThe fantastic grounds of Columbas provide us with an ideal environment for ecology field work. Our first form students carry out a comprehension Woodland habitat study during the summer term.
Conservation awareness - EAZA fundraising
For the past number of years our first form and primary form students have been active in raising awareness for endangered species in conjunction with Dublin Zoo to date fundraisers have included the Tigers (2005), Turtle and terrapins (2006), Rhinos (2007) and Frogs (2008).