The Institute Christmas Camp: 1st years


Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 January 2018
1st year grinds

The Institute Camp is a 5-day academic course designed to increase knowledge, understanding and confidence in Higher Level Maths, Science, English and Irish for students in 1st year of the Junior Cycle.

Taught by experienced and skilled teachers from The Institute of Education, the camp is designed to strengthen the basics in these four core subjects and introduce students to the skills and techniques they will need to succeed at Junior Cycle level.

The course consists of two modules and students can choose to do either or both modules during the course.

Module 1 covers Maths & Science
Module 2 covers Irish & English

Lunchroom facilities are available and students can bring a packed lunch.

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Students are encouraged to gain confidence in their problem solving and communication skills through a series of practical exercises and focused assignments.

The course will comprise of topics from all strands of Project Maths, in particular:

– Strand 1 – Probability and Statistics:
Concepts of probability and sample spaces.
Representing statistical data graphically; stem and leaf plots; line plots and bar charts.

– Strand 2 – Geometry:
Geometry –Investigating Theorems 1- 6.
Co-ordinate geometry; plotting co-ordinates; calculating the slope; distance and mid-point both graphically and using the appropriate formulae.

– Strands 3 & 4 – Numbers and Algebra:
Sets –Listing elements in a set; set relationships; set operations; intersection; union and Venn diagrams.
Algebra – Order of operations; use of brackets; BIMDAS; algebraic fractions; solving algebraic equations.


B1 – The Cell
B2 – Transport in the Body
B3 – Food and Diet

C1 – Building Blocks – Atoms/Elements/Compounds
C2 – Periodic Table
C3 – Atomic Structure

P1 – Measurement
P2 – Energy
P3 – Heat

Earth & Space:
ES1 – Earth, Sun and Moon – It’s all relative


During these 1st year grinds students will be introduced to the key skills they will need in Junior Cycle English.

The course will comprise topics from:

– Structure: Sentence and paragraph building, with a focus on clear communication. Students are taught how to overcome the ‘I know what I want to say, but don’t know how to say it’ problem.

– The characteristics of good storytelling: A brief introduction to the elements that make good narrative writing. Students are shown how to apply these elements to the analysis of a text and to their own creative writing.

– Introduction to Poetry: Students are taught what to look for in a poem, both in terms of style and theme. They are also introduced to the vocabulary that will allow them to express their view of a given poem.

– Drama and Fiction: All 2nd and 3rd Years will be required to read a novel and a play in preparation for their Junior Cert. This class shows students what to look for when reading their text, and also highlights the important aspects of a text that should be prepared.


During these 1st year grinds students will be introduced to the key skills that they need in Junior Cycle Irish.

The course will comprise topics from:

Grammar: Past tense Verbs
Topics: Mé féin agus mo Theaghlach / Ceol & Cultúr
We will focus on reading comps, listening comps, stories & games relating to these two topics.

Grammar: Present tense verbs
Topics: Mo shaol ar Scoil / Caithimh Aimsire.
We will focus on reading comps, listening comps, stories & games relating to these two topics.

Grammar: Future Tense verbs
Topics: Mo Cheanntar / An Corp agus an Sláinte.
We will focus on reading comps, listening comps, stories & games relating to these two topics.

Grammar: An Aidiacht Shealbhach, Séimhiú & Urú.
Topics: An Aimsir & na Séaúir / An Baile Mór.
We will focus on reading comps, listening comps, stories & games relating to these two topics.


Course Dates: Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 January 2018

Module 1 (Maths & Science)10.00am – 12.45pm
Module 2 (English & Irish)1.15pm – 4.00pm


1 Module€165
2 Modules€265

Please note:

  • Laser/Credit Card payments accepted
  • Credit cards are subject to a handling fee of 1.85% of the course price.  Debit cards are not subject to this fee.
  • 10% reduction for two or more members of the same family. Please contact our office to avail of this discount.
  • Fees are non-transferable


Q: Can I be admitted to class without my card?
A: NO CARD, NO CLASS. It is every student’s personal responsibility to ensure they have their card with them each time they attend classes at the Institute. We have the right to refuse admission to any student who does not comply with this regulation. A day pass costs €10. A replacement card costs €20.

Q: Is there a place I can get lunch?
A: Yes, we have an onsite canteen serving a variety of sandwiches and drinks. Also, locally, there are sandwich bars and shops.

Q: My son/daughter is unwell and cannot attend.  Can I have a refund?
A: No, there are no refunds.  However, if you return the student’s admission card to us immediately, along with a short letter of explanation, at the discretion of management, a credit note can be put on the student’s file for future use or for use by a sibling.

Q: My son/daughter cannot attended the course.  Can we buy the notes?
A: No. Teaching is a central part of all our courses. The notes are to facilitate recall and revision of the day’s work covered by the teacher.

Q: Am I entitled to the notes from classes that I was absent from?
A: Yes, however you must deal directly with your teacher in relation to this. Administration staff do not have access to class notes.

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