Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 January 2018
2nd 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 2nd 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.
Topics will include:
– B1. Food and Diet
– B2. Plant reproduction
– B3. Reproductive System
– C1. Acids and Bases II
– C2. Atomic Structure
– C3. The Periodic Table
– P1. Heat
– P2. Light
– P3. Pressure
The 2nd year course will focus on developing the skills required for the new Junior Cycle English course, in particular the three key strands of oral language, reading and writing:
– Oral language: students will be taught active listening skills and given tips on how to express themselves orally. In particular, students will receive guidance on how to prepare and deliver oral presentations, a requirement of the new Junior Cycle English course.
– Reading: Students will be shown key skills to help them to interpret the different types of texts they will encounter in Junior Cycle English, including poetry, drama, fiction and non-literary texts. Guidance will also be given on how to interpret Shakespearean texts, a compulsory requirement of the higher level Junior Cycle English course.
– Writing: Students will be provided with a clear structure for responding to comprehension questions. There will be a focus on showing students how to expand their points into developed paragraphs. Students will also be shown how to plan, structure and compose short stories, personal essays and discursive pieces.
This intensive Irish course is aimed at students who wish to improve their level of Irish and who aim to do Higher Level in the Junior Certificate. Students will be provided with high quality notes and excellent revision handouts.
Speaking Irish will be encouraged throughout the course and focus will be placed on the following aspects of the Higher Level Irish Course:
– An Cluastuiscint – the listening exam. Students will practice the skill of answering the listening section of the Junior Cert.
– Ceapadóireacht: An Scéal – stories and excellent phrases for essay and story writing.
– An Comhrá / An Scrúdú Cainte– phrases for conversations allied with active learning.
– An Litir – sample sentences and letters covering a wide variety of topics from the Junior Cert syllabus.
– Léamhthuiscint – focusing on the key question words and phrases, in addition to practising past Junior Certificate comprehensions.
– An Gramadach – Irish grammar will form an integral part of the course.
Upon completion of this course it is envisaged that students will have an excellent knowledge of both the layout and the topics for the Junior Cert higher level Irish exam.
Course Dates: Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 January 2018
|Module 1 (Maths & Science)||10.00am – 12.45pm|
|Module 2 (English & Irish)||1.15pm – 4.00pm|
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.