Welcome to the SME Junior Cycle webpage where you can explore the diverse range of Junior Cycle subjects offered here at St. Mary’s. Stay informed about JCT developments and ongoing CBAs in the school through our news section. Explore our Classroom-Based Assessment (CBA) section, where you’ll find detailed descriptions of each subject’s CBA, as well as a comprehensive CBA calendar for the year. Additionally, learn about the role of “Other Areas of Learning” (OAL) and “Other Areas of Wellbeing” (OAW), within the Junior Cycle framework and their substantial impact on the holistic learner experience.
Stay informed by regularly checking our JCT News section! Explore updates on state examinations, ongoing CBAs, and much more.
Classroom based assessments currently in progress
English (2nd year)
Visual Art (2nd year)
C.S.P.E. (2nd year)
Music (2nd year)
Home-Economics (2nd year)
Classroom Based Assessments
Classroom-Based Assessments (CBAs) are a key component of the Junior Cycle, wherein teachers evaluate students through a task outlined in the curriculum specifications for each subject. These tasks take place both during class time and at home, providing students with the opportunity to showcase their understanding and skills in ways not achievable through a formal examination. The CBA may take the form of a variety of engaging activities, including but not limited to oral presentations, artistic performances, experiments, research endeavours and creative design projects.
CBA 1: The Problem Solving Cycle
Synopsis: Over a span of three weeks, students will engage in the “problem-solving cycle” to explore a mathematical problem of their preference. Students may choose to work together during the investigation, but the final report must be an individual piece of work. The presentation of the report is flexible and can take various formats.
CBA 2: A Statistical Investigation
Synopsis: Over the course of three weeks, students will carry out a statistical investigation in which they will research, analyse, and gather data based on a statistical question of their choosing. Students can work collaboratively or on their own to investigate the question, but the final report must be completed individually. Students have the freedom to choose from multiple presentation formats for the report.
CBA 1: Wood Science in our environment
Synopsis: This CBA is completed within a three-week period in second year. Students will explore/research a wood science related issue within a local/global context and present their findings of the issue. The student can communicate their findings through any appropriate media.
CBA 2: Student Self-Analysis and Evaluation Project
Synopsis: In this CBA, learning will be experienced across all three strands and will be completed within a three-week period in third year. Students will conduct an analysis of their course work and skills to date in Wood Technology. They will be expected to identify areas of strengths and areas for improvement with a view to informing their planning and decisions for the project.
CBA 1: A Person of Commitment
Synopsis: Each student or group of students will identify one person. Students will engage with their chosen person across four stages of activity: Enquiry into their chosen person and formulating questions; Exploration of their chosen person; Reflection and action; Reporting on a Person of Commitment.
CBA 1: Composition Portfolio
Synopsis: Two pieces chosen from their portfolio. Compositions are produced over time with support and guidance from teacher.
CBA 2: A Programme Note
Synopsis: CBA 2 is a programme note in 3rd year linked to the student’s practical. It is intended to illuminate the content of the practical by learning about the composers/ songwriters and the musical content of the pieces. It also looks at student’s role in a group performance and the reasons why they chose the pieces to perform. This is completed two weeks before their practical.
CBA 1: From Process to Realisation
Synopsis: Group or individual project where students choose to work from one of a range of given themes to develop their ideas and create a realised work. During a maximum of four months with support/guidance from teacher
CBA 2: Communicate and Reflect
Synopsis: It is intended that Visual Art students will spend third year carrying out a project. This project is to be carried out in two phases during the year. Phase 1 Classroom-Based Assessment 2 ‘Communicate and Reflect’ which is carried out in their Visual Art Sketchpad. The work for this phase is not assessed by the State Examinations Commission. Phase 2 Final Assessment – the State Examinations Commission will issue students with a workbook to help them complete the second phase of their project. The Brief for CBA 2 and Final Assessment and accompanying circular will be published annually by the SEC on www.examinations.ie
CBA 1: Creative Textiles
Synopsis: This is an individual project. Students will produce evidence of the application of the design brief process to one of the following options: Make a creative textile item for an individual or the home or recycle or upcycle a creative textile item for an individual or the home.
CBA 2: The Food Literacy Skills Brief
Synopsis: This offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their culinary and creative food literacy skills and nutritional knowledge in the researching analysing and planning of a food literacy skills brief for everyday living. CBA 2 is directly linked to the practical food skills examination. It is based on a food literacy skills brief selected from a list of briefs issued annually by the State Examination Commission
CBA 1: Communicating through sketching
Synopsis: This Classroom-Based Assessment will provide students with the opportunity to develop their skills to become competent in communicating through sketching. Students will be asked to graphically communicate their ideas using two-dimensional and three-dimensional sketching techniques in response to a stimulus theme. Through this Classroom-Based Assessment, students will develop their skills in using effective sketching methods to accurately communicate their vision, design and solution.
CBA 2: Graphical Presentation Skills
Synopsis: This Classroom-Based Assessment will inform the project assessment element. The purpose of this assessment is for students to research and graphically present their findings through any appropriate graphical media in order to develop the concepts of their final project in a real-life context prior to starting their work.
Information on the JCPA, “Other Areas of Learning” and “Other Areas of Wellbeing”