Transition Year

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TRANSITION YEAR MODULES       (Half-year modules)

 GEOGRAPHY

The Geography module consists of three areas

 

  • Understanding/Drawing statistical information and reading information from tables and graphs.
  • Natural Disasters
  • Global Warming

 

Assessment: The students get credits for the following work completed:

 

  • Booklet of graphs/statistical information completed.(10 credits)
  • Powerpoint presentation on a Natural Disaster of their choice which they present to the class.(20 credits)
  • An essay on Global Warming.(10 credits)

 

BIOLOGY

 

TY Biology covers many of the popular Biology topics that pop up in real modern life.    Some of these include: Stem Cell Therapy, Blood Typing and Blood donations, Microbiology including diseases caused by Ebola Virus, SARs and Bird Flu.   Classes, as far as possible are stand-alone classes, so if students are participating in other aspects of Transition Year, they can dip into and out TY Biology.  Last year, two of the four classes went to Butlers Chocolate Factory as part of a study of the Food Industry.  The module is a mixture of practical work, reading and answering questions, looking at relevant audio-visual material, analyzing graphs and the completion of an assignment as part of the final assessment.  The aim of the module is for students to enjoy the module.  Also hopefully after doing this subject, they might feel more confident to participate in a discussion, maybe should something relating to our module come up in the break room during work experience.

 

 

FILM STUDIES

 

In-depth analysis of a selection of films by Alfred Hitchcock.

Study of Hitchcock’s approach and style as a director.

Study and discussion of Hitchcock’s development across his career.

Study of language of cinema e.g. camera angles, shots, techniques.

Students assessed mainly on behaviour, attitude, contribution in class, punctuality, attendance.

Prepares students for study of film in Leaving Cert English.

 

 

 

ART (Mr Bunting)

 

TY art module is a course that gives pupils a glimpse at the type of practical work found on the LC art course (through Imaginative Composition) and also allows them to create art that is not found on either the LC or JC art course.

 

Pupils will create a final piece in a range of theme based options including :

 

. Stop-motion animation.

. Mosaic work.

. Stencil art.

. C.A.D. (Computer Aided Design)

 

 BUSINESS

 

Students identify the ‘Ideal Business’ they would like to start up and will study the key aspects of start-up and management of this business. Students will cover the main areas involved in setting up and running a business in an interactive and enjoyable way, where innovation and creativity is encouraged. It is suitable for all students whether or not they have studied business beforehand.

 

 

ECONOMICS

 

Students will study both micro and macro economics and investigate how we make the best possible use of scarce resources in order to satisfy the requirements of as many people as possible. They will gain appreciation of the wider issues that affect business. It is suitable for all students whether or not they have studied business beforehand.

 

 

ACCOUNTING

 

Students will study how both households and businesses keep record of money received and spent. They will compile the Final Accounts for a business and then assess these accounts to determine if investing in this business is a good opportunity or not. It is suitable for all students whether or not they have studied business beforehand.

 

 

HISTORY

 

2017-18

  • LNIS: Piloting the ‘Glasnevin Tour Guide Program’ (integrating Irish history).
  • DMCN: ‘Europe and the Wider World in the 19th and Early 20th Century’ (topics covered include: The British Empire, Queen Victoria, the Abdication Crisis, The New Imperialism, The Scramble for Africa, The Boer War, The Suffragette Movement in Britain).

 

MINI-COMPANY

 

Students will have an opportunity to set up their own business. They will decide on a product or service idea, raise money by selling shares,
be involved in the decision making process and produce, advertise and sell their product. It is suitable for all students whether or not they have studied business beforehand.

 

 

FORENSIC SCIENCE

 

Forensic Science starts with the history of crime and it’s detection prior to 1900, moves to the beginnings of Forensic Science and uses experimentation to answer questions that may be encountered in real life cases.

 

 

CHEMISTRY

 

Aims are to improve problem-solving skills, give students an appreciation of the practical value of chemistry and to encourage students to work independently in a science laboratory.

 

Content includes separating mixtures, reactions of acids and bases, volumetric analysis, ion exchange reactions, flame tests, analysis of foods.

 

Emphasis is on students designing and carrying out their own experiments.

 

Assessment is in two parts:

  • written piece on any aspect of Chemistry (not presented as a project, simply includes writing on the chosen topic).
  • practical exam carried out in class.

 

 

PHYSICS

 

This module covers different aspects of physics and works on the skills
a scientist needs to carry out her/his work.

The module provides a ‘taster’ of some of the Physics experiments carried out In Leaving Cert Physics.

 

The aspects of Physics studied will include:

mechanics e.g.force/motion/energy

heat
optics

History of Physics…Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, Einstein

 

The skills covered will include drawing graphs, using scientific calculators, experiments/investigations, making oral presentations.

 

The module sometimes includes a short research project and presentation on some agreed topic in Physics/Science.

 

Assessment to be based on portfolio of work done, oral presentation, level of commitment to learning, participation and positive contribution displayed during the module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 COOKERY

 

What will be covered in the module

 

– Safety and Hygiene in the Kitchen

– Shopping for Food

– A Balanced Diet

– Meal Planning

– Diet and Health: Anaemia, Osteoporosis, Obesity, Diabetes, etc,

– Convenience Foods

– Reading Labels

– Eating Out and Table Etiquette

– Cookery around the World

– Being Physically Active

– Cookery Skills – Practical Cookery Class Every Week

 

What do you need for this module?

 

– 1 apron

– 1 lunchbox/container to take food home in

– Display folder

 

Assessment                         Ethnic Cookery Assignment

Written Project – 50%

Ethnic Dish – 50%

 

 

BOOK TO FILM

 

Here is a short description of Book to Film studies:

Read the book and watch the movie version and analyse the similarities and differences between the written text and the visual text.

 

Students cover 4-5 texts during the module.Students also learn film terms and techniques and how to identify them.They also learn memorable quotes from both the book and film.

 

Students complete an assignment at the end of the module where they explore one of the texts in detail.

 

 

MEDIA STUDIES

 

We live in a media­saturated world. From video clips on your phone, to TV ads to blockbuster movies, to posters at the bus stop, to the music in your earbuds, you are surrounded by media messages for most of your waking hours. How do you make sense of them all? How do you know what they are trying to communicate — both on an obvious and a less obvious level? How do you know how much you have been influenced — consciously or subconsciously — by these media messages? Does the media reflect your

reality, or control the way you view it?

It’s been said that media literacy is as important to living in the 21st century as regular literacy was to the 20th century. Media Studies helps you develop an important set of skills that will help you increase your knowledge and understanding of:

 

  • Communication
  • Design
  • Planning
  • Presentation
  • Evaluation
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Research
  • Storytelling
  • Technology
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Culture
  • Citizenship

 

 

 TECHNICAL GRAPHICS / DCG.

 

This module caters for both beginners and those who have studied Technical Graphics for Junior Cert.

All students are catered for and they will be introduced to the Leaving Cert Design, Communications Graphics course and an introduction to Computer Aided Design using the Solidworks design package.

If you are interested in Architecture, engineering, Graphic design and all other practical courses that involve the design and drawing of projects, this subject is relevant.

 

 

 

WOODWORK.

 

This module gives pupils an opportunity to learn basic furniture skills and also introduces the student to the Leaving Cert Construction Studies course.
Also, it gives the student an opportunity to design and construct their TY Year project.

Students can design and make a piece of furniture or musical instrument depending on their interest and motivation. This project can be taken home.

 

 

YOUNG SOCIAL INNOVATORS (YSI)

 

Young Social Innovators is a national programme with hundreds of schools involved.

Students decide on a social issue which is important to them; they learn about it, then develop a plan to take positive action on that issue – then implement the plan!

The issues may relate to their peers, their school, the wider community or the wider world.

Recent Mount Temple projects have been on Marriage Equality, Healthy Living, Mental Health, providing equipment for a rural health centre in Ghana.
ARCHIVES

 

The objective will be to scan, photos, documents, articles, slides, and various media belonging to the school ( and perhaps former schools that amalgamated to form Mount Temple). To collate and record this media with the possibility of creating a website to display relevant material.

 

Students will learn skills such as photography, digital editing, scanning techniques, file management, web design, archive skills, teamwork and collaboration.
YOUTH ACTION PROJECT (CRC)

 

Aims to ensure that young people become better informed regarding local, national and global issues.

…to develop and  nurture positive and effective action amongst young people.

…to promote and establish the ideal All Different All Equal and make it a key part of our culture.

…to create an atmosphere of respect and solidarity.

…to work and share with others in order to sustain a peaceful future.

 

As a group we undertake weekly volunteer work in both the CRC and CHILDVISION. These placements include:

Classroom assistant, swimming assistant (age 16 and over), stable hand (previous experience required), small animal carer, horticulture and general maintenance.

 

Throughout the year we also partake in a variety of fundraising events in aid of organisations such as AWARE, DUBLIN SIMON COMMUNITY, CRC and CHILDVISION.

 

We explore current local, national and global issues and choose one to focus on and spread awareness.

 

 

 

 

 

EUROPEAN COMPUTER DRIVING LICENCE (ECDL)

 

In Transition Year in Mount Temple we offer a year module for ECDL. ECDL is a computer literacy certification which is globally recognised.

Students with ICT skills will enjoy an enriched educational experience and will be better prepared for life, work and further learning.

The cost of the ECDL course in school is €150. This comprises of an online learning account, 7 module tests and 7 mock tests. In school the students have 2 hours (3 periods) of class time. However, students need to be prepared to give at least another 2 hours a week at home also to this course.

If students are interested a €50 deposit must be paid to Ms. Morrissey in Y6 by Friday 8th May. Please sign the permission slip below and return with deposit in an envelope with student’s name on the outside. As places are limited it will be allocated on a first come basis.

 

 

 HOCKEY

 

This module is run in conjunction with Hockey Ireland. Students learn the basics of coaching and umpiring. They must give their own time to coach younger students after school. A booklet is completed and assessed by the IHA. On completion students receive a certificate from Hockey Ireland.

 

GAMES

 

Students are given the opportunity to participate in activities for a triple class in six week blocks. Some of these activities take place outside the school grounds. There is a cost depending on the activities assigned to each student. Activities may consist of TRX, Bootcamp, Pilates, Yoga, Rock Climbing, Capoeira, Rowing.

 

 

DRAMA

 

Practical, workshop based module on drama.

 

 

DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION

 

This year long course examines the disparities in human living conditions – the continued existence of inequality at local and global scales and of different perspectives on such divides.

 

During the year students will research NGOs, listen to speakers and become actively involved in projects which make a difference including organising the Mount Temple annual Diversity Week.

 

The course will include a module spent learning Swahili, the language of East Africa. This would be a distinct advantage to a student who is considering a career in an NGO environment.

 

 

PHILOSOPHY

 

In Philosophy (2 periods a week) we cover the great philosophers from Socrates,Plato,Aristotle,Epicurus,Augustine,Aquinas,Descartes,Hume,
Kant,Nietzsche,Marx,Ayer,Sartre,Camus,Kierkegaard,Heidegger.

We look at Philosophy and Science, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Medical Ethics; how to argue. We use YouTube material on the great ideas, some video material on Nietzsche/Sartre etc. I try to make the ideas contemporary and challenging rather than just a study of dead greybeards.

 

 

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

 

In Religion we look at some of the topics included in the Leaving Cert course. As usually I have not met any of these students in Junior cycle, I deconstruct religion (using de Mello’s stories) presenting it more as an existential emotional challenge rather than a mythic or creedal construct. We try to have good discussions and fun.

 

 

 

EUROPEAN STUDIES

 

The European Studies class has two different strands. Firstly we are involved in the The European Studies Programme which links our schools to schools across Europe through projects furthering tolerance, where we get to find out about the day to day lives and experiences of other students. We learn about their views and ideas and how they see the future of Europe and the world.

Secondly, we look at politics. We explore why?  Why do we have government? What is the rationale behind laws? Why the European Union? What does it offer Ireland?… and many other questions.

 

 

SPANISH

 

An introduction to Spanish language and culture. Common phrases. The basics of spanish grammar. How to communicate in Spain.

 

 

APPLIED MATHS… TY MODULE

 

Applied maths involves using maths to solve real life problems.  It is an excellent leaving certificate subject to opt for particularly if you enjoy maths as it complements your core mathematics course and also the physics course.  Students are often frightened of taking this subject as they think it is too difficult or harder than higher maths but those students that opt for Applied maths generally do much better in it in comparison to other subjects.

In fact, in 2014, Applied Maths had the highest percentage of As of any curricular subject, with 28.2% of Higher Level and a massive 41.6% of Ordinary Level Students getting As.  This is generally the trend throughout the years.The TY module being offered to students will give them a flavour of what is involved in Applied Maths for Leaving cert.  It is a half year module and is timetabled twice a week.

 

Students will engage in activities designed to help them develop as mathematicians working with their peers to help them develop their skills of

 

 systemic mathematic enquiry

 visualising

 representing

 modelling

 Exploring and noticing structure

 Mathematic enquiry and conjecture.

 

There will be a day trip involved where students will partake in outdoor maths activities

 

Assessment: Continuous Informal assessment – students will keep a folder where all their class work will be kept and assessed at the end of the module.  Notes will be taken on students’ involvement when working in groups also.

More information will be added soon.