Geography and Key Skills

In addition to their specific content and knowledge, the subjects and short courses of junior cycle provide students with opportunities to develop a range of key skills. This course offers opportunities to support all key skills but some are particularly significant. The examples below identify some of the elements that are related to learning activities in Geography. The 8 key skills are set out in detail in Key Skills of Junior Cycle

Key skill Key skill element Examples of possible student learning activities
Being creative

Exploring options and alternatives

Learning creatively

Stimulating creativity using digital technology

Students learn about global issues such as climate change and explore mitigation and prevention options.
Students create models to explain the formation of fold mountains.
Students use videos and animations to explain a population change.

Being literate Expressing ideas clearly and accurately Students debate how economic development influences opportunities for a young person.
Being numerate

Seeing patterns, trends, and relationships
Gathering, interpreting, and representing data

Students analyse settlement patterns.

Students measure, record and graph average rainfall over a given period using a rain gauge.


Listening and expressing myself

Discussing and debating

Students collaborate with their peers to prepare a project on the sustainable use of Irish resources.
Students discuss the impact of human activities on climate change.
Managing information and thinking

Being curious

Thinking creatively and critically
Gathering, recording, organising and evaluating information and data

Students investigate the origin of their town or village.

Students design hazard management defences.
Students investigate the formation and behaviour of a hurricane.

Managing myself

Knowing myself
Being able to reflect on my own learning

Students reflect on their learning by discussing and acting on feedback from their teacher, such as during the Classroom-Based Assessment process.
Staying well Being social

Being positive about learning

Being responsible, safe and ethical in using digital media
Students work as part of a team to complete a project on economic activities in their area.
Students choose an area of personal interest to explore based on an area of learning they have experienced.
Students being responsible, safe and ethical in using any digital media to research a geographical topic.
Working with others Developing good relationships and dealing with conflict


Respecting difference
Students listen to different views and collaborate to plan a presentation on industrial conflict with the environment.
Students assign roles and plan group projects.  
Students respect differences through learning about different cultures.