Coursework B Junior Cert Science Revision

3E Science Timeline

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Wednesday 28/5/14:
TO DO: Revision and exam papers.
DONE: Revision and students given another sample exam paper. Revised specific topics that students had difficulty with - triangle equations, Hooke's Law, moments.

Tuesday 27/5/14:
TO DO: Revision and exam papers.
DONE: Revision of ecology, the cell and plant reproduction and sample exam papers.

Monday 26/5/14:
TO DO: Revision and exam papers.
DONE: Students continued with the sample examination papers.

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Wednesday 21/5/14:
TO DO: Revision and exam papers.
DONE: Revision and students completed the third sample exam paper given. Revised specific topics that students had difficulty with - atomic structure; Bohr structures; chemical bonding; electronics; Ohm's Law; preparation of oxygen hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

Tuesday 20/5/14:

TO DO: Revision and exam papers.
DONE: Revision and new sample exam paper given out. Homework: complete paper.

Monday 19/5/14:

TO DO: Revision and exam papers.
DONE: Students continued with the sample examination papers. Homework: complete questions 1 - 3 of sample examination paper 3.

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Wednesday 14/5/14:
TO DO:
Revision and exam papers.
DONE: Students continued with the sample examination papers. Homework: complete sample paper 2 for next Monday.

Tuesday 13/5/14:
TO DO: Revision and exam papers.
DONE: Gave out another sample exam paper. Started correcting sample exam paper 1. Homework: complete the rest of sample paper 1.

Monday 12/5/14:
TO DO: Revision and exam papers.
DONE: Students worked on sample paper 1. Homework: complete Questions 1, 2 and 3 of the exam paper.

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Wednesday 7/5/14:
TO DO:
Continue with exam papers.
DONE: Students continued with the SEC official exam paper. Went over the marking scheme of the 2008 paper. Homework: complete the rest of the SEC exam paper.

Tuesday 6/5/14:
TO DO:
Continue with exam papers.
DONE: Students continued with the exam papers - State Exams Commission official sample paper. Homework: Complete questions 1 - 3.

Monday 5/5/14: BANK HOLIDAY

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Wednesday 30/4/14:
TO DO: Will be absent due to athletics.
DONE: Left work for the students to complete. Students worked on past exam papers 2007 and 2006. Homework: complete all questions in these exam papers.

Tuesday 29/4/14:
TO DO:
Continue with the exam papers and give test on Biology definitions.
DONE: Students continued with the 2007 exam paper questions. Gave test on biology definitions. Homework: learn off chemistry definitions.

Monday 28/4/14:
TO DO: Continue with the exam papers.
DONE: Students continued with the exam papers. Most students had not completed up to 2007. Students worked mostly on the 2008 paper. Homework: learn off definitions in the Biology section for a short test tomorrow.

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Wednesday 9/4/14:
TO DO: Final work on coursework B practical and write-ups.
DONE: Students completed write-ups of coursework B. Homework: Questions 4, 5 and 6 of the 2007 exam paper.

Tuesday 8/4/14:
TO DO: Students will continue with their coursework B write-ups.
DONE: Students continued with write-ups. Homework: Questions 1, 2 and 3 of the 2007 exam paper.

Monday 7/4/14:
TO DO: Students to continue with their coursework B write-ups.
DONE: Students continued writing up their coursework. Homework: Questions 7, 8 and 9 of the 2008 exam paper.

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Wednesday 2/4/14:
TO DO:
Coursework B - Investigate and compare the effects of pH on the catalytic effect of the enzyme catalase, found in (a) celery and (b) animal liver, on the rate of breakdown of hydrogen peroxide.
DONE: Coursework B biology practical completed by most students. A number of students will attend an extra practical class tomorrow lunchtime to finish off their biology practical. Homework: Questions 4, 5 and 6 of the 2008 exam paper.

Tuesday 1/4/14:
TO DO:
Continue with coursework B write-ups.
DONE: Students continued with coursework B write-ups. Homework: Q1, 2 and 3 of the 2008 exam paper.

Monday 31/3/14:
TO DO: Start the coursework B write-up with students.
DONE: Students worked on writing up coursework B. Homework: complete more research and preparation for experiment to be completed on Wednesday. Show evidence of this research and planning.

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Wednesday 26/3/14:
TO DO: Coursework B - practical activity to plot solubility curves for KCl and NaHCO3.
DONE: Finished practical element of plotting solubility curves for KCl and NaHCO3. Some groups moved onto the biology experiment. Homework: complete questions 7, 8 and 9 of the 2009 exam paper.

Tuesday 25/3/14:
No class due to a business studies talk for third year students.

Monday 24/3/14:

TO DO: Give back pre-junior cert science exam and go over questions.
DONE: Corrected questions 1 - 5 of the pre-junior science cert exam. Homework: Complete questions 4, 5 and 6 of the 2009 exam paper.

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Wednesday 19/3/14:

TO DO: Practical work on coursework B.
DONE: Coursework B investigations. Homework: Questions 1, 2 and 3 of 2009 exam paper.

Tuesday 18/3/14:
No class due to day off.

Monday 17/3/14:
St. Patrick's Day - Public Holiday.

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Wednesday 12/3/14:
TO DO: Practical activities - coursework B.DONE: Coursework B practical activity to determine how solubility of potassium chloride and sodium carbonate (anhydrous) varies with temperature. Homework: Questions 7, 8, 9 of the 2010 paper.

Tuesday 11/3/14:
TO DO: Continue with exam papers.
DONE: Covered the biology and chemistry sections of the 2011 paper. Homework: complete questions 4, 5, 6 of the 2010 paper.

Monday 10/3/14:
TO DO: Continue with exam papers (2011-2010).
DONE: Students worked on the 2010 exam paper. Homework: Questions 1, 2 and 3 of the 2010 exam paper.

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Wednesday 5/3/14: No class - pre-junior cert exams.

Tuesday 4/3/14: No class - pre-junior cert exams.

Monday 3/3/14: No class - pre-junior cert exams.

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Wednesday 26/2/14:
Covered the HL 2013 marking scheme. Small amount of revision on various topics. Homework: study for upcoming pre-junior cert science exam.

Tuesday 25/2/14: 
Away at Connacht Cross-Country Champs. Left specific work to be completed during class and to be finished for homework: Questions 4, 5 and 6 of the 2011 Junior Cert Science paper.

Monday 24/2/14:
Away at Project Maths Inservice Workshop 10. Left specific work to be completed during class and to be finished for homework: Questions 1, 2 and 3 of the 2011 Junior Cert Science paper.

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Wednesday 12/2/14: 
Investigations experimental work. Practical activity: to determine how solubility of potassium chloride and sodium carbonate (anhydrous) varies with temperature. Homework: complete questions 7, 8 and 9 of the 2012 science HL paper.

Tuesday 11/2/14:
Away at a soccer match. Left work for students to complete: questions 4, 5 and 6 of the 2012 science HL paper. Homework: to finish Q4, 5 and 6.

Monday 10/2/14: Corrected 2013 Biology and Chemistry sections. Homework: complete questions 1, 2 and 3 of the 2012 paper.

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Wednesday 5/2/14:
Investigations experimental work. Practical activity: to determine how solubility of potassium chloride and sodium carbonate (anhydrous) varies with temperature. Homework: write up all practical work conducted today and complete questions 7, 8 and 9 of the 2013 science paper.

Tuesday 4/2/14: Corrected the Biology questions 2013. Students continued with the Chemistry questions from 2013. Homework: complete questions 4, 5, 6 of the 2013 paper.

Monday 3/2/14: Started completing the exam paper questions. 2013 Biology section started. Homework: complete questions 1-3 of 2013.

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Wednesday 29/1/14:
Investigations experimental work. Practical activity: to determine how solubility of potassium chloride and sodium carbonate (anhydrous) varies with temperature. Homework: write up all practical work conducted today.

Tuesday 28/1/14: Away the schools GAA Handball competition. Left worksheets for students to complete. Homework: finish worksheets.

Monday 27/1/14:
Corrected the test questions. Students completed worksheets. Homework: Complete worksheets and bring in your exam papers from now on.

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Wednesday 22/1/14:
Investigations experimental work. Practical activity: to determine how solubility of potassium chloride and sodium carbonate varies with temperature. Homework: write up practical work completed today.

Tuesday 21/1/14: Students did worksheets on Microbiology. Homework: Complete worksheets.

Monday 20/1/14:
Test on Chapters 16, 30 and 44.

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Wednesday 15/1/14: Practical activity: to grow microorganisms using agar. Homework: Complete questions 10 - 14 p145 of textbook and the questions on pages 66, 67 and 68 of the workbook and study Chapters 16, 30 and 44 for a test next Monday.

Tuesday 14/1/14:
Corrected homework questions. Students completed workbook questions on microbiology. Homework: Questions 7, 8, 9 p144-145.

Monday 13/1/14:
Started Chapter 16: Microbiology and Biotechnology. Homework: Questions 1 - 6 p144 of textbook.

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Wednesday 8/1/14:
Coursework B investigations started in the labs today. Homework: write up at least half A4 page or one page in your exercise copy of what you did today, any results you obtained, any ways in which you could have conducted the experiment better, and a diagram where applicable.

Tuesday 7/1/14:
Corrected homework. Students did extra questions in workbook and worksheet during class. Homework: prepare for your coursework B investigations tomorrow in the lab. Devise a detailed plan as to how you are going to conduct your investigation.

Monday 6/1/14:
Started Chapter 30: Plastics. Showed a YouTube clip of the effect of plastics on wild life in Australia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwTDvqaqPlM. Homework: complete all questions at the end of Chapter 30.

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Wednesday 18/12/13: Students completed more research online in the computer room for the first class. Students started the chemistry investigation: to investigate and compare how the solubilities, in water, of (a) potassium chloride and (b) sodium carbonate (anhydrous) change with temperature. Homework: complete more planning and research on how you are going to complete the investigation.

Tuesday 17/12/13:
Completed correction of the Christmas Mock exam. Discussed the topic of coursework B (practical investigations 2014). Discussed the important aspect of researching the chosen topics and how students will go about devising and carrying out their experiment(s). Gave revision crosswords worksheet on chemical bonding and the periodic table. Homework: complete both crosswords.

Monday 16/12/13:
Corrected Christmas exam. Homework: continue research for coursework B showing evidence of research.

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Wednesday 11/12/13:
Revision of reflection and refraction of light experiments. New reflection and refraction light ray diagrams drawn. Homework: Start some research on the JC Science Investigations 2014 (see Home page). Bring in evidence of your research for next Monday 16th December.

Tuesday 10/12/13: Away at soccer - gave revision worksheets. Homework: complete worksheets.

Monday 9/12/13: No class due to LC PTM.

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Wednesday 4/12/13:
No class due to Christmas Mock exams.

Tuesday 3/12/13: No class due to Christmas Mock exams.

Monday 2/12/13: No class due to Christmas Mock exams.

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Wednesday 27/11/13
: Experiment to test a leaf for starch. Students completed their write-up of the experiment. Homework: study for next week's Christmas Mock science exam: Chapter 1-11, 17-23, and 36-44.

Tuesday 26/11/13: Corrected homework questions. Covered the topics: Seed structure; Fruit; Seed and fruit dispersal; and Germination. Homework: Questions 9-13 p118-119.

Monday 25/11/13
: Started Plant Reproduction. Covered flower structure and function. Homework: Questions 1 - 8 p117-118.

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Overview Of Junior Cert Science Questions

The questions in the junior cert science exam are so varied; that it is difficult to specify certain topics you must study. There are no options to which questions you must do on this paper – you must do everything on the paper. The questions on the actual exam paper (65%) include three on biology, three on chemistry and three on physics – obviously each question has many parts to it.

  • Short questions are obviously self-explanatory, in terms of how you would answer.
  • Longer questions involve you showing a strong understanding of the topic being asked for. You must include key terms associated with the question, in your answer.
  • Experiment questions involve you stating the method of doing the experiment, or the conclusion/result of the experiment. Here, you just need to know the experiment very well, in order to include all the steps you followed.
  • You may also be asked to draw a diagram in the experiment questions, and you will need to label everything drawn in the diagram.
  • Other questions, which may appear, are ones on graphs and equations.

The junior cert science experiment book with all the mandatory experiments (10%) follows a format of you stating the experiment, equipment used, method, results and conclusion, and drawing a diagram.

  • You must complete every single experiment in this experiment book (not all experiments in your schoolbook are mandatory, but all the ones in the experiment book are mandatory and must be filled out).
  • You must pay attention during class, and you will find the write-ups easy (if you missed something the JC-Learn notes will help you).

The junior cert science coursework B (25%) format is laid out in the JC-Learn notes section. The headings include introduction, method, diagram, evaluation, results and conclusion.

  • All of the questions on the write-up must be answered, and you should fill out all the space offered to you in the answer booklet, in order to achieve highly in this section.
  • The write-ups for the two experiments are quite straightforward as long as you participate constantly throughout your groups experiment (usually groups of four do experiment together).
  • As long as you have studied the topic of the titles given, you will find this section very easy, as you will understand how to attempt the experiment in a logical manner.

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Exam timing and guidelines

Junior Cert Science Exam timing:

  • The mandatory experiment book obviously has no time frame, as it is something you are completing throughout the junior cert course.
  • The coursework B write-up of the two experiments has an unlimited time frame (your teacher will allocate a day which you complete it on), so you will not be under time pressure.
  • The junior cert science paper itself is two hours long. This means you should be spending 40 minutes on each section (biology, chemistry and physics). Each section has three questions within it, meaning you should spend about 12/13 minutes on each question, which leaves at least 5 minutes at the end of the exam to look over it.

Order To Do Junior Cert Science Paper:

  • You should just complete the paper in the order it is already in, unless you are a lot stronger in one of the areas (in that case you should do that area at the beginning).
  • You do not know what topics may come up, so it is hard to set an order in which you will do the exam.

Junior Cert Science Exam layout & Marking Schemes:

  • Biology (120 marks) has three questions. Question 1 is worth 52 marks, and it longer than the other two questions. Question 2 and 3 are both worth 39 marks.
  • Chemistry (120 marks) has three questions. Question 1 is worth 52 marks, and it longer than the other two questions. Question 2 and 3 are both worth 39 marks.
  • Physics (120 marks) has three questions. Question 1 is worth 52 marks, and it longer than the other two questions. Question 2 and 3 are both worth 39 marks.

There is no set marking scheme for the mandatory experiments.

The marking scheme for coursework B is as follows –

  1. Introduction = 10 marks
  2. Preparation and planning = 40 marks
  3. Procedure, Apparatus, Safety, Data collection/Observations = 40 marks
  4. Analysis = 40 marks
  5. Comment = 20 marks

What To Do Before Exam?

  • Revise over your condensed notes of every single chapter
  • Single out chapters you find most difficult and quickly scan over all the details within the chapter.
  • Stay calm, and remember that there will always be enough on this large exam to let you perform strongly.
  • Be confident – if you have studied the notes, advice and exam answers on JC-Learn, know that you will achieve a very high grade.

What To Bring To The Exam:

  • You obviously should bring a pen, but also a pencil, ruler and rubber (for your diagrams).
  • You should also bring a log tables (if they do not give you one) as many formulas are in here.
  • Bring colouring pencils to exam (for diagrams), but only colour diagrams if you have time to.

If you are still nervous about the junior cert science exam then we have the perfect solution for you. Just sign up to JC-Learn!

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