Junior Cycle 

At Woodbrook College we are proud of our modern facilities and grounds. Our students are stimulated by their educational surroundings to become confident, independent learners. We offer a wide-ranging and balanced curriculum, preparing our students for life in the 21st Century. 

Our teachers are highly committed and dedicated.  They work closely in a spirit of collaboration, striving for excellence, supporting each student to fulfil their potential. All of our staff endeavour to support this continuously evolving, learning environment. We strive to create a broad educational experience which enables our students to become capable, self-assured, happy young adults.  

The school has a dedicated Support for Learning (SfL) team that has had remarkable success in realising the potential of students, whose abilities might otherwise have remained unseen. 

This is an exciting time in education. We have a clear vision of the environment we are creating. Our students are always at the core of our development plans. 

Our core subjects in Junior Cycle are Irish, English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and Religious Education along with three subjects for the following options: Art, Business, French, German Graphics, Home Economics, Music, Spanish and Wood Technology.  

Our wellbeing program consisting of many varied programmes under CSPE, SPHE, PE and Tutor time which are intended to support your child’s development over their time in Woodbrook.  

For more details, please check out the links below:

1st Year Introduction Booklet
Subject Options booklet

What is the Junior Cycle? 

The Junior Cycle is a three-year programme of study in post-primary school. It aims to develop students’ basic skills and knowledge in key areas of development as a foundation for learning for life beyond school. The programme of study offers a range of learning opportunities through subjects (core and options), short courses and other learning experiences, including community initiatives and extra-curricular activities. 

The Junior cycle Programme at Woodbrook College includes a variety of learning experiences that place students at the centre of the learning process across the three-year programme. These include opportunities to use virtual reality in education, field trips, creative writing workshops, fieldwork, science experiments, language days and sporting activities.  

Information for Primary and Post-Primary Parents

Principles of the Junior Cycle Framework:

Eight principles underpin the Framework for Junior Cycle. These principles have informed the planning, development, and the implementation of junior cycle programmes in Woodbrook College. The eight principles of the Junior Cycle Programme are:

  • Learning to learn
  • Choice and flexibility
  • Quality
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Engagement and participation
  • Continuity and development
  • Inclusive education
  • Wellbeing

Key Skills of the Junior Cycle

The programme is also underpinned by the development of key skills that help learners develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to face many challenges in today’s world. They also support students in learning how to learn and take responsibility for their own learning..

Some initiatives in Woodbrook College can be seen below:


Presenting projects on Minecraft in Post-Primary Education at the Teaching Council Feilte event

Cyber Security

Presenting projects on cyber security to UCD School of Computer Science and Cyberspace/Security

Virtual Reality

The use of virtual reality as a teaching and learning tool to create rich learning experiences for students

Wood Technology

A variety of Wood Technology projects completed over the course of three years


A variety of science experiments completed over the course of three years

You can find out more about the Junior Cycle Programme by watching the videos below: