Subject Overview of Irish

Key Stage 3

All students in year 8, 9 and 10 study Irish at the College. We endeavour to develop all their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. We study a range of topics and provide many opportunities to learn in fun and engaging ways. Pupils are provided with opportunities to work independently and also work with others in their classes. We believe that our KS3 curriculum prepares them well for the GCSE course if they choose to take it on as a subject. Irish is an exciting and interesting language and this comes across in the learning of the subject in the Junior years.

Some topics which are studied in Key Stage 3:

Beannachtaí /Greetings
Uimhreacha /Numbers
An t-am / The time
Mé féin agus daoine eile / Myself and others
An Aimsir / The weather
Teach agus timpeallacht / House and area
Caitheamh Aimsire /Hobbies
Saol and Uile Lae / Daily Routine
Saol na Scoile / School
Siopadóireacht / Shopping

Key Stage 4

Studying GCSE Irish develops your language skills and knowledge by raising your awareness and widening your understanding of Irish-speaking countries/communities.  You will have the opportunity to use practical Irish and take your place as a citizen in a multilingual, global society. It will give you the confidence to communicate effectively in a second language. You will be able to work independently and with others to enjoy the benefits of language learning.

You will study a range of topics in three Contexts for Learning:

  • Identity, Lifestyle and Culture;
  • Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest; and
  • School Life, Studies and the World of Work.

The four units are each worth 25% of the overall GCSE.

Key Stage 5

GCE Irish will give you a fascinating insight into the Irish language and culture. Whilst developing the ability to communicate confidently and effectively in Irish in both speaking and writing, you will also learn about the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of Irish-speaking countries and communities.  The study of Irish will significantly contribute to your personal development, will help you gain skills through independent study and research and widen your career opportunities.