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This syllabus for physical education at junior-cycle level is based on the general rationale, aim and outcomes for junior cycle education outlined in the opening section of this document. Further aims, objectives and learning outcomes are presented at the start of the sections outlining the various areas of study within the syllabus.


The aims of junior cycle physical education are to:

  • provide the opportunity for students to develop personally, socially, and physically through participation in physical activities in a safe, challenging and enjoyable environment 
  • reinforce and further develop the physical education knowledge, understanding, skills, and competencies acquired at primary level 
  • prepare students for the requirements of further programmes of study, of employment, or of life outside full-time education 
  • provide an opportunity for students to critically reflect on physical activity through participation in a broad, well-balanced programme 
  • develop in students an ability to make informed judgements in respect of physical activity 
  • encourage an appreciation of physical activity and of the benefits of an active lifestyle 
  • promote positive attitudes towards participation in physical activity and towards co-operation with others in that participation 
  • enable students to take responsibility for the organisation and development of their learning within the framework provided.
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