## The Institute Christmas Camp for 1st Year Students

The Institute Christmas Camp is a 5-day academic course designed to increase knowledge, understanding and confidence in Maths, Science, English and Irish for students currently in 1st year of the Junior Cycle. Taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, the camp is designed to strengthen the basics in these four core subjects and introduce students to the skills and techniques they need to succeed at Junior Cycle level.

Booking is not currently available for this course. For further information on grinds and part-time courses please contact our main office on 01 661 3511.

#### Subjects

Students attending these classes receive the following benefits:

• Tuition from highly qualified and experienced educators.
• Comprehensive, exam focused course notes, which support classroom tuition.
• Strategies for maximising exam performance.

Maths

In this course students are encouraged to gain confidence in their problem solving and communication skills through a series of practical exercises and focused assignments.

Topics from:

• Number I
Properties and Characteristics of numbers, the Number Line, Natural numbers, Integers, Factors, Squares, Prime Numbers.
• Number II
Fractions & Decimals: Operations, Rounding, Order of operations (BEMDAS).
• Probability
Concepts of probability, sample spaces, two-way tables, word problems.
• Sets
Elements in a set, set relationships, set operations, intersection & union, Venn diagrams, complement and universal set.
• Arithmetic
Percentages, Fractions, Financial calculations, Calculations performed with and without a calculator.
• Algebra I
Introduction to algebra, operations, simplifications, brackets, powers.

Science

In this course students are introduced to key elements of the Junior Cycle Common Level Science syllabus.

Topics from:

• Biology
Cells.
Transport in the Body.
Food.
• Chemistry
Atoms.
Elements.
Compounds.
Periodic Table.
• Physics
Measurement.
Energy.
• Earth & Space
Earth.
Moon.
Sun.

English

In these classes students are introduced to the key skills they will need to succeed in Junior Cycle English.

Topics from:

• Structure
Sentence and paragraph building, with a focus on clear communication.
How to overcome the ‘I know what I want to say, but don’t know how to say it’ problem.
• The characteristics of good storytelling
What makes good narrative writing?
How to apply these elements to the analysis of a text and to creative writing.
• Introduction to Poetry
What to look for in a poem, in terms of style and theme?
Vocabulary that allows you to express a view of a given poem.
• Drama and Fiction
All 2nd and 3rd Years will be required to read a novel and a play in preparation for their Junior Cert. This class shows students what to look for when reading their text, and also highlights the important aspects of a text that should be prepared.

Irish

This course is designed to introduce students to the requirements of the new Junior Cycle Irish course.

Topics from:

• Scileanna Labhartha
Phrases to improve spoken skills, boosting confidence ahead of the Classroom Based Assessments.
• Léamhthuiscint
Focus on the key question words and phrases, in addition to practising Junior Cycle comprehensions.
Irish grammar forms an integral part of the course and there is particular emphasis put on verbs in all tenses.
• Cluastuiscint
The listening exam. Students practice the skill of answering the listening section of the Junior Cycle.

#### Timetable

Course Dates: Monday 30 December 2019 – Friday 03 January 2020

The updated timetable for 2020 will be posted shortly.

TimeSubject
10.15am- 11.15amScience
11.30am- 12.30pmMaths
1.15pm- 2.15pmIrish
2.30pm- 3.30pmEnglish

• Classes will operate 1 hour later on New Year’s Day
• Lunchroom facilities are available and students can bring a packed lunch.
• All classes take place on our main school campus, 79-85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

#### Fees

Fees for 2020 will be posted shortly.

SubjectFee
1 subject€215
2 subjects€330
3 subjects€425
4 subjects€475
• Credit Card payments accepted
• 10% reduction for the second and subsequent members of the same family, attending the same courses. Please contact our office to avail of this discount.
• Fees are non-transferable

#### FAQ

Q: Can I be admitted to class without my card?

A:It is every student’s personal responsibility to ensure they have their card with them each time they attend classes at the Institute. We have the right to refuse admission to any student who does not comply with this regulation. If you have misplaced or have not received your card please come into our reception and we will issue you with a replacement or temporary card.

Q: Is there a place I can get lunch?

A: Yes, we have an onsite canteen serving a variety of sandwiches and drinks. Also, locally, there are sandwich bars and shops.

Q: My son/daughter is unwell and cannot attend. Can I have a refund?

A: No, there are no refunds. However, if you return the student’s admission card to us immediately, along with a short letter of explanation, at the discretion of management, a credit note can be put on the student’s file for future use or for use by a sibling.

Q: My son/daughter cannot attended the course. Can we buy the notes?

A: No. Teaching is a central part of all our courses. The notes are to facilitate recall and revision of the day’s work covered by the teacher.

Q: Am I entitled to the notes from classes that I was absent from?

A: Yes, however you must deal directly with your teacher in relation to this. Administration staff do not have access to class notes.