The specification for junior cycle mathematics focuses on developing students’ ability to think logically, strategically, critically, and creatively through the Unifying strand and the four contextual strands: Number; Geometry and trigonometry; Algebra and functions; and Statistics and probability.
The specification has been designed for a minimum of 240 hours timetabled student engagement across the three years of junior cycle. This is a minimum and schools should be aware that there are students who would benefit from an engagement of more than than 240 hours to realise the national improvement targets set out in the  Literacy and Numeracy strategy (DES,2011).