Lucille Holden (7): spends hours watching looming tutorials online and trying to copy them. Photograph: Eric Luke

This summer, children will be trailing elastic circles everywhere they go – just look down at the ground. What’s going on?

It was an “unnerving” day for the almost 5,000 students sitting Leaving Cert economics

EXAMWATCH: Leaving Cert design and communication graphics and economics

The song of the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz was just one of the musical compositions under scrutiny in this year’s Junior Cert music.

Junior Certificate music and technology

Soccer was a welcome theme on the Junior Cert Spanish paper. Photograph: Andre Camara/Reuters.

Students happy to see soccer questions

Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in Breaking Bad.

Spanish students also happy with exam, despite some challenging vocabulary

The Junior Cert German  exam and syllabus are being modified to reflect the norms of the Common European Framework for Languages. Numbers taking up German t at this level had been slipping as the exam was considered quite challenging.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Great paper from a student’s point of view, with very accessible language

A good knowledge of plumbing and a firm grasp of the English language were the tools of the trade on the Leaving Cert Construction Studies exam. Photograph: Getty Images

A well-constructed paper that was well put together

Stress of studying, use of headphones and other accessible topics on German paper

Even the smartest student would have trouble covering the whole gallery question in the time

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