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Materials Technology Wood (Woodwork) is one of the technology subjects offered at Junior Cycle.

In Materials Technology Wood, you will learn to design small projects and the skills required to use tools and equipment to make your designs. You will work mainly with wood but also with other materials. You will learn about wood as a material and how it is produced.

Materials Technology Wood

What will I learn in Materials Technology Wood ?

Some of the things you will learn include:
• how to design a project given a brief description of what you are to make
• how to use the internet for research purposes
• how to use freehand sketching to communicate your ideas
• how to prepare a design drawing/plan f a project you design
• how to read design drawings and make small projects from these drawings
• how to safely use a range of hand and
power tools in producing your design.

How will I learn Materials Technology Wood in school?

Some of the things you may do with your teacher and your classmates are:
• examine trees, their leaves and seeds and beable to recognise their varying characteristics
• investigate how trees affect the environmentaround us
• learn to sketch freehand
• learn how to problem solve and use a design process to design projects
• develop your craft skills to allow you to make projects
• prepare a design folder to accompany your project.

What is the Materials Technology Wood Junior Certificate exam like?

There are two parts to the exam:
• coursework – you will design a project based on a given design brief (instructions).You will then make the project and prepare a project folder to accompany it (66%).
• written examination – there will be a two hour written paper which examines the woodwork theory you have learned over the three years (33%).
You can take the exam at Higher or at Ordinary level.When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.

Will Materials Technology Wood have anything to do with other subjects I will be studying?

Yes. Materials Technology Wood will be useful to you in the study of any of the other three technology subjects,Technical Graphics,Metalwork and Technology.Many of the skills involved in this subject are also
used in the other subjects. Materials Technology Wood is also related to some of the topics covered in Science and Art,Craft,Design.

Will Materials Technology Wood be very different after the Junior Certificate?

Materials Technology Wood develops into Construction Studies in senior cycle. In this subject:
• the emphasis is on the principles behind building and construction
• there is a large amount of practical work involved in the course
• drawing skills learned in Materials Technology Wood will be further developed.

How will Materials Technology Wood be useful to me?

• You will know the correct procedures to follow when developing an idea into a finished artefact e.g. a piece of furniture or a child’s toy etc.
• You will be able to identify different trees, recognise their importance to us and our environment
• You will also have the skills to make objects from wood and know how to apply appropriate finishes to them, e.g.paint, varnish, stain or polish.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ms Ciara Breslin

Mr Denis Malone

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