Woodwork

Materials Technology (Wood) - Junior Cert. Projects 2017

Coursework - Design and Realisation

Design Briefs - Ordinary Level

1. Design and make a small side table on which to display a vase or ornament in your home.
Your table should be well-proportioned and sturdy. It should be elegant in appearance and should complement the decor in the room.
The footprint of the table must not exceed 300mm and the maximum height must not exceed 450mm.

2. Design and make a decorative artefact to celebrate the importance of music in your life.
The artefact should reflect a music genre or artist of your choice. Your design should be enhanced by the use of contrasting solid woods.
The artefact should be suitable for display on a mantelpiece or shelf.

3. Design and make an attractive artefact to hold and display containers of tea, coffee and sugar on a kitchen worktop.
The artefact should be stylish, compact, well made and appropriately finished. It should reflect a theme of your choice.

Design Briefs - Higher Level

1. Fruit is an important part of a healthy and balanced diet.
Design and make an artefact to store and display a range of fruit in an appealing manner. A useful and innovative secondary function must be integral to your design. The artefact should be
designed for placement on a worktop or for wall-mounting. Your design should incorporate solid wood and have an appropriate applied finish.
The maximum dimension must not exceed 400mm.

2. Young people are inspired by scientific discoveries, innovations and advancements and by their contemporary applications.
Design and make an elegant artefact reflecting a significant scientific milestone which has had an influential and lasting impact on society. Your design should incorporate native Irish hardwoods and include a range of handcraft skills and techniques.
The artefact should be suitable for display on a mantelpiece or shelf.

3. Young people like to have personal items close by while relaxing in their room.
Design and make a modern wall-mounted bedside unit which includes an integrated hand crafted lamp. Your design should incorporate a facility to store small personal items in an enclosed manner which avoids clutter. The artefact should be slimline, graceful in form and display hand crafted joints in solid wood.
Note: All electrical connections and fittings must comply with current safety standards.
The maximum dimension must not exceed 450mm.

Materials Technology (Wood) - Junior Cert. Projects 2016

Coursework - Design and Realisation

Design Briefs - Ordinary Level

1. Design and make a decorative mirror for a child’s room.
The mirror unit should be designed to be wall mounted and must incorporate a theme from a storybook or animated film. The mirror unit should be safe in use, compact and well made. Any templates used should be included in your design folio.

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2. Design and make a decorative artefact to celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The artefact should be attractive, compact and well made. It may be wall-mounted or suitable for display on a shelf and should represent a specific aspect of this international sporting event.

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3. Design and make an attractive organiser for sketching and colouring equipment. The artefact should be designed to organise and store a variety of pencils, A4 paper and other
relevant materials. The organiser should be well made and appropriately finished. The maximum dimension must not exceed 400mm.

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Design Briefs - Higher Level

1. Storage spaces in the home are sometimes located at a high level and are not easily accessed. Design and make a freestanding artefact which will enable an adult to reach such locations safely. Your artefact should be made from solid wood, with jointing techniques chosen to provide strength and stability. The unit should be designed to be portable and should incorporate an innovative secondary function. The maximum base footprint of the unit must not exceed 500mm.

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2. Marking significant historical events is an important element of cultural identity for nations across the globe. Design and make an artefact commemorating a significant historical event of your choice. The artefact should be elegant in appearance, be enhanced by the use of native Irish hardwoods and should incorporate a range of handcraft skills. Your design should be inspiring and encourage reflection on cultural values. The artefact should be suitable for display on a mantelpiece or shelf.

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3. Young people take great pride in their appearance, presentation and image. Design and make an elegant artefact which will neatly store and display a selection of personal grooming items. The artefact should be compact and designed to rest on a table top. Your design should be inspired by naturally occurring shapes and forms and should accentuate the beauty of skilfully crafted solid wood. The maximum dimension must not exceed 350mm.

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Materials Technology (Wood) - Junior Cert. Projects 2015

Coursework - Design and Realisation

Design Briefs - Ordinary Level

1. Design and make a compact desktop lamp for use by a young person in their personal space.
The design should be enhanced by the use of native solid wood and should incorporate a facility to hold a mobile phone. All electrical connections and fittings should be included and must comply with current safety standards.

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2. Design and make a decorative spice rack to enhance the kitchen area.
The artefact should be crafted from solid woods and should be designed to display the spices in an attractive manner. Your design should incorporate a culinary theme.

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3. Design and make a decorative artefact to promote a sporting activity in your school or community.
The artefact should be attractive and well made. It may be wall-mounted or suitable for display on a shelf and should represent a central aspect of your chosen sport.

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Design Briefs - Higher Level

1. At mealtimes the table can be cluttered and short of space. Design and make a portable and compact artefact to aid in the utilisation of space at mealtimes.
Your solution should hold everyday mealtime items and make them easily accessible to those dining. Your artefact should incorporate design elements that contribute to an elegant centrepiece.

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2. The transition from winter to spring is one of great change, renewal and hope. Design and make a decorative artefact which symbolises these themes.
The design and realisation of your artefact should demonstrate a range of handcraft skills. The artefact should be suitable for display on a shelf or mantelpiece.

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3. An elegant wooden feature can be functional whilst enhancing an entrance hallway. Design and make an attractive wall mounted artefact to hold three coats.
It should also incorporate a storage facility for some additional small items. The handcrafted artefact should be slimline and should evoke a theme of your choice. Your design folio should show evidence of how your theme was developed. The maximum dimension may not exceed 500mm.

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Materials Technology (Wood) - Junior Cert. Projects 2014

Coursework - Design and Realisation

Design Briefs - Ordinary Level

1. Design and make an artefact to store and display items of jewellery in an attractive manner.
The artefact should be hand-crafted from solid woods and should be able to accommodate a range of different jewellery items. It should be pleasing to look at and be lightweight and sturdy.

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2. Design and make an attractive clock for use in your home.
The design should be unique and be inspired by a major sporting event of your choice. The clock should be compact and elegant in appearance and should complement its surroundings.

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3. Design and make a small footstool suitable for use when playing console games.
The footstool should be well proportioned and should incorporate a facility to store a minimum of six games. The maximum dimension of storage unit should not exceed 400mm.

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Design Briefs - Higher Level

1. Wood is a natural tactile material that encourages a child's exploration of their environment.
Design and make an attractive educational toy suitable for use by a young child. The toy should incorporate a device or mechanism to aid the child's sensory development through play. You should demonstrate clearly how you addressed health and safety issues in your design.

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2. Many young people admire iconic figures who inspire and motivate them in their lives.
Design and make an artefact that could be presented to such a person or group and which reflects their inspirational and motivational characteristics. The artefact should be enhanced by the natural beauty of complementary solid woods.

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3. Wooden items of elegant proportions, which portray the inherent beauty of this natural material, enhance any home.
Design and make a slimline wall-mounted unit to safely store a range of first-aid items. The unit should incorporate hand-crafted joints and should harmonise with its surroundings. It should include a small removable facility for essential items for use in the event of an emergency. The maximum dimension of storage unit should not exceed 450mm.

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Materials Technology (Wood) - Junior Cert. Projects 2013

Coursework - Design and Realisation

Design Briefs - Ordinary Level

1. Design and make an elegant artefact to display a maximum of three tea-light candles on a table.
The artefact should be designed to be safe when in use. Your design should be hand-crafted in solid wood and should have a storage facility for six additional tea-light candles.

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2. Design and make a money box to be displayed on a desk or shelf.
The money box should be attractive in appearance and should include a facility to display a small photograph.

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3. Design and make a decorative artefact to hold three small potted herb plants.
The artefact should be designed to be wall-mounted in an outdoor setting. Your design should be elegant in appearance and should reflect the theme of 'grow your own food'.

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Design Briefs - Higher Level

1. The most cherished objects are often those that are simply crafted and easy to use.
Design and make a stand that will support an open cookery book on a kitchen worktop. The stand should express the elegance of handcrafted joints. As a secondary function, the stand should be suitable as a visually attractive wall mounted display.

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2. The spirit of welcome is a cultural trait which is valued and celebrated worldwide.
Design and make an artefact which could be presented to welcome a visitor to your local community in 2013. The finished artefact should be elegant in appearance and its design should express an aspect of culture that is unique to your community.

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3. An organised environment enhances a young person's bedroom space.
Design and make a slimline, wall-mounted storage unit for use in a bedroom. A portion of the unit should provide a means of concealing a number of personal items. The unit should be of elegant proportions, enhanced by the natural beauty of solid wood. Your design should reflect the sustainable ideal of doing more with less. The maximum dimension of the unit should not exceed 500mm.

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Materials Technology (Wood) - Junior Cert. Projects 2012

Coursework - Design and Realisation

Design Briefs - Ordinary Level

1. Design and make a small decorative pull-along toy suitable for a young child.
The toy should be safe when in use. It should have a cartoon character theme and be attractive to the child.

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2. Design and make an elegant artefact to hold and display containers for tea, coffee and sugar.
Your design should be enhanced by the use of solid wood. The artefact should be hand-crafted and should complement the style of the existing kitchen.

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3. Design and make a wall-mounted artefact that provides an easy method for feeding small birds during the winter period.
Protection from predators should be considered in the design and the artefact should also reflect a nature theme.

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Design Briefs - Higher Level

1. Carefully placed lighting can greatly enhance the atmosphere of a living area.
Design and make a compact table on which to place a small lamp. The table should be elegant in appearance and should display the functional simplicity of hand crafted joints.
You should clearly explain how you minimised your carbon footprint in the design, selection of materials and in the processes used to manufacture the artefact.

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2. The Olympic ideal of a healthy mind, body and spirit expressed through participation in sport and exercise, motivates many young people to adopt an active lifestyle.
Design and make an artefact which celebrates the importance of a healthy, activity-based lifestyle. The design should reflect a theme of health and personal achievement.
The finished artefact should be elegant in its setting and be inspirational to behold.

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3. Many young people like to study in attractive and organised surroundings.
Design and make a portable study organiser for use on a desktop. The artefact should be designed to hold a maximum of three textbooks. It should also incorporate a facility for holding drawing equipment and other small study items. Your design should be inspired by the sustainable ideal of doing more with less. This ideal should be reflected in the size of the artefact and in your choice of materials.

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Materials Technology (Wood) - Junior Cert. Projects 2011

Ordinary Level Projects

Design and make a decorative artefact to hold and display a personal music player.
The artefact should be lightweight, contemporary in appearance and should incorporate a music theme.
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Design and make an elegant artefact to hold and display at least six eggs on a kitchen worktop.
The design should incorporate a theme to reflect aspects of Irish wildlife. The artefact should complement the style of the existing kitchen.
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Design and make a decorative artefact to display a small number of medals and trophies.
The artefact should be designed to sit on a flat surface. The artefact should be elegant in appearance and should reflect a theme of personal interest.
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Higher Level Projects

Many young people like to use a laptop computer at home.
Design and make a freestanding artefact to hold and support a laptop computer when in use. The artefact must be mobile and capable of being stored in a confined place. You should demonstrate how you minimised your carbon footprint in the design, selection of materials and in the processes used to manufacture the artefact.
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In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of forests and biodiversity, the United Nations has dedicated 2011 as the International Year of Forests.
Design and make an artefact which celebrates the importance of forests in maintaining biodiversity and in preserving the world's fragile resources. The design should reflect the interdependence of all life forms on earth. The finished artefact should be inspirational and elegant in its setting.
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Young people often have small personal items which they wish to keep close at hand.
Design and make a decorative artefact to hold a number of such personal items. The design should be inspired by the natural beauty of wood and should celebrate the visual appeal of hand-crafted joints. The artefact should be of pleasing proportions and be attractive in appearance.
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Materials Technology (Wood) - Junior Cert. Projects 2010

Ordinary Level Projects

Design and make a small elegant clock for display in a young person's room.
The design of the clock should incorporate a facility to display a favourite photograph.
Include in your design decorative features to reflect a theme of your choice.
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Design and make a decorative artefact to dispense paper towels in a kitchen.
The design should incorporate a facility to store a spare towel roll.
The artefact should be elegant in appearance and should incorporate a cooking theme.
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Design and make a portable artefact to hold a number of small garden hand tools.
The artefact should be lightweight, suitable for outdoor use and should incorporate a nature theme.
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Higher Level Projects

Many young people like to participate in sport and leisure activities. Design and make an artefact to store sports and leisure gear for one activity.
The artefact should be compact, freestanding, elegant in appearance and be designed to allow easy access to your sports gear. You should demonstrate how you considered your carbon footprint in the design. in the selection of materials and in the processes used in the manufacture of the artefact.
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Young people are often concerned about environmental issues such as global warming and ecological biodiversity. Design and make an artefact to express your commitment to the preservation of the natural environment.
The design should be inspired by the idea of nature conservation and should reflect the beauty of natural forms. The artefact should be elegant to behold in a setting of your choice.
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Many young people like to read and to listen to music for relaxation. Design and make a free standing artefact to hold a small number of your favourite hooks.
The artefact should be designed to display personal items that reflect your interest in music and also to allow the titles of the books to be easily visible. The design should be elegant in proportion and be attractive to behold.
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Materials Technology (Wood) - Junior Cert. Projects 2009

Ordinary Level Projects

Design and make a decorative artefact to display one small bathroom towel and which will neatly store three other towels.
The artefact should he elegant in appearance and should reflect an aquatic theme.
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Design and make a decorative mirror which incorporates a theme to reflect your favourite pastime.
The mirror should be elegant and attractive in appearance and should include an open storage facility to hold small personal items.
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Design and make a small decorative garden ornament to indicate wind direction.
The artefact should be of robust construction and incorporate a theme based on Irish wildlife.
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Higher Level Projects

A stool as all item of furniture has many uses.
Design and make a sturdy and elegant stool for use in the home.
The stool should be designed to have a secondary function specific to the area in which it is to be used. You should demonstrate how you considered your carbon footprint in the design, selection of materials and in the processes used in the manutheture of the stool.
Design Brief 1 gallery

Many people partake in artistic or craft activities as a form of relaxation and as a means of expressing their creative talents.
Design and make a decorative artefact to reflect a particular artistic or craft activity.
The design idea should be inspired by the intrinsic beauty of wood and the artefact should be elegant to behold in a setting of your choice.
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Many young people like to sketch and paint.
Design and make a small portable artefact for use when sketching and painting in an outdoor setting.
The artefact should accommodate storage for sketching and painting materials and should be designed to incorporate an ergonomically suitable work surface.
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Materials Technology (Wood) - Junior Cert. Projects 2008

Ordinary Level Projects

Design and make a decorative artefact to hold three small potted plants:
The artefact should be elegant in appearance and should reflect a nature theme.
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Design and make a decorative lamp suitable for a desk:
The lamp should be modern and attractive in appearance and should incorporate a facility to hold three books.
Note: All electrical connections and fittings must comply with current safety standards.
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Design and make a small decorative artefact to display household notices and reminders:
The artefact should include a facility to store the necessary writing materials and should also reflect a recycling theme.
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Higher Level Projects

Many toys are designed to develop and refine the manipulative skills of a child:
Design and make an attractive and stimulating toy suitable for use by a child. The toy should include a device or mechanism which will enhance the child's manipulative skills.
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Many students admire and are inspired by the endeavours of past pupils of their school:
Design and make a decorative artefact which could be presented to a past pupil or a group of past pupils on a visit to your school. The design should be inspirational and the artefact should reflect an achievement of a person or group.
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A small stylish piece of furniture greatly enhances a hallway or entrance area of a house or apartment:
Design and make a small hall table of elegant proportions that will attract and please the eye. In addition, the table should be designed to incorporate a storage facility for small items.
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Materials Technology (Wood) - Junior Cert. Projects 2007

Ordinary Level Projects

Design and make a money box that will sit on a bedside locker:
The money box should he attractive in appearance and should incorporate a theme that would encourage a young person to save.
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Design and make a small decorative tray:
The tray should be capable of carrying tea for not more than two people. It should also be lightweight and safe in use.
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Design and make a compact artefact to hold a mobile phone.
The artefact should also be capable of holding a phone charger and should display a theme relevant to your phone.
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Higher Level Projects

A facility to hold coats is desirable in a hallway.
Design and make an artefact to hold a maximum of four coats. The artefact may be either wall-mounted or free-standing and should be slimline and elegant in proportion. The artefact should also incorporate a secondary function.
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Many young people are inspired by historical events or by people who have made a significant contribution to humanity.
Design and make a decorative artefact to commemorate and celebrate a person or an event that has enriched local or national life.
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Many young people enjoy reading magazines and newspapers.
Design and make an artefact suitable for the neat storage of magazines and newspapers in a young person's bedroom. The artefact should he portable, elegant in appearance and should complement the furniture in the bedroom. The overall design and form of the artefact should reflect a music theme.
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Materials Technology (Wood) - Junior Cert. Projects 2003

Ordinary Level Projects

Design and make a toy suitable for a young child:
The toy should be safe when in use and should incorporate an interesting form of motion that would attract the attention of a child.
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Design and make a small artefact that would hold a selection of basic hand tools:
The artefact should be portable, attractive and be designed to contain a selection of tools suitable for minor repairs in the home
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Design and make an artefact that would allow for the easy feeding and observation of small birds:
The artefact should be stylish in appearence and designed to protect the small birds during winter.
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Higher Level Projects

Many young people are interested in reading as a passtime:
Design and make an elegant artefact to hold not more than ten of your favourite books. The artefact should also incorporate a storage facility for five magazines of your choice. The design should allow the titles of the books to be easily visible and should suggest a literary theme.
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In June 2003, Ireland will host the Special Olympics World Games in which athletes from many countries will participate:
Select one of the participating countries and design and make a decorative artefact that could be presented to the athletes of that country. The artefact should reflect and celebrate the invincible human spirit.
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It gladdens the heart of many people to display a little of nature indoors:
Design and make a decorative artefact that will display a maximum of four potted plants. The artefact should be stylish in appearance and design to complement the beauty of the plants. It should incorporate a device to indicate when the plants need water.
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Materials Technology (Wood) - Year Two Course Outline

Year TwoYear Two Book

Written/Theory Work:

  • The growth of a tree
  • Forest management in Ireland
  • Irish Hardwoods & Softwoods
  • Conversion of Timber
  • Seasoning of Timber
  • Common Diseases and Defects in Timber
  • Woodturning
  • Wood Carving
  • Jointing Methods

Practical:

Students will make a range of projects which will incorporate the use of the various tools, machines, materials and jointing techniques available to them. The students will have to produce Working Drawings, Joint Designs and Material Lists to accompany their work.

Year Two Projects

Materials Technology (Wood) - Year Three Course Outline

Year Three

Written/Theory Work:

Term 1:

  • Properties of Materials
  • Manufactured Boards
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Fastenings and Fixtures
  • Finishes
  • Project Design (Analysis, Investigation, Design Ideas, Drawings, Evaluation)

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Term2:

  • Practice/Revision using Past Exam Papers
  • Produce J.C. Project Design Folio

Term 3:

  • Practice/Revision using Past Exam Papers

Practical:

Term 1:

  • Sept & Oct: Produce a practice J.C. Project and Folio.
  • Nov & Dec: Design their chosen J.C. Project and produce a Working drawing.

Term 2:

  • Jan – April: Make their chosen J.C. Project and produce a Design Folio.

Materials Technology (Wood) - Year One Course Outline

First Year WorkbookYear One

Written/Theory Work:

  • Health & Safety in the Work Shop.
  • Hand Tools (Rule, Tri Square, Marking Knife, Marking Gauge, Tenon saw, Paring Chisel, Mallet, Pin Hammer).
  • Power Tools (Drill, Glue Gun, Wood Burner).
  • Machines (Scroll Saw, Band Saw, Pillar Drill, Morticer, Strip Heater).
  • Materials (Softwoods, Hardwoods, Manufactured Boards, Plastics, Metals, Glues, Pins, Screws, Paints and Varnishes).
  • Jointing Methods.
  • Workbook Exercises.

Practical:

Students will make a range of small projects which will incorporate the use of the various tools, machines, materials and jointing techniques available to them.

Year One Projects

Materials Technology (Wood)

A three year course to Junior Certificate comprising of:

Practical Work (50% of total grade)
Written/Theory Work (50% of total grade)

Teachers
Finbarr Gallagher (Room 411 / 410)
Michael Doherty (Room 402 / 410)
James Doherty (Room 412 / 410)

Course Outline
Year One
Year Two
Year Three

Written / Theory Exam
Exam papers 2014 -
Higher Section A - Higher Section B | Ordinary Section A - Ordinary Section B

Exam papers 2013 -
Higher Section A - Higher Section B | Ordinary Section A - Ordinary Section B

Exam papers 2012 -
Higher Section A - Higher Section B | Ordinary Section A - Ordinary Section B

Exam papers 2011 -
Higher Section A - Higher Section B | Ordinary Section A - Ordinary Section B

Exam papers 2010 -
Higher Section A - Higher Section B | Ordinary Section A - Ordinary Section B

Exam Papers 2009 -
Higher Section A - Higher Section B | Ordinary Section A - Ordinary Section B

Exam Papers 2008 -
Higher Section A - Higher Section B | Ordinary Section A - Ordinary Section B

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