Materials Technology Wood



Materials Technology Wood is a subject offered as an option to all students at junior cycle in John the Baptist Community School.  The subject is devised around both practical, (including project design) and theoretical elements looking to develop an understanding of materials, design, manufacturing and the environment to name a few areas. The subject promotes a student’s fine motor skills including precise hand to eye co-ordination. John the Baptist has always had a strong tradition of Materials Technology Wood with the subject being offered in both the Vocational school and the Presentation De La Salle before the schools amalgamated to form John the Baptist Community School.

The subject is taught in two specialist rooms. These areas are fully equipped with the necessary hand-tools, power-tools and machines needed in the preparation, manufacture and finishing of projects.  In addition to this the rooms also provide, visualisers, projectors and physical models used in the delivery of content.

Materials Technology Wood is examined at Junior Certificate through two elements:

Element Percentage
Terminal Exam 34%
Practical Design Project and Portfolio


Materials Technology Wood provides students with the prerequisite knowledge needed in order to study Construction Studies at Leaving Certificate.  However, it also develops a number of skills where are applicable in a many areas and is beneficial when pursuing a career in any of the following areas Engineering, Technology, Design, Manufacturing, Architecture etc.

Skills Developed

  • Analysing
  • Designing
  • Evaluating
  • Dexterity
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Manipulative Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Environmental awareness

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