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Moate Community School Wood Department Plan
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Woodwork Department

The Woodwork Department provides a comprehensive Materials technology wood curriculum at Junior Cycle and Construction Studies at Senior cycle .


Materials Technology Wood Personnel

The department have two full time teachers who possess extensive expertise and experience. Both members have been involved in in-career development and teaching workshops. The woodwork department meet on a regular basis with the Drawing, Engineering and Art Departments to discuss and explore ways of promoting and developing the subjects within the school.

Materials Technology Wood at Junior Level

During the three years students will be using both theory and practical classes to learn about wood and its uses. In theory you will learn about the properties of wood and other materials and how these properties influence project designs. You will also learn about the tools, equipment and safety in the workshop. In practical classes you will use this information to design and manufacture projects using various techniques such as traditional joints (e.g. mortice and tenon, dovetail, etc), modern joints (e.g. Domino, knock down fittings, etc), veneering, marquetry, woodturning, Carving, bending, lamination and finishes. The course is assessed by written exam (40%) and a project with project folder (60%).

 Construction Studies at Senior Level

The educational philosophy of the course will concern itself with developing the student's sensitivity to the visual impact of buildings on the Irish landscape, as well as an understanding of contemporary technologies and other influencing factors, which relate to buildings and the built environment. Through appropriate studies and reflection as well as practical experience and project work, participants will be encouraged to learn from the architectural past as well as endeavouring to appreciate and understand local and national building and crafts heritage and their influence on the present. As each architectural phase of the past tells of advances in engineering and technology and the use and availability of materials, so too will students learn to contextualise today’s crafts, materials and technologies.

The learning atmosphere will encourage the student to explore technologies associated with architecture and the built environment. These will include materials technology, systems and services technology, control technology, CAD applications and environmental technology. This exploration will be pursued in the context of design principles associated with the general built environment as well as through specific areas addressing domestic scale building technologies. Students will be familiar with issues and principles relating to inclusive design. The learning will be underpinned by scientific principles and hands-on experience through experimenting, modelling and making. Analysis and evaluation of the various issues and elements relating to buildings and their components will encourage students to become informed and discerning consumers, able to discern between minimum standards and good practice. Students will address issues relating to sustainable architecture, conservation of natural resources, environmental and

ecological issues concerning the selection and use of materials, disposal of domestic waste and the importance of clean water and air.

Practical project work of a design, exploratory and manufacturing nature will be central to the learning experience. The main project provides the ideal vehicle for the evaluation of learning outcomes not suitably accommodated by terminal examination. The main project will be spread across a broad range of technologies, architectural, craft and engineering heritage, as well as design of components, systems and furnishings. The teaching approach throughout the course will focus on learning by experiencing, observing and doing, all of which will find particular expression in the student’s main project. The learning environment will be one of investigating, understanding and doing and will endeavour to nurture the attributes of creativity, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills i.e. "teaching to promote innovation". All activities, taught principles and project work should comply with contemporary regulations and be informed by best practice. Realised models; artefacts or design drawings should be skilfully executed.



Woodwork Facilities

  • Both rooms are fully equipped with both hand and power tools to Department Guidelines.
  • Wall charts and posters reflecting subject area and pictures of student’s projects.
  • Woodwork and Construction Studies DVDS
  • Full set of drawing equipment.
  • Both rooms have access to a laptop and data projector.

Woodwork Department Activities

Projects are displayed on Awards nights and on TY night to highlight the subject are. Demonstrations on Open nights to promote subject.

Projects are also entered into the Techno-teachers National Project Competition.


**Note -This department plan is only a basic introduction to each department. A detailed version is kept on record in the staffroom.


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