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Wood Technology

Wood Technology is one of the 3 technology subjects offered at Castleisland Community College at Junior Cycle. It allows students to explore and learn about a key natural renewable resource that nature has provided. The sustainable use of and management of this natural renewable resource is important as the world faces the challenges of the 21st century and timbers ability to store Carbon – a major contributor to global warming. Learning in this subject will be active and student centred, with learners collaborating in the pursuit of knowledge and in the safe technology classroom environment. The subject fosters and nurtures STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) approaches to learning, skills and dispositions.

Wood Technology/ Construction Studies Room at Castleisland Community College - May 2021.

For more information on Junior Cycle Wood Technology see the following leaflet –

What will I learn in Wood Technology?

Some of the things you will learn include:
• How to design a project given a brief description of what you are to make.
• The use of I.T for research purposes, communication, feedback and learning with teachers using MS Teams.
• 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 is Wood Technology assessed?

Wood Technology is assessed at a common level.

CBA 1 – in April in 2nd Year and CBA 2 in September in 3rd Year, are graded using one of four descriptors by the class teacher –

  • Exceptional
  • Above expectation
  • In Line with expectation
  • Below expectation

CBAs inform teacher and the student as to where the student is at and help the student to achieve better results and most importantly reach their potential.

Both elements corrected by the State Examinations Commission.

Project & Portfolio – 70%

Final Exam – 30%

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

The subject fosters and nurtures STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) approaches to learning, skills and dispositions. Sketching and communicating through sketching is also central in many other subjects where the use of neat annotated diagrams are needed. This is a central theme in all other subjects where CBA’s are needed and require students to think creatively.

Will Wood Technology be very different to Construction Studies?

Wood Technology develops into Construction Studies for senior cycle. In this subject:
• The emphasis is on the principles of building and construction in an environmentally sustainable way, based on established building techniques for the modern era.
• There is a large amount of practical work involved in the course. 50/50.
• I.T. sketching & drawing skills learned in Wood Technology/ Graphics will be further developed. (See Construction Studies

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