Junior Cycle


The teaching of Art in Donabate Community College is integral to the promotion of personal development in our students. We strive to encourage them to take ownership of their learning and pride in the work they create.

The Art department encourages students to comment on their community and express their cultures, traditions, ideas and imagination in creative and interactive ways. Through the teaching in the department we hope to develop students who are equipped to engage with the visual Arts and have an understanding of the role of the subject in their community.

Art is promoted throughout the school and students work is displayed on the walls and corridors of the school. Through cross curricular engagement with the Home Economics, History, Music, Technology and Woodwork departments, we aim to provide each student with the opportunity to experience Art at some point during their time in the school.

Why should you consider taking Art as a subject?

  • Studying art builds further knowledge of Visual Art and Art techniques.
  • It allows you to express yourself creatively using a wide variety of materials.
  • It can help develop problem-solving skills.
  • Art puts us in touch with other customs, heritage, society and civilisations and encourages students to develop their opinions and experiences.
  • Studying art helps a student develop, critical thinking skills; problem solving, teamwork, and informed perception.
  • Enhances self-discipline and can encourage self-directed learning.
  • • Develop intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication.
  • •Lead to a range of creative career options.

Art Club

There is an Art club run for all students on Wednesdays at lunch time for any student who wishes to explore the subject further regardless of their chosen option subjects.


 Business Studies

Business Studies is an optional subject that students can choose to study for the Junior Cycle. The course for incoming first years 2016 has changed to include a greater focus on teamwork and the practical application of skills.

What will you learn?

Business Studies equips students with the skills and understanding to participate in the working world by helping them to make informed decisions and teaching them how to manage their personal finances.

Business Studies for the Junior Cycle is divided into three core areas:

Personal Finance                           Enterprise                            Economy

In First Year student will learn:

  • How to manage Income and Expenditure of a household
  • How to read and understand a payslip
  • How to operate and understand a bank account
  • How to be a smart consumer by knowing your rights
  • How to save money and the reasons this is important
  • How to borrow money and the costs involved

Other areas of Business covered in the Junior Cycle include:

  • How to start your own business
  • How to do Market Research for a product
  • How technology helps a business
  • How the government helps the Economy.
  • How our decisions impact others in the Community
  • How to record Business Profitability
  • How to assess Business Performance

How will you learn?

The new Business Studies Junior Cycle course is centred on the practical application of skills. Students will learn the subject through project work (individual and group), presentations, video, class discussion, internet research and poster design.

As the subject splits into three separate subjects in the Leaving Certificate it is an excellent subject at Junior Cycle to give students a solid foundation that will help students at Leaving Certificate level and in future employment opportunities.

Please see a link to our Donabate Community College Junior Cycle Business Brochure; Junior Cycle Business



CSPE is part of the Junior Certificate core curriculum in all post-primary schools since 1997. In Donabate Community College we aim for students to experience and develop a broad range of knowledge, concepts, sills and attitudes related to active citizenship. The aims of the CSPE curriculum is to develop active citizens with a capacity to gain access to information and structures relating to the society in which they live and an ability and confidence to participate in democratic society. Students are given opportunities to be active citizens within the classroom, school, local community and beyond, as well as taking part in brainstorming, pair work, role play, debates, group work and interviewing.

Junior Certificate CSPE is studied at Common Level.

The course is based on 7 core concepts:

  • Democracy
  • Law
  • Human rights and responsibilities
  • Human dignity
  • Interdependence
  • Development
  • Stewardship

How is CSPE of benefit to the students?

What you learn in the CSPE junior cycle is beneficial if you study History, Religious Studies, Home Economics, Geography and Economics for Leaving Cert. CSPE is also relevant if students want to study business, politics or sociology, to name a few at third level.



English, as a core subject on the curriculum and as the lingua franca of the school community, is at the heart of who we are. The English department strives to enable students to articulate themselves, their community, their culture and their ideas in a manner which allows them to be active school, community, Irish and world citizens. Teaching English in our school is integral to the promotion of personal and professional development in our students.

As a subject, English is by its very nature, a subject which lends itself to cross-curricular application. The opportunities for cross-curricular cooperation are rich and varied. As subject teachers, we promote and encourage students to see links existing between English and other subjects.

Through the teaching in the department we work to develop students who are enabled to think independently and critically, to take responsibility for, and pride in, the quality of their work and to articulate themselves in an

increasingly challenging and changing world. It is also our desire, through exposure to a range of literary and aesthetic materials to instill in students an appreciation of, and love for language and literature in its many expressions.



Learning a modern foreign language in a vitally important element in a child’s education. We in the French Department of Donabate Community College believe that through the study of French we are enabling our students to become responsible citizens of the world who can communicate effectively, have increased future academic choices and have a greater respect for cultural diversity.

Our approach to teaching is to try and make the experience of studying French as real and as interesting as possible. To this end most of our students are in pen pal correspondence with French children in Bordeaux and Nantes. In March 2012 we organised an exchange with a French school which proved to be very successful and which we hope will become an annual event.

Students of French in Donabate Community College are supported in the following subject aims:

  • To attain a proficient level of spoken French and an ability to understand aural and written French.
  • To develop affection for French as a language that can be enjoyed at school and which can give them a sense of themselves in a culturally diverse Ireland and Europe.
  • To interest the students in France, its culture, its history and its people as well as those of other French speaking countries.
  • To develop the students’ language skills and interest in French so that they may consider studying French at third-level or considering careers in which speaking French is valuable and /or necessary.

Why Study French?

  • French is a world language; more that 200million people speak French on all five continents.
  • French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English.
  • France is a language for the job market. France the world’s fifth biggest economy and number-three destination for foreign investment,
  • French is the language of culture; French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture.
  • France is the language of travel . France is the world’s number-one tourist destination attracting more than 70 million visitors a year.
  • French is the language of industrial relations. French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts.
  • French is the language of the three cities where the EU institutions are headquartered: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.
  • French is fun to learn; it is a beautiful rich and melodious language. French is a very good language for English speakers to learn since much of current English vocabulary is derived from French.



The Geography department of Donabate Community College wish to create an environment of positive learning and provide opportunities for students to foster an appreciation of the world around them. We believe that as a Department we can provide students with a platform to develop the skills necessary to become discovery learners.

At Junior Cycle the Geography Department aims to:

  • Promote an awareness of the spatial and temporal patterns which exist in the distribution of environmental phenomena, both natural and cultural
  • Promote a sensitive awareness of environment
  • Encourage in students a sensitive awareness of people, places and landscapes, both in their own country and elsewhere.
  • Contribute to students’ understanding of important issues and problems in contemporary society.
  • Provide opportunities to foster and build upon students’ natural curiosity about their own and other people’s social and physical environments
  • Help to develop organised thinking and cognitive abilities – not only in the area of important factual knowledge, but in application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, creativity and imagination
  • Provide students with the knowledge to look at the nature and diversity of their physical and cultural surroundings
  • Provide students with the initiative to discover changes in location and regions over time
  • Provide students with the skills to interpret maps and photographs and analyse statistics
  • Assist students in developing an awareness of diversity in their surroundings and develop an attitude of respect towards their environment




Home Economics

The Junior Certificate Home Economics syllabus provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for living as individuals and as members of a family. In a time of rapid social change, the study of home economics is very relevant to the present and future social, creative and management needs and skills for living that are so vital to preparing every young person for the opportunities and challenges, which they will meet in the course of their lives. It provides for a wide range of educational experiences in the aesthetic, creative, physical, scientific, social, and environmental domains.


Junior Certificate Home Economics is assessed, at Ordinary and Higher Level, through three different methods of assessment.

Higher Level

Written Exam 50%          Food studies practical examination 35%          An elective study project 15%

Ordinary Level

Written Exam 40%          Food studies practical examination 45%          An elective study project 15%



Fís na Foirne: An Ghaeilge Bheo

I. Go mbeidh ‘An Ghaeilge Bheo’ á fhorbairt i ngach gné de shaol na scoile Choláiste Pobail Domhnach Beathach:

Is mian linn mar fhoireann na Gaeilge go mbeidh an Ghaeilge Bheo le cloisteáil go forleathan i dtimpeallacht na scoile. Tá sé i gceist againn go mbeidh rian na Gaeilge go láidir le feiceáil agus le haithint i measc na ndaltaí augs i measc na foirne uilig. Spreagfar an Ghaeilge go dearfach ionas go bhfásfaidh Spiorad na Gaeilge sa scoil ó bhliain go bliain. Baineann an cúram seo orainn ar fad mar fhoireann teagaisc.

II. Go mbeidh meon dearfach i leith na Gaeilge i measc na ndaltaí agus i measc na foirne go léir sa scoil:

Déanfaimid ár sár ndícheall mar fhoireann na Gaeilge tacú a thabhairt don bhfoireann ó thaobh na teanga, tearmaíochta agus foclóra de. Tá súil againn go leanfaidh leis na nósanna maidir le tearmaíocht de a thosaíomar anuraidh-cuir i gcás: oifig, runaí, dialann, caomhnóir srl.

III. Go mbeidh scileanna teanga á fhorbairt ó bhliain go bliain:

Is é aidhm na foirne go mbeidh gach scil teanga (éisteacht, labhairt, léamh agus scríobh) á fhorbairt ag gach dalta ón gcéad bhliain ar aghaidh. Leanfaidh an chéad bhliain cúrsa cómónta. Beidh na ranganna measctha ó thaobh chumais de. Sa dara bliain beidh ranganna á roinnt de réir cumais de. (Gasraíocht atá i gceist anseo)

IV.Is mian mar fhoireann go ndéanfaidh gach dalta staidéar ar an nGaeilge:

Is ag an bPríomhoide agus an Roinn Oideachais agus Eolaíochta amháin cead a thabhairt do scolaire gan tabhairt faoin nGaeilge sa scoil.

V. Is mian linn mar Fhoireann na Gaeilge a chinntiú:

  • Go leireoidh gach dalta a gcumas sa Ghaeilge i mbealach dearfach agus taitneamhach.
  • Gurb í an Ghaeilge amháin an t-aon teanga chumsaráideach sa Roinn.
  • Gurb í an Ghaeilge príomh teanga a úsáidtear sa seomra ranga.

VI. Cultúr na Gaeilge a spreagadh:

Tá sé tábhachtach dúinn mar fhoireann go gcuirfí béim faoi leith ar an gcultúr saibhir agus ar an traidisiúin a bhaineann leí i ngníomhaíochtaí seach-churaclaim. Is é aidhm na foirne féin mheas agus féin mhuinín na ndaltaí a chothú trí thuiscint a thabhairt dóibh ar an bhféiniúlacht agus ar an oidhreacht chultúrtha.

VII. Ceangail a dhéanamh leis na teangacha eile sa choláiste: An Fhraincís/An Spáinnis.

VIII. Go molfaidh an fhoireann do gach dalta cuairt a thabhairt ar an nGaeltacht ar a laghad uair amháin i rith a shaol scoláireachta:

Cuirfear scoláireachtaí scoile ar fáil chun tacaíochta a thabhairt don dtógra seo.

IX. Go mbeidh deis ag gach múinteoir Gaeilge freastal ar inseirbhís:

Cruinnithe Foirne: Bíonn 5 chruinniú fhoirmiúil ag an bhfoireann i rith na scoilbliana, ceann ag tús na bliana, deireadh na bliana agus ceann amháin eile gach téarma. Bíonn cruinnithe eile neamhfhoirmiúla ag an bhfoireann má tá ábhar ar leith le plé nó má tá aon fhadhb i rith na bliana. Baineann an fhoireann úsáid as an ríomhphost scoile chun teagmháil a dhéanamh, nuacht agus acmhainí a scaipeadh, agus ábhair éagsúla a phlé, ar bhonn laethúil/seachtainiúil.


ICT Pilot Course

This academic year Donabate Community College is one of 40 schools nationwide to introduce ICT (Information Communication Technologies) for first year students. This course is offered as part of a new pilot syllabus launched by ICS Skills.

The pilot course is 50 hours in duration which is equivalent to 2 * 40 minute classes per week in one academic year  and is designed for delivery in Junior Cycle. The course which is designed as a ‘short course’ to fit into the new revised Junior Certificate curriculum is split into two modules – Digital Media 1 and Computational Thinking 1- both  which consist of 25 hours class contact time.

The pilot assumes no previous programming, coding or IT experience on the part of the student. However, a basic familiarity with a keyboard and Internet browsing is desirable.While a high level of competence in Maths may indicate an aptitude for programming, it is not a requirement for this computing course or the fully developed computing programme.

The second part of the course (Computational Thinking 1) has a strong programming element. Programming and coding elements will be designed so as not to restrict students to one programming language or tool.

Students participating in this subject will be assessed internally by the school and officially certified by ICS Skills. In order to obtain an ICS Skills Certificate of Achievement, students will be required to successfully pass an ICS Skills assessment. Where possible, this assessment will be automated with ease of management a high priority.



A basic competence in mathematics is essential for everyday life. Learning mathematics involves the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills and also provides personal satisfaction. At Donabate Community College, we focus on developing students’ problem-solving skills and ability to apply these to unfamiliar, abstract and real-life problems. Additionally, many courses of further study include a substantial amount of mathematics. Mathematics is used as a powerful, descriptive, analytical and predictive tool in the sciences and in business.

 Subject Aims

Mathematics has practical applications in everyday life. It also has theoretical aspects in that it deals with abstractions and logic. The two elements are interlinked. In the junior cycle, a more investigative approach is used which builds on and extends students’ experience of mathematics in primary school.

 Students of Mathematics in Donabate Community College are supported in the following subject aims:

  • To develop the mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding needed for continuing education, for life and for work.
  • To help students see the connections within mathematics and other subjects.
  • To develop the skills of dealing with mathematical concepts in context and applications, as well as in solving problems.
  • To foster a positive attitude to mathematics in the learner.
  • To prepare students for the State Examinations paying particular attention to the appropriate levels for students.
  • To promote mathematics in everyday situations appreciating its relativity to daily life and to the world of work.
  • To develop a flexible, disciplined way of thinking and the creative search for solutions within students

 Students of Mathematics in Donabate Community College are actively encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge:

  • To translate information presented verbally into mathematical form.
  • To select and use appropriate mathematical formulae and techniques to process information.
  • To select appropriate strategies leading to the solution of a problem and to present those strategies in mathematical terms.
  • To draw relevant conclusions and justify these conclusions.


Mathematics is not learned in isolation. It has important connections with other subjects. Many elements of Science have a mathematic basis and students are expected to be able to work with data, produce graphs, and understand patterns and trends. In Technical Graphics, drawings are used in the analysis and solution of 2D and 3D problems through rigorous application of geometric principles. In Geography, learners use ratio to determine scale and in everyday life people use timetables, clocks and currency conversions to make life easier. People need basic financial awareness and in Home Economics learners use mathematics when budgeting and making value for money judgements. In Business Studies, learners see how mathematics can be used by business organisations in budgeting, consumer education, financial services, enterprise, and reporting on accounts.

Mathematics, Music and Art have a long historical relationship. As early as the fifth century B.C., Pythagoras uncovered mathematical relationships in music; many works of art are rich in mathematical structure. The modern mathematics of fractal geometry continues to inform composers and artists.

 Extra-Curricular Activities include:

  • A whole-school Numeracy Week
  • “The XY Factor” – a fun after school activities club for all students where real life mathematics problems and solutions can be explored, furthering an understanding
  • in mathematics, the world and beyond!
  • International online “Mathletics” competitions



Metalwork provides an introduction to materials and process engineering and an insight into associated technology. It is founded in practical activity that seeks to link observation and action with ingenuity and creativity within a problem-solving context. Students studying Metalwork will Learn and develop skills using hand tools and machinery, like the Centre lathe, Pillar drill and CNC lathe. Metalwork leads into engineering technology for Leaving Cert.


Topics Covered in Metalwork

Techniques and Design:

  • Health and safety
  •  Benchwork
  •  Drilling
  •  Hot and cold forming of materials
  •  Fitting and assembly
  •  Heat treatment
  •  Decorative finishing of materials
  •  Lathework
  •  Design

Materials and Technology:

  •  Health and safety
  •  Communications and planning
  •  Materials technology
  •  Tools technology
  • Machine tool technology
  • Assemblies and mechanisms

Course Structure and Examination

The complete course carries 400 marks and is divided into two main sections

(1) Techniques and Design which incorporates all of the practical work and is allocated 300 marks; 150 marks for a practical examination and 150 marks for project work;

(2) Materials and Technology which is the related technical and technological comprehension, examined by written examination, carrying 100 marks


Music is a subject that seeks to enrich potential in students. Through theoretical and practical study, music aims to develop aural, compositional and performance skills. Music enhances interest both in and out of the classroom and is integral to the promotion of personal development in students of Donabate Community College.

The Music department in Donabate Community College are focused around innovative teaching and planning in order to maximise potential in the classroom. A range of resources have been created and are available to students to promote interest and provide stimulation in the study of Music.

 Music encourages commitment, dedication and passion for the subject. Opportunities are ongoing throughout the year allowing students to enhance their talents and become wholly involved in their learning environment.


Physical Education

Physical Education at Donabate Community College aims to provide the students with learning opportunities through the medium of movement and to contribute to their overall development by helping them to lead full, active and healthy lives.

Physical Education seeks to meet the physical needs of the student and the need for movement experiences, challenges and play. It aims to develop a desire for daily physical activity and to encourage constructive use of free time and participation in physical activities in adult life.

Physical Education has a unique contribution to make to the all round education of each student. Acceptable forms of social behavior and levels of responsibility are developed through Physical Education. Within Physical Education at DCC, all pupils are encouraged to participate with their peers on an equal footing. It is envisaged that through this approach the pupils will develop many desirable personal and social attributes:

  • The ability to work with others;
  • The ability to relate to others;
  • The ability to accept authority;
  • The ability to accept positive criticism;
  • The concept of fair play;
  • The acceptance of success and failure;
  • The ability to complete and display work in front of others.

Physical Education offer pupils frequent opportunity of experiencing achievement in a variety of situations, either as an individual or as a member of a team. This leads to an increase in self-confidence, a feeling of satisfaction and an enhanced self image.

 The Physical Education Curriculum provides a balanced range of activities for students. The Physical Education Curriculum includes six strands:

  • Adventure Activities,
  • Athletics,
  • Dance,
  • Games,
  • Gymnastics,
  • Health- Related Activity.


Religious Studies

The general aim of education is to contribute towards the development of all aspects of the individual, including aesthetic, creative, critical, cultural, emotional, intellectual, moral, physical, political, moral, social and spiritual development, for personal and family life, for working life, for living in community and for leisure.

Religious Studies in Donabate Community College is an integral part of the school curriculum. The school believes that it plays an essential role in the holistic development of each student and allows them to reach their full potential. The aims of the program are to encourage an appreciation of various religious traditions and to acknowledge the non-religious interpretation of life. Donabate Community College is a non-designated school where we welcome all faiths and none.

Students in Donabate Community College study the Junior Certificate Religious Education Examination Syllabus while Leaving Certificate students use an adapted form of the curriculum framework for senior-cycle Religious Education.

Why study religion?

Religion has always been with us. Throughout history, it has expressed the deepest questions human beings can ask, and it has taken a central place in the lives of virtually all civilizations and cultures. As we think all the way back to the dawn of human consciousness, we find religion everywhere we turn.

This may be true of the past, but what about the present – and the future? In recent times, critics have suggested that religion is on the way out. Technology and science have changed our view of the world radically, leading some to say that we’ve entered a new stage of human existence, without religion. Soon, they argue, it will truly be a thing of the past.

Yet rumours of religion’s demise seem very premature. Religion persists and is often on the rise, even as scientific and non-religious perspectives have become prominent. We still find religion everywhere, on television, in film, in popular music, in our towns and neighbourhoods. We discover religion at the centre of global issues and cultural conflict. Why does religion continue to thrive? There are many reasons, but one thing is certain: religious traditions are adaptable in important ways. For many, contemporary religion even has room for scepticism, science, and the secular, which allows it to keep going strong in our rapidly changing world.

For both practitioners and observers – for everyone who wants to be informed about the world around them – religion is an intensely curious phenomenon that calls out for better understanding.



Donabate Community College boasts excellent Science facilities which consist of five dedicated labs and one lecture style demonstration room. Our labs were designed by the teachers and are bright, colourful and spacious. All labs contain fun and visual items which students can pick up, and we believe this stimulates questioning. The labs also have walls dedicated to displaying the students own work.

All along the Science corridor, Science is advertised through posters, colourful art work, and Competition walls. A wall is dedicated to careers with a range of science courses advertised.

Debating Science Issues:

For the first time this year Science students will get a chance to compete in Debating Science Issues. DSI is a dynamic debating competition which invites young people in senior cycle to engage in debate on the cultural, societal and ethical implications of advances in biomedical science.

Debates will cover the following biomedical topics:

  • Stem Cell Research
  • Genetically Modified Food
  • Nanotechnology
  • Health & Self Testing
  • Immunology Practices
  • Rare Diseases

Other things that are done to promote Science here in Donabate Community College consist of:

  • Science week
  • Crystal growing competition
  • Schools chemistry newsletter competition
  • Science shows to Primary school students
  • Halloween Science show
  • Senior Science show
  • Girls do Physics too! Workshop aimed at 3rd year girls
  • Trips to colleges, and centres to get a hands on experience of Science
  • Speakers coming into the school to speak to students
  • A lot of TY modules are Science related, and all three subjects are offered separately to TY students, to give them a taster of the subject at Senior cycle, and to allow them to engage with the subject in a fun, less exam focused way.

Junior Science Assessment

Junior Science is split equally into Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There are mandatory practicals that are done throughout the three year course, and are worth 10% of the Junior Cert grade. We try to do as many fun practicals as we can to aid the teaching of a topic. This helps to engage all learning styles, and makes the lessons more enjoyable for all.

In Third year, the students have to do a project called Coursework B, where they do either two name practicals, or one that they make up themselves. This is worth 25% of their Junior Cert grade.

The written exam in June is therefore worth 65% of their mark for the subject.






Technical Graphics

Technical Graphics is one of the technology subjects offered at junior cycle. In Technical Graphics you will learn how to represent 3-D objects on paper and on the computer. You will develop problem solving and creative thinking skills through the solution of Graphical problems. In Technical Graphics students learn to communicate graphically developing both freehand and measured drawing skills. Problem-solving, designing and visualising are also key skills that students learn in Technical Graphics. After the Junior cycle, students who wish to continue the subject on to Leaving Certificate level do Design & Commmunication Graphics (DCG)

  • Topics covered in technical graphics
  • Basic Geometric constructions
  • Plane Loci
  • Areas and Figures
  • Properties of geometric figures
  • Transformation geometry
  • Developments and modeling
  • Sections of solids
  • Pictorial projection
  • Orthographic projection
  • Shadow and shade
  • Graphical symbols
  • Graphical design and representation
  • Freehand drawing/sketching
  • Drawing conversion and standards
  • Computer aided design(CAD)


 At Junior Certificate level, students sit a drawing exam for 100% of their marks. At Leaving Certificate level, students complete a design project for 40% of the marks and sit a drawing exam for the other 60% of their marks.



What is involved in Technology?

Technology is mainly about using a design process to solve technological problems. In Technology, you will use the design process to work through a task or problem in order to arrive at a solution, which is usually in the form of an artefact or finished product. You will learn how to safely use the tools, materials and equipment necessary to make this product.

How will Technology be useful to me?

Technology will help you to solve many technological problems you may experience in your everyday life. This subject teaches you to think about a problem and then use your knowledge and skills to design a solution to that problem. It will also teach you skills in the use of basic tools and equipment. You will also be able to identify many different types of materials and have a basic understanding of electronic circuits and gear systems.

Some of the things you will learn include:

  • An understanding and appreciation of design and the design process.
  • How to use the tools and equipment necessary to complete projects in a safe manner.
  • An understanding of different materials, their properties and how best to work with these materials, i.e. wood, metals and plastics.
  • How to use electronic components to build simple circuits for use in tasks and projects e.g. running mechanical toys.

How will I learn Technology in school?

Some of the things you may do with your teacher and your classmates are:

  • investigate the role of technology in the world we live in
  • use tools and equipment in a safe manner
  • learn how to identify a range of different materials and their properties
  • use the design process to find a technological solution to a problem
  • communicate your ideas using sketches and design drawings
  • Learn about mechanisms such as gears and how they work.

In Donabate Community College our Technology Room has state of the art machinery and technology which facilitates our students with excellent learning opportunities.



Materials Technology Wood (MTW) is one of the technology subjects offered to students at junior cycle. In Materials Technology (Wood) students will learn to design small projects, and the skills required to use tools and equipment to make their designs. Students will work mainly with wood but also with other materials.They will also learn about wood as a material and how it is produced.

Students will learn:

  • how to design a project, given a brief description of what they are to make
  • how to use the internet for research purposes
  • how to use freehand sketching to communicate their ideas
  • how to prepare a design drawing/plan of a project they 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 their design.

Is learning MTW anything like what I did in primary school?

You will build upon the drawing work you did in Primary School. You may already have learned about wood in Science. You may also have learned about trees as part of the natural environment and as a habitat in both Geography and Science. The skills you developed when designing and making in Science will be very helpful in MTW. You will also use simple maths skills.

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

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

How will MTW 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.