Wood Technology

In Wood Technology, students engage in a variety of activities, including research and collaborative projects, to learn about wood as both a natural resource and a manufacturing material. As well as the practical applications of wood technology, students learn the natural and physical properties of wood that influence how it is used and how economical, sustainable and ethical considerations impact on design and choice of material. They develop and use a variety of skills including safe work habits, project management, organisation, problem-solving and woodworking techniques.

Students will develop the necessary conceptual understanding, disciplinary skills and subject knowledge to investigate and solve real-life problems primarily through a task orientated environment.

For students who begin first year in or after September 2019, the Junior Cycle Wood Technology specification applies. To support the specification, Assessment Guidelines and Examples of Student Work will be provided. These will be made available on www.curriculumonline.ie.

The Junior Cycle Wood Technology specification will be introduced into schools in September 2019. The development of the specification began in September 2017. 

The background paper and consultation report for Junior Cycle Technology subjects explores the development of the Technology subject at Junior Cycle; highlights good practice at home and abroad, and uses evidence-based research to inform the revision of the specification.