Woodwork is now known in the Curriculum as Material Technologies – Wood

Materials Technology Wood (MTW) is offered as an option subject to Ennis Community College students at junior cycle.

In MTW you will learn to design small projects and the skills required to use tools and equipment to make your designs.

You will work mainly with wood but also with other materials.

You will learn about wood as a material and how it is produced.

You will learn

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


You will examine trees, their leaves and seeds and be able to recognise their varying characteristics

investigate how trees affect the environment around us

learn to sketch freehand

learn how to problem solve and use a design process to design projects develop your craft skills to allow you to make projects prepare a design

In the Junior Certificate:

There are two parts to the exam:•

  1. coursework – you will design a project based on a given design brief(instructions).You will then make the project and prepare a project folder to accompany it.
  2. written examination– there will be a two hour written paper which examines the wood work theory you have learned over the three years. You can take the exam at Higher or at Ordinary level. When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.