Expectations for Students

Expectations for students is an umbrella term that links learning outcomes with annotated examples of student work in the subject specification. When teachers, students or parents looking at the online specification scroll through the learning outcomes, a link will sometimes be available to examples of work associated with a specific learning outcome or with a group of learning outcomes. The examples of student work will have been selected to illustrate expectations and will have been annotated by teachers. The examples will include work that is:

  • exceptional
  • above expectations
  • in line with expectations

The purpose of the examples of student work is to show the extent to which the learning outcomes are being realised in actual cases.


Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes are statements that describe what knowledge, understanding, skills and values students should be able to demonstrate having studied Wood Technology in junior cycle. The learning outcomes set out in the following tables apply to all students. As set out here they represent outcomes for students at the end of their three years of study. The specification stresses that the learning outcomes are for three years and therefore the learning outcomes focused on at a point in time will not have been ‘completed’ but will continue to support the students’ learning in Wood Technology up to the end of junior cycle.


The outcomes are numbered within each strand. The numbering is intended to support teacher planning in the first instance and does not imply any hierarchy of importance across the outcomes themselves. Junior Cycle Wood Technology is offered at a common level. 


 

Principles and practices

Students learn about

Students should be able to

1. Planning and managing
  1. 1.1

    explore key elements required for the completion of tasks (a task in this specification refers to any piece of work undertaken by students)

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    justify the selection of plans, processes and materials for the completion of tasks

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  3. 1.3

    collaborate effectively in a workshop learning environment

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  4. 1.4

    manage themselves and their resources

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2. Communicating
  1. 1.5

    represent key information graphically

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  2. 1.6

    create sketches and working drawings to recognised standards using a variety of media

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  3. 1.7

    explain the function and application of a range of tools, equipment, fixtures and fittings

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3. Creating
  1. 1.8

    apply knowledge of and skills in a range of appropriate existing and emerging principles, processes and techniques

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  2. 1.9

    demonstrate principles of craft excellence through the design and realisation of tasks and artefacts (an artefact in this specification refers to a realised piece of work with a specific purpose or function)

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  3. 1.10

    apply recognised health and safety practices in the use of tools, equipment and materials

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4. Environment and sustainability
  1. 1.11

    investigate the environmental impacts of using wood as a natural

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  2. 1.12

    appreciate sustainable practice throughout their learning

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Design thinking

Students learn about

Students should be able to

1. Planning and managing
2. Communicating
  1. 2.5

    2.5 communicate relevant information

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  2. 2.6

    produce sketches, drawings and models/prototypes to explore design ideas

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  3. 2.7

    communicate a suitable approach to solving a problem

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  4. 2.8

    compile a folio through appropriate media

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3. Creating
  1. 2.9

    evolve their solutions based on critical reflection

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  2. 2.10

    devise templates and models using various media

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  3. 2.11

    produce purposeful, functional, appealing artefacts

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  4. 2.12

    create an artefact having considered factors such as materials, cost, time resources and skills

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4. Environment and sustainability
  1. 2.13

    recognise the environmental and social impacts of design decisions

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  2. 2.14

    investigate how to minimise material use and manage waste

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Wood science and materials

Students learn about

Students should be able to

1. Planning and managing
  1. 3.1

    identify common species of wood

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  2. 3.2

    evaluate the characteristics and properties of common species of wood

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  3. 3.3

    understand the properties associated with a range of materials applicable to Wood Technology

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  4. 3.4

    evaluate the use of wood in comparison to alternative materials

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2. Communicating
  1. 3.5

    explain the properties associated with the classification of wood

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  2. 3.6

    discuss the use of wood in comparison to alternative materials

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  3. 3.7

    justify the use of materials based on characteristics and properties within a context

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3. Creating
  1. 3.8

    utilise the natural aesthetics and properties of wood to enhance the appearance and function of an artefact

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  2. 3.9

    create an artefact that demonstrates an understanding of the properties associated with a range of materials applicable to Wood Technology

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4. Environment and sustainability
  1. 3.10

    appreciate the role of forestation and wood in terms of local/global ecology and sustainability

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  2. 3.11

    investigate the use of wood from forest to end use

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  3. 3.12

    consider the impact on the natural environment when sourcing materials

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