Departmental Staff

Head of Department: Mr S O’Neill
• Mr B Geoghegan
• Mr D Murray
• Ms B Breen
• Miss S Hanratty covering for Mrs M McCreesh
• Miss Aoidin D’arcy
• Technician: Mr G Morris

Curriculum – Key Stage 3 (Years 8, 9 & 10)

All Classes will design and make two projects per year depending on strength of Departmental budget. Through these projects students will gain experience in working with a range of materials, learn how to use basic workshop tools and equipment/machines, become aware of Health & Safety practices and engage in the process of designing and creativity.

As well as this they will have the opportunity to:

• Use ICT to collect and handle information, design and present ideas, and develop energy and control systems.
• Work together and share strengths and experiences in a safe environment.

All Key Stage 3 students have one double period a week, 80mins, except when timetabled for periods 8 & 9 when time is reduced to 70mins.

The projects made by each of the year groups are as follows:

Year 8:

Metal coat hook – This will be made from mild steel – a ferrous metal, or from aluminium or brass which are non-ferrous metals. It will be suitable for hanging two items on.

Students will learn:

  • Designing
  • Marking out
  • Health & Safety
  • Shaping metal
  • Drilling and Countersinking
  • Hot and cold bending
  • Plastic Dip-Coating

Electronic Picture – Pupils will use ICT to create their own picture and stick it on a wooden board. They will then make and fit an electronic circuit to light up the eyes.

Students will learn:

  • Designing
  • ICT skills
  • Health & Safety
  • Cutting and shaping
  • Joining
  • Painting
  • Electronics
  • Soldering

Year 9

Pot Stand – This pot is for setting a hot pot or a plant pot on. A cross halving joint is made using jelutong hardwood and the top is made from a manufactured board. Pupils can design and shape the parts. A varnished finish is applied.

Students will learn:

Marking out
Health & Safety
How to cut and fit a joint
Shaping wood
Preparation for applying a finish
Finish application

Clock – Students will design their clock profile and make it in acrylic. The base will be made from MDF and coated with a plastic skin by vacuum forming. The clock will be bent at the bottom and screwed to the base. Pupils will create their own personalised dial using ICT. Students will also learn how to fit the hardware.
Students will learn:

♣ Designing
♣ ICT – design personalised dial
♣ Batch Production
♣ Marking out
♣ Health & Safety
♣ Shaping Plastic (Line bending/Vacuum Forming)
♣ Joining methods
♣ Finishing plastic
♣ Fitting hardware

Year 10

A wooden pine box is constructed. Pupils line bend acrylic plastic, make a transistorised circuit and mount it on the plastic. This circuit and mount is then fitted into the box. The box is personalised and lacquered/varnished to finish.

Jewellery Box

Students will learn:

  • Designing
  • Marking out
  • Health & Safety
  • Carcase construction – wood
  • Shaping plastic
  • Electronics
  • Soldering
  • Fitting hardware


All students will engage in the design process throughout KS3. This will mean researching the problem, producing ideas to solve the problem and finally evaluating their chosen design after the experience of manufacturing it.

Students will learn:

  • Identify a problem
  • Design brief
  • Research using various media
  • Specification
  • Range of ideas
  • Development of ideas
  • Presentation drawing – hand drawn and ICT software
  • Evaluation