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Grade 11

Grade 11 is all about joinery, proper squaring procedures and project assembly. Students will start to gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to build something from blueprints to reality. Problem solving and patience are just two of the lasting life skills students will be able to exercise daily.


This course will be %75 hands on and practical learning so it is very important to take pride in your attendance and project. This class is designed with projects to be completed in the allotted time given, which can make it difficult for those missing classes. 

All students will be registered for the Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship Program as we start to explore the trades and future opportunities. Students will begin to work through a series of tasks during allotted class time that will allow them to graduate with a completed Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) program.


This is a high school program designed to help students discover the rewards of working in the skilled trades through hands-on experience. It provides students with a head start on apprenticeship and a better understanding of the steps to journey person certification.

Welcome to 

Wood Working

Topics covered:

All machine safety

General shop safety

Blue print reading

Biscuit joinery

Pocket hole Joinery

Dados and Rabets

Squaring rough lumber

Panel assembly


Project assembly and Gluing 



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 Throughout the semester students will have the opportunity to explore Woodworking. Areas will be broken down in ten sections. Some sections last 1-3 days like measuring, while others like Wood project will last a month or two. These section are also the break up for evaluation and progression reporting in Edsby. 

Unit 1: Safety

Unit 2: Measuring

Unit 3: Tools

Unit 4: Squaring and layout

Unit 5: Intro to cabinet making

Unit 6: Wood Project

Unit 7: Fasteners and adhesives

Unit 8: Finishing 

Unit 9: Apprenticeship

Unit 10: Work study

Guidelines &


Please note:

There is a mandatory materials fee of $80 due immediately upon enrollment IA 10-12. Checks can be made payable to Vanier Collegiate. This fee is due the first week of school.

1. Theory

Students will be introduced to woodworking through a series of basic theory concepts and safety study. This course is primarily hands on, although there will be a certain amount of safety covered before work on the projects begins.


It is important that students complete theory before entering the shop to ensure they have the knowledge to safely work make decisions for safe work habits. Areas covered are: Hand tools, portable power tools and stationary equipment. Safety will be a priority. 

Adult Students

2. Expectations

Students are expected to be respectful of all equipment, while always doing their part to clean up and maintain the environment. Safety is of the utmost importance. Students will be removed from shop if horse play of any sorts is seen. Students are free to choose their behavior but they are not free from the consequences of that choice.

Carpenter at Work

3. Supplies

All shop tools and supplies needed to complete this course will be provided.  It is each student’s responsibility, however, to bring all necessary classroom supplies and appropriate shop clothes on a daily basis. This includes: proper shop clothing, closed-toed shoes, pencils/pens, hair ties

Women in Workshop

4. Communication


I ask that all students keep open communication with me regarding all aspects of school. This will help eliminate confusion and make sure that I can help students in any way I can. This includes but is not limited to school matters.  You can reach me at

5. Shop tools and machinery

If anything looks broken, needs repair, has wear and tear, or you have questions about it, PLEASE come tell me as soon as possible. No one gets in trouble if something gets broken and I am notified quickly. Things break, however they need to be replaced or fixed before it becomes dangerous. It is very simple, just let me know and I can deal with it.

Carpenter Measuring Wood
Blocks of Wood

6. Absences

I need you here.

You are responsible for catching up on work or missed assignments, and unfortunately, I can't send the equipment home with you as homework.


  • If you have planned absences, let me know beforehand and I can help accommodate.

  • If you miss a day where there is a test or assignment due, it is DUE THE NEXT DAY YOUR BACK.

  • After 5 absences, I will contact parents, school policy.

  • The Industrial Arts program is very hands on which makes it very important for students to try their best to be on time and attend each class.

  • Time lost can have a direct effect on student projects and too many hours lost can result in an unfinished product, resulting in a lower grade.

  • This is not work they can take home to work on.

  • Students are more than welcome to schedule a time to come in after school or at lunch hours to make up for time lost or to finish projects.

7. Lates

Here and there, it happens. However you will be facing consequences if it continues to happen. If student falls into a pattern of coming to class late, we will meet and discuss a plan of action, phone home and/or involve administration to help solve the problem.

8. Work ethic

It is expected that you will use your time wisely and will be working 100% of the time. There is no tolerance for not using time wisely or working in a safe manner.  Hands in your pockets, bugging others, following others around talking or trying to get away with seeing how little you can do WILL result in a strike against you. 

Carpenter at Work

9. Cellular Use

 In Industrial Arts, students are surrounded by hazards on a daily basis. My responsibility as an Industrial Arts teacher is to keep the students safe at all times. To do this, I equip every student with the safety knowledge and skill to ensure their shop experience is the best and safest it can be. Because cell phones are widely used in Vanier, proper use and guidelines are needed for students’ safety.

Phone Camera

Cell phones are strictly prohibited in the shop as students’ full attention must be paid when in the shop. One warning will be given cell phone use is at an improper time. After the first warning, the student will be excused from the shop and may have shop privileges suspended. Phones can be taken out of the door pockets when the bell rings at the end of each class.If I haven’t opened the cell phone door, don’t touch your phone. Zero tolerance. 


If at any time a student needs to be contacted and he/she is in the shop, please feel free to call Vanier office at 693-6744 and you will be transferred to the shop (B25) to speak to the student.​

Please click the button below to read over, print and sign the Cell Phone Usage guide and contract. This IS mandatory and must be handed in the first week of school.

Grade 12 Resource Library

Class Schedule and assignments

Safety Assignment

How to read a tape measure

How to read a tape measure online lesson


Entry Test

How to square 

rough lumber

Safety for Squaring

Project Plans





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