Textiles

Aims of the Textiles department:

  • To give our pupils an understanding of the characteristics of different fabrics, their handling and uses.
  • To enable pupils to work from a design brief, to research and formulate a design proposal and to achieve an end product.
  • To develop practical and manipulative skills using a range of techniques and methods.  
  • To familiarise our pupils with a range of equipment including the sewing machine.
  • To encourage inventiveness, originality and creativity.
  • To ensure that the pupils work safely and do not endanger others.
  • To encourage pupils to take pride in their work and to achieve a good standard of finish.
  • To introduce pupils to recent technological advances in the Textile industry.

Year 7

Year 7 students will learn to safely use the sewing machines and small textile equipment with safety, accuracy and efficiency.  They will construct a tote bag, using a range of techniques and equipment.

Areas of study include:

  • Fabric layout and cutting 
  • Origins of fibres and basic properties 
  • Seams, hems and top stitching
  • Health and safety 
  • The use of the sewing machine to include accurate usage

Year 8

In year 8 the emphasis is using a range of fabric decoration techniques to create an original and exciting cushion within a set theme.  Students will develop design and making skills using a wide range of fabrics tools and processes.

Areas of study include:

  • Using a brief design to a cushion cover that incorporates a designated theme and address the needs of the end user.
  • Fabric decoration techniques– machine appliqué, hand embroidery, beading and stencilling
  • Construction
  • Equipment, tools and their safe use – irons, scalpels etc.
  • Evaluation of their product against the original brief

Year 9

Year 9 pupils will learn to use a brief to guide their designing. They will be encouraged to combine both the decorative techniques and sewing skills developed in previous years to produce a creative and original product. Market research, pattern cutting and fashion illustration are new areas of study

Areas of study include:

  • Mock-ups and toiles
  • Pattern making 
  • Zips, Velcro, bias binding, quilting etc.
  • Gathering and selecting appropriate information to guide the design brief 
  • Considering functions of the end product as well as the aesthetics
  • Marketing of the end product 

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE Design and Technology; Textiles
This is a two year course where students learn to create a portfolio and see the design process through from start to finish. They will also study the theory related to this subject which covers topics such as fibres and fabrics, industrial manufacturing and product analysis. Students will develop their sewing skills by learning to use a commercial pattern and adapting these to achieve their own designs.  Year 11 pupils will complete a major design and make a project which comprises 60% of the final examination mark.

N.B The last teaching for this current specification will be September 2016 with a new specification being introduced from September 2017.

Cushion Designs Created by Year 8