Textiles

Within the department we study textiles technology and food preparation and nutrition at KS3 on a  rotation with resistant materials, electronics, graphics and product design. At KS4 pupils have the  opportunity to opt for a G.C.S.E in both Art Textiles or Food nutrition and preparation. 

Introduction.

The Food and Textiles department is a consistently high achieving department; this  demonstrated by continuously achieving exam passes higher than the nation average for the past 5  years.   

Qualifications

AQA Art Textiles 
AQA Food nutrition and preparation

Year 7

Within Year 7 pupils are introduced to a range of fabrics and their properties, to enhance their subject knowledge. A variety of techniques are trialled and tested through sampling such as tie dying, quilting, disperse dying, hand embroidery and heat transfer. These skills are then transferred to a levelled project in which pupils design and make a winter hat. Research, designing, testing, making and evaluating are covered during the project . Pupils are expected to design a range of ideas based upon their research and testing to create a functional product.

Year 8

During Year 8 pupils extend their subject knowledge by looking at manufacturing processes, trend forecasting and creating customer profiles. There is a greater emphasis on fabric construction and techniques. Pupils sample a wider range of techniques from, lino printing, block printing, digital printing, machine embroidery, stencilling, pocket construction and adding components such as zips and eyelets. A design and make task of creating a bag or rucksack will be completed by all pupils. Mood boards, initial ideas, design ideas and final designs are created followed by a completed functional product which pupils can take home. 

Year 9

During Key stage 4 pupils are introduced to interior design and clothes making. During Year 9 , a design and make task of creating a soft furnishing product is the first graded project., followed by a customisation project. All pupils that choose to take GCSE Textiles must complete a look book as homework in which they keep a journal of all their tested techniques, design inspirations and mood boards. Within Year 10 there is greater emphasis on fabric properties, social, environmental and moral issues and new technologies. A graded project of producing a fabric or wallpaper print is the first project followed by a practice controlled assessment. In the final year of the Textiles GCSE all pupils complete a piece of controlled assessment work which is 60% of their final mark, and finally, an exam worth 40%.

 

Design Technology Grade Descriptors

 Year 7 D&T POS

Year 8 D&T POS

Year 9 D&T POS

Textiles Technology KS4 Curriculum

 

Enrichment

 

KS3 intervention  
KS4 intervention  
STEM activities 
Lunchtime clubs 
Opportunities to attend exhibitions, work collaboratively with local businesses and trips abroad.  

 

Three things you can do to help your child within the subject

 

  • Ensure they are well organised with the correct ingredients and materials for all practical  lessons.
  • Encourage pupils to take pride in the presentation and completion of all homework.  
  • Encourage pupils to take an active interest of the subject within school and at home.