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.
AQA Art Textiles
AQA Food nutrition and preparation
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.
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.
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%.
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.