Key Stage 3 Information
Students visit Textiles once a week over half of the year. Once they have gained their ‘Sewing Machine Licence’ they design and create a drawstring bag using a computerised sewing machine to create a design and a standard sewing machine to construct the bag.
In Year 8 students have one rotation in Textiles. During this time they design and make a cushion based on the 1960s. This incorporates a wide range of Techniques including tie-dye, transfer paints and hand sewing. Students learn to embellish their own design to produce a high quality original product.
Students visit Textiles on rotation for 7 weeks. During this time they use the knowledge and skills developed in Years 7 and 8 to create a Doorstop Dog using a theme for the decoration. Students learn how to cut the fabric shapes needed using a pattern they have altered. They decorate their dog using machine applique and add other decorative features. Constructing the doorstop dog is complex and requires students to understand how the flat pieces of fabric can be joined effectively to create a 3D product.
Key Stage 4 Information
Years 10 and 11:
Over Years 10 and 11, students complete a GCSE in Design and Technology Textiles, through the AQA syllabus. Students learn how to design, model and create complex Textile products, as well as learning about the properties, characteristics and manufacture of fibres and fabrics. Students create a range of unique products including pyjamas, cushions, wall hanging and items for children.