In Textiles Technology students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products that meet society’s needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve people’s quality of life, solving problems both as individuals and members of a team. They respond with ideas which are developed in depth with challenging expectations. Students are encouraged to become discriminating users of products and, as their confidence grows, they develop an understanding of different construction techniques, materials and media. At every stage, students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning whilst their study skills are cultivated. The aim being to develop lively and enquiring minds and give students the self-confidence to fulfil their potential.
Students complete a unit that includes the following:
- The design and manufacture of a range of exciting, functional and marketable products.
- The development of high quality fabric products produced from imaginative and realistic design ideas.
- An extensive range of fabric decoration techniques, with focussed practical elements that are enjoyed by all and which show the students true potential and flair.
- Design and make a high quality ‘Snakes and Ladders’ fabric game board.
- The game board must be functional and appeal to those aged between 7 and 15 years old.
- The product must be attractive and small parts manufactured precisely.
- Design and make a unique, high quality soft furnishing product based upon a popular theme.
- The product must appeal to those aged between 11 and 16 years old.
- The design will be appliqued and enhanced with various embellishment techniques.
- Accuracy must be considered, especially for seams and hems.
- Design and make a contemporary wall hanging inspired by another culture. The product to include elements of recycling.
- The product is to be appliqued and enhanced with various embellishment techniques.
- An extensive range of fabric embellishment to be investigated and experimented with.
Challenging design briefs extend the students’ knowledge and understanding of the ‘design and make’ concept. Construction skills are developed further and students have the opportunity to design and make for a variety of needs and situations. They are able to demonstrate exciting fabric manipulation techniques on marketable products which are of high standards and meet industrial specifications. Students at GCSE follow a personalised design brief of their choice, either in fashion or furnishing, encouraging them to develop their imagination and natural ability.
Throughout the two years you will be expected to work under 5 assessment criteria.
- Investigating the design opportunity set by the exam board
- Development of design proposals through drawing and analysis
- Making a high quality textiles product of your choice
- Testing the product and evaluating it
- Communication and presentation skills
The GCSE textiles course allows students to investigate and explore a variety of materials and media in order to manufacture a marketable product of their choice. Whether it is a playmat, evening dress or soft book, they have the opportunity to show off their creative flair and talent.
Assessment – In Year 10 assessment is internal and reflect GCSE grades. Progress is monitored and assessed on a regular basis to ensure individual targets are met. Written/verbal feedback is given with challenging focus points:
- A3 pages showing evidence of designing and making
- High quality, accurate work
- Research and analysis
- Pattern making and quarter scaling
- Manufacturing concepts
- Construction techniques
- Testing and evaluation
- Computer Aided Design
- Computer Aided Manufacturing
Practical teaching is intensive. Students are responsible for developing innovative designs, which build their confidence and help them to make informed decisions. Using a range of mixed media, students gain a strong technical and theoretical understanding and are exposed to an extensive range of embellishment techniques including:
- Machine embroidery
- Hand embroidery
- Sequin work
- Tie dye
- Beading work
- String printing
- Block printing
- Stencil printing
- Transfer printing
- Screen printing
- Free hand machining
Year 11 – New specification from 2018 Art and design Textiles (AQA)
Students have the opportunity to research and identify their own design briefs. They are given the opportunity to work on their strengths to skilfully develop a marketable product to very high standards with an element of art and design. Students are encouraged to create products, which are personalised and very individual.
In Year 11 students focus on their major project. Coursework is worth 100% of which entails two portfolios.
Homework is set on a weekly basis to consolidate classroom teaching, and to allow students to focus their ideas. If students are behind due to absence and are unable to catch-up outside of lesson times, occasionally homework will allow them to address this. This is carefully tracked and monitored.
The Textiles Department has an open-door policy and is open during break and lunchtime for all students to access all facilities and for one-to-one discussion and support.
Times before school and at the end of school can also be arranged for individual or group learning.