“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
Textiles at Key Stage 3 is delivered through differentiated design briefs, which conform to the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. Textiles is studied within Design and Technology. It is a creative subject in which pupils are encouraged to think independently by designing exciting, functional and individual products.
At Key Stage 3 students will be taught how to thread and operate a sewing machine safely and correctly. They will complete a wide range of focused practical tasks and produce a product inspired by the Memphis Movement. The emphasis of this project is to develop their understanding of decorative techniques, modern and smart materials. Students will also produce an innovative product using recycled textiles.
Pupils have full access to a range of current CAD/CAM resources such as a sublimation printer, heat press and CAD embroidery machines.
Pupils are continually assessed throughout the course with a particular emphasis on designing, making and evaluating.
Ways to help my child succeed
Your child will be set homework fortnightly. It would be helpful if your child has access to the internet for research purposes, however lunchtime clubs are on offer to provide opportunities for pupils to complete homework and gain extra support.
GCSE Textiles gives pupils a fantastic opportunity to express their individuality. Pupils are encouraged to show a more creative and independent approach.
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
For KS4 students pupils follow the EDUQAS Art and Design Textiles exam board. Their Unit 1 is a coursework portfolio worth 60% of their final grade. Pupils will be required to produce a portfolio and outcomes based on set themes. Pupils will explore a wide range of textiles decorative techniques and learn how to analyse the work of artists and designers.
Their Unit 2 is an externally set assignment and worth the remaining 40%. Pupils will be given a preparatory study period and then complete a 10 hour supervised practical examination.
For both units pupils will develop their skills of critical understanding, creative making, reflective recording and personal presentation.
Lunchtime clubs provide opportunities for pupils to complete homework and personal projects using specialist materials and equipment. There are opportunities for pupils to work after school, with supervision, to continue with their work or further develop their skills. Pupils will have an opportunity to visit the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate to gain a wider understanding of the world of textiles and design.
The course leads seamlessly into a Textiles (Art and Design) A level course. (EDUQAS)
- EDUQAS Textiles Art and Design – Unit 1 portfolio (60%)
- Unit 2 externally set assignment. Preparatory study period and a 10 hour supervised practical examination (40%)
Ways to help my child succeed
Your child will need to be organised and be able to plan their work, access to the internet would be beneficial. Throughout the course your child will need to purchase fabrics and components suitable for their final outcomes. Your child will also need an A3 design portfolio and sketchbook, basic art equipment, including pencils, a fine liner, paints and a set of coloured pencils. Your child will also require a basic sewing kit, which should include a pair of scissors, un picker, pins and needles. Pupils will be able to purchase these from school prior to starting the course.