Students learn to research, develop and communicate ideas through sketching, then planning and making a final product. They manipulate fabrics in textiles both by hand, machine and by using computer aided design and manufacturing techniques.
By manipulating fabrics by hand the pupils develop fine motor skills. Using and creating products from Textile fabrics gives the pupils a chance to learn life skills that will enable them to become independent in the future.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 – Puppet Projects
In Year 7 students are introduced to Textiles and allowed to experiment with materials and various skills to produce a practical item. They are encouraged to use different methods of decoration such as embroidery and applique. Students focus on the accurate and safe use of equipment to produce a quality item.
Year 8 – Cushion Project
In Year 8 students build on the foundations of the skills and knowledge acquired in the year7. Students are required to design and make a cushion using a theme of their own. They are expected to research the topic and design ideas through discussion, drawing and modelling. In order to make the item they learn to use a sewing machine safely with increasing precision and control.
Year 9 – Pencil Case Project
In Year 9 students will be required to create their own pencil case incorporating upcycled fabrics. They will look at sustainability and the part Textiles can play .They will experiment with a number of traditional decorative techniques as well as the computer sewing machine and transfer printing.