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Design & Technology - Textiles

Key Stage 3

As part of the Design and Technology rotation students will study Textiles. Throughout Key Stage 3 the students are taught how to use a sewing machine and how to apply a range of techniques with accuracy and creativity. 

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In Year 7, students research an ecological issue of their choice and use this to inspire applique designs which they use as decoration when they make a reusable calico bag.


In Year 8, students design and make a cushion cover with the theme ‘Fantastic, Weird and Wonderful’. They build on the skills they have learned in Year 7 including techniques such as heat sublimation printing, quilting and foiling.

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In Year 9, students combine their textiles skills with electronics to make a lamp featuring a range of decorative and construction techniques including heat transfer painting, couching, heat sublimation printing and cut out work.





Key Stage 4 Textiles

The Textiles GCSE is assessed by 60% portfolio and 40% externally set assignment (preparatory period followed by a 10 hours of supervised time)

Art and Design: Textile design GCSE (9-1) is a new course and will encourage learners to develop and demonstrate an extensive range of  textiles skills and techniques, ranging from free motion embroidery, silk painting, printing, gilding, using the heat gun and Photoshop. This new GCSE will provide a wide range of opportunities and skills whilst developing knowledge and understanding of the work of different textile artists.

Students will study the following in completing their portfolio and assignment:

  • fashion design and illustration
  • costume design
  • constructed textiles
  • printed and dyed textiles
  • surface pattern
  • stitched and/or embellished textiles
  • soft furnishings and/or textiles for interiors
  • digital textiles

They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.

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