'I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me.' Philippians (4:13)


Approach to Teaching

“Design and Technology is about making things that people want and which work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity.”
James Dyson, Chairman, Dyson Ltd.

Textiles Technology at St Edmund’s Catholic School allows students to learn through problem solving and engage in their learning through creativity, giving them the ability to turn their ideas into reality.

All students have the opportunity to experience practical activities having watched demonstrations. They participate in experimental sessions and develop their independent research skills through the use of ICT.

Key Stage 3 content (Year 7-9)

During Years 7, 8 and 9 all pupils will have the opportunity to study Textiles.

Year 7 Design brief:

You have been asked to design and make 3 identical juggles and decorated bag in which to store them.

During this module pupils will learn how to use the sewing machine, design and block print their fabric which will features novelty animals. This fabric will be made into a draw string bag which will feature a machined casing and a handmade twisted cord. The juggles will be filled with dried rice and be pyramid in shape. Together these items will make a simple toy. Some have been taken to France and Spain for entertainment when camping!


Year 8 Design brief:

You have been asked to design and make a cushion which will appeal to teenagers. It must be decorated using Batik.

During this module pupils will research the art of Batik and then have the opportunity to design their own cushion front using this ancient technique which is still used in Malaysia and Africa. Real samples of this work are on display in the Textiles room.

This module encourages accuracy of machining skills as borders are added around each pupil’s piece of Batik work. Machined hems, choosing fastenings and computerised buttonholes are also taught. Pupils will be encouraged to decorate their work with further embellishment e.g. beads, sequins, hand embroidery. There will also be an opportunity to design and make a sock monster! It will also need to be packaged to be presented as a novelty gift.


Year 9 Design brief:

You have been asked to design and make a bag which will appeal to teenagers. The bag will feature Pop art motifs.

During this module pupils will look at existing products and make a paper prototype to enable them to design and make a bag which will appeal to teenagers. They will undertake personal research into Pop Art to aid their design work. This module provides the opportunity to learn about making pockets, adding gussets, zip insertion and straps.

Key Stage 4 content / exam board / spec (Year 10-11)

This NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies

Craft is a Technical Award and the vocational equivalent of a GCSE qualification. It is aimed at students who are interested in any aspect of craft, including researching ideas and working with different tools and materials, and who are motivated by learning through hands-on experiences.

Learners will gain a broad understanding and knowledge of working in the sector.


What will I learn?

  • How to research ideas and use various sources.
  • How to explore and use a range of media and materials.
  • The effectiveness of building a portfolio of ideas.
  • How to respond to a brief or theme.
  • The effectiveness of experimentation.

To develop skills:

  • In using different tools and equipment.
  • In adapting their own ideas and responding to feedback.
  • When applying safe working practices.
  • In evaluating their own work.
  • In literacy, numeracy and ICT.
  • that are essential for the modern workplace such as team working; presentation skills; independent working; working to deadlines; efficient use of resources.


How will I be assessed?

There are 4 mandatory Units (25% of final marks each)

Grades awarded: Pass, Merit, Distinction

  • Unit 1 Exploring craft and enterprise skills (Portfolio of evidence)
  • Unit 2 Research and develop design ideas for craft items (Portfolio of evidence)
  • Unit 3 Respond to a craft brief (Assignment)
  • Unit 4 Produce final craft work (Portfolio of evidence) Successful completion of this qualification will fulfil the entry requirements for relevant academic and vocational study post -16.

KS4 Textile Resources

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