'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 which work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive and fun activity”

Quote- 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 pupils have the opportunities 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 (Year 7-9)


During Years 7, 8 and 9 all pupils will have the opportunity to study Textiles within a roundabout of 8 week cycles.

Year 7  

Bugs and Insects

Pupils will create a bunting flag inspired by the theme of Bugs and Insects.

Pupils will look at primary and secondary research to produce drawing studies that will inspire the design process of their flag.

Pupils will experiment and work with tone, detail, form and colour to develop their drawing skills.

Pupils will experiment and learn techniques such as design theory, foam printing, mark making techniques and hand embroidery.

Pupils will learn how to hand sew and evaluate their work against the success criteria given.

Year 8

Marine Panel

Pupils will create a marine panel using a variety of Textiles techniques. The panel will then be turned into either a wall hanging or a bag.

Pupils will use a variety of techniques such as Brusho, Applique, Couching and Hand Embroidery to create a colourful and textured panel that links closely to the success criteria given.

Pupils will experiment with mixed media such as Tissue Paper and Watercolour to created detailed drawing studies of marine life.

Pupils will have the freedom to show creativity and imagination within the design and the making of their panel.

Through demonstrations and tasks, pupils will develop their hand sewing and sewing machine skills to produce a high quality finish panel.

The finished item will then be evaluated and compared to the success criteria given at the start of the project.

Year 9

Fairs and Carnivals

Pupils will take inspiration from the theme Fairs and Carnivals to create a colourful and unique patch pocket.

Pupils will look at primary and secondary research to inspire their patch pocket.

Throughout the project pupils will be introduced and shown demonstrations on a variety of Textiles techniques such as Couching, Batik, Fabric dyes and high-level hand embroidery stitches.

Pupils will show technical skills through hand sewing to produce an eye catching and detailed patch pocket.

The finished item will then be evaluated and compared to the success criteria given at the start of the project.

Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11)



AQA Art and Design textiles syllabus

Coursework (60% of the total GCSE) At least 2 full projects completed in Year`s 10 and 11.

Exam (40% of the total GCSE) Exam prep time ( approximately 8-12 weeks). Final exam (10 hours) completed at Easter time of Year 11.

AQA Art and Design –Textiles –For year 10 only 2018/19- code 8204


The course offers pupils the opportunity to develop high level designing and making skills as well as significant opportunities to develop as independent learners. Equally important are the opportunities offered to develop their creativity skills and the grit and determination necessary to complete project assignments successfully over an extended period of time.


Assessment is based upon a coursework portfolio which provides evidence of at least 2 projects covering skills such as weaving, felting, surface decorations, embellishments, construction methods and printing. The 2 projects are:


Fashion design and illustration.

Soft furnishings and/or textiles for interiors.

There is also an externally set exam.






Useful Resources

 AQA GCSE Art and Design - Textiles.pdfDownload
 Curriculum Map Art Keystage 3 - Textiles.pdfDownload
 Curriculum Map Textiles KS4.pdfDownload
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