Textiles is offered at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
The syllabus is intended to provide opportunities to design and make and also to facilitate the application of skills learned for future needs.
Key Stage 3
The syllabus covers knowledge about the fabrics we use and how we use them. The practical projects are designed to engage pupils and give them the tools they need to do their own basic repairs. For example, a project on making a needle case includes hemming so this is skill that could also be used to mend or change a hemline. There is a wide spread of skills to be experienced including a variety of constructive hand stitching, decorative embroidery stitching, machine stitching, weaving, appliqué, attaching a zip, making and using pattern templates.
Key Stage 4
Textiles is an option subject. The present course is part of the AQA Art and Design suite of subjects and is known as Textiles Design.
Textiles is a practical subject. Candidates develop knowledge and understanding of textiles through practical activities. The specification allows candidates to develop their design abilities and apply them with creativity and originality. At the same time, accuracy and neatness are also addressed so that the products are very high quality.
The specification is designed to give candidates an opportunity to extend and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding of textiles and fashion within a variety of contexts. There are also opportunities provided for candidates to develop their critical thinking and to manage a range of resources in order to develop their explorations of techniques and textile artists to produce textile items.
The GCSE examination requirements have two components:
Component 1 is worth 60% of the marks and includes at least two topics. Within each topic, pupils develop ideas through mind mapping, mood boards, studying Textile Artists and cultures, and exploring textile techniques. Pupils are encouraged to research and investigate and learn to work more independently. A sketchbook is used to record their annotated work and studies and this leads to a final piece based on the topic.
Component 2 is the Exam topic and is worth 40% of the marks. The GCSE question paper is received in the January of year 11 and it features 7 titles of which they select one. They then have several weeks preparation time to explore and investigate, research and analyse, and plan a piece which is produced within 10 hours under exam conditions.
Our programme of study is based on the National Curriculum for art and design which provides the basic skills from which our students can begin to explore the creative world around them and enable them to achieve high grades at GCSE level. Many of our students then progress to As and A level art.
The essential skills which we work on developing are :
Exploring and developing ideas
Investigating and creating art
Providing knowledge and understanding of artwork, processes and cultures.
Evaluating and further developing work.
We do this by setting units of work that aim to guide students to view and explore artwork, work together and independently on guided projects, explore various materials and techniques particularly the fine art skills of drawing and painting.
KEY STAGE 3
The focus is on the formal elements of art and design: line, tone, shape, form, texture, pattern and colour.
Current schemes of work include:
Tone and form
3D project on Natural Forms
Pop Art Study
KEY STAGE 4
YEARS 9 + 10
The first half of the year 9 starts with a GCSE styled project which includes drawing, painting and experimental work with mixed media. This leads to the start of the GCSE, AQA Art and Design - Fine Art.
GCSE Component 1, topic 1, entitled Natural Forms in which our students need to develop ideas through mind mapping, mood boards and direct observation. A sketch book is used to record their annotated work and studies based on artists. This variety of studies leads to a final piece of art work.
GCSE Component 1, second topic. In this topic we concentrate on viewing artworks produced by various artists and cultures, encourage students to research and investigate, work more independently leading to a personal response, recorded in detail in a sketchbook format.
Completion of Component 1
Component 2, the exam work. Students are presented with GCSE question paper featuring 7 titles of which they select one. They then have several weeks preparation time to explore and investigate, research and analyse, and plan a piece which is produced within 10 hours under exam conditions. The final pieces are exhibited in the school’s corridors.