The Textiles Department

  • Mrs B Chesters - Textiles Teacher

Curriculum Intent

Textiles is entwined in our everyday lives from the clothes we wear, to the interiors in our homes and the transport we use. The textiles curriculum is not only a subject which opens a range of career opportunities for the future, but it also teaches our students basic life skills, in particular sewing but also transferable skills such as, project management, communication, and commercial awareness. Our approach to textiles comes from an artistic angle, offering the students a broad and balanced range of opportunities to explore not only art-based skills, but also textiles specific skills and cultural practices in response to a selection of themes. Our engaging and challenging curriculum aims to encourage students to explore, enjoy and develop their creative and critical thinking. To understand the world around them and to be responsible citizens aware of the importance of sustainability within modern society.

Key Stage 3

Yr 7 – Ugly Puggly /Hand puppet.

Students are introduced to textile and why it is important in everyday life. They explore the history of puppets and puppets around the world and gain inspiration from contemporary artist Junker Jane. Students make an original felt fabric hand puppet using industry and art & craft practices and processes: They create their own pattern from a block pattern to constructing their 3D hand puppet using hand sewn applique, hand embroidery & decoration/embellishments techniques.


Yr 8 – Day of the Dead wall art/Clothing decoration.

Students explore their design brief and Mexican folk art to understand the world around them and links to the Catholic faith. They record an individual sugar skull/calavera design using formal elements & design practices. They create an original calavera print and stitch artwork using transfer print, hand embroidery and machine stitching techniques.


Yr 9 – Under the sea fabric postcard.

Students explore their design brief & contemporary textiles artists to understand how to be responsible citizens through sustainable textiles practices & processes.

They record an individual plan/design using visual formal elements, framing composition, and design principles.

They explore, develop, and create a wide range of textiles techniques to create an individual mixed media fabric postcard using industry and art & craft practices and processes, with, pattern drafting, machine stitched applique, fabric manipulation, hand embroidery, decoration, and embellishments techniques.

Key Stage 4

YR 10: AQA Core unit project component 1:

In Textiles pupils create a personal response to a theme.

In year 10 they explore natural forms and analyse artists, designers, and associated craft persons.

They explore & experiment with varied materials & processes, creating samples in the style of artists. Annotate and review work. They record their own focus area through observational photographs and studies linked to the theme. Create, develop, refine samples in the style of artists. They record design Ideas, applying, combining, refining textiles techniques and annotating & reviewing work to enhance their own experiences.


Artist workshop (Jennifer Collier): Recycling/paper dress project.                                                      Students investigate and analyse Jennifer Collier work, exploring techniques in the style of the artist. Students understand future pathways, attend the artist workshop, and create a personal response paper and wax dress outcome.

YR 11: AQA Core unit project component 1:

Pupils present a refined and well-planned personal response/Final design with refined samples and annotation. Students create a made outcome and evaluate their project.

AQA Component 2: ESA

Students research one of the exam theme titles. In previous years these have been natural forms, textures, wearable art, archive and collections, maps, the elements, messages, and spaces. They analyse and explore their chosen title through mind maps and artist analysis. They explore & experiment when creating samples and refined samples inspired by their theme. They record observational studies & plans/design ideas for a final piece. Create a time plan for their ten-hour practical exam – Creating a refined final piece/individual personal response to the chosen title.

Exam Board GCSE AQA 


Useful Textiles Links

Curriculum SummaryTextiles Learning Journey 2023

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