In year 7 students create a cover, this can be for their planner, a ipad/tablet or notebook. Students research their own themes relating to their hobbies and create a mood board, using the mood board students create a range of design ideas to apply on to their cover. Students are encouraged to use a range of materials and decorative hand stitches to complete the decoration on the cover whilst using the sewing machine to create the construction of the case.
In Year 8 students create a pencil case, the main focus of the pencil case project is to extend their learning and skills from year 7, using the sewing machine and hand techniques. Students independently insert a zip and applique decoration on to their denim, most go on to add sequins and embellishments to give their pencil case the wow factor!
KEY STAGE 4 (Y9, Y10 AND Y11)
We start KS4 options in year 9, the first topic is all about gaining construction skills and confidence using the sewing machines, overlockers and CAD/CAM independently whilst embedding fabric and fibres theory knowledge. Skills covered range from how to finish fabrics, create hems, seams, inserting a pocket, reverse applique, natural and synthetic dying, tie dye and batik. The first topic leads nicely into our first garment construction project where students adapt a basic pattern to create a personalised children's dress. High skills are demonstrated through the insertion of collars, cuffs and sleeves.
Our third project is bases around Alice In Wonderland, students are given a brief to create a hat for The Mad Hatter's tea party, as part of this topic students designing skills are developed and use of CAD/CAM is encouraged through the use of the sublimation printer and laser cutter. Felting and quilting are introduced at this point along with developing their own block to work from to construct the hat, as many designs require unique patterns. Theory knowledge developed thought this topic includes production methods, decorative techniques, health and safety, smart and technical fabrics, sustainability and recycling.
In year 10 students start their controlled assessment, currently worth 60% of their final grade, a selection of task are given for students to pick for with the option of designing a garment, accessories or textile product for rooms i.e. cushions, quilts. Students are encouraged to research current trends, gather target market feedback, analyse existing products and create their own design specification. After researching students start to create design ideas and prototype smaller scale samples to test idea, throughout gaining feedback from their target market, leading to a final design idea and making of their product during year 11. Throughout year 10 and 11 students have regular breaks from coursework to be taught more theory and in bed key principles of the course. During the summer of year 11 students take the written exam worth 40% of their overall grade.