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Textiles Technology

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Textiles Technology offers students the opportunity to gain basic skills that can be used in later life.  The subject offers students the chance to develop the skills and knowledge required to work in fashion retail, fashion design and manufacturing and the home furnishings industry. Students are encouraged to be creative, innovative and work independently with their designs ideas and manufacturing of products.
 
They work with a variety of fabrics, printing methods and decorative techniques to manufacture a wide range of useable products and garments. Students take home neatly made products at the end of each unit and this helps to promote personal satisfaction.

Key stage 3

Year 7   Unit Title – Basic skills and knowledge.  The sewing machine is introduced and the aim is for all students to confidently thread the machine and use the basic stitches to produce a manufactured product. Alongside this, the students use worksheets in the form of a booklet to help them to understand safety related textiles issues.
In year 7, the students use the brief of designing and manufacturing an apron to co-ordinate with their kitchen to help to deliver the textiles technology practical work. They work through the design process in the designing and making of their individual apron.
 
Differentiation
Work sheets and templates are available for students who need extra support in the design process. Extension materials are available or more detailed and complex practical for the more able students.
 
Course Outline
·         Safety in the textiles room and safe use of equipment
·         Threading the sewing machine and using it safely and correctly
·         Cutting out the apron and its manufacture
·         CADCAM to sew on a logo or motif
 
Other information
To make the apron:-
·         fabric 115cm wide x 100cm long
·         250cm of ribbon or tape
Please do not purchase non stretchy or plastic fabric. A cotton woven fabric would be suitable.
 
Year 8   Unit Title – Bag 4 life. The students will learn about Fair Trade, sustainability, the environment and recycling with an emphasis on fibres, fabrics and dyes. The students will design and manufacture a bag for a shop of their choice.  The sewing machine skills learnt in year 7 will be built upon in year 8. The bag will include decorative techniques such as tie dyeing, screen printing, applique, buttons, ribbons and use fabrics such as organic cotton and a recycled shirt.
 
Differentiation
Work sheets are available for students who need extra support in the design process. Extension materials are available or more detailed and complex practical for the more able students.
 
Course Outline
·         Safety in the textiles room and safe use of equipment
·         Threading the sewing machine and using it safely and correctly
·         Using a variety of dyes and inks creatively
·         Produce a bag4life
·         Learning about the environment, sustainability, Fair Trade, recycling and Brand image/Corporate ID
 
Other information
A clean shirt from home will be used for part of the bag such as a pocket and handles.
 
Year 9
The students who opt to study textiles in year 9 will produce a variety of high quality practical products such as a wearable skater dress or shorts, cushion, felt toy, wall hanging or a banner and will produce many samples to learn about a range of decorative techniques.
 
This course is creative and fun as the students learn many advanced practical skills, for example they will be a designer and design a range of clothing for a shop of their choice.  Students will work independently as well as in groups. Year 9 textiles students work in groups and relish the opportunity to produce decorative textile pieces which are permanently displayed in prominent areas of the school.

Key stage 4 GCSE

Year 10 involves participating in many focused practical tasks such as how to manipulate fabric into gathers, dart and pleats; tacking methods; recycling fabric products; constructing a garment from a purchased commercial pattern; group work to design and manufacture a pencil case to eventually be produced in industry. The course teaches a huge variety of skills along with practise folio work in anticipation for the GCSE controlled assessment. Theory will be taught alongside the practical work. Towards the end of year 10, the students choose their design brief for the GCSE controlled assessment and begin to research this. The choice of products is limitless and students choose according to their strengths – either a garment or non garment.
Year 11continues with the controlled assessment with lots of trialling and sample work to produce a unique and creative product.
 
Textiles is one of the highest achieving subjects at Rainford with many students attaining grades far beyond their target grades. 

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