In Design and Technology in Years 7 – 9 students spend one double lesson per week, for term per year in each of Product Design, Food & Nutrition and Fashion & Textiles.
Students learn how to confidently and safely use a sewing machine to create a range of decorative textile techniques and construction processes. They use these skills to design an original, scary and cuddly monster product that they develop and then make their final design. Students are also taught about the characteristics of cotton, felt, fleece and fake fur.
Using the theme of their choice students design and make a pair of PJ shorts. All students explore resist dye techniques; tie and dye and batik they evaluate their samples and select one or a combination to make their shorts. From 1 metre of cotton students decorate and make a pair of shorts. In addition to this students research the environmental and ethical issues surrounding cotton production and they use this to support their understanding of natural fibres. Students also have the opportunity to make accessories to match their PJ shorts.
Students in Year 9 experience a course that incorporates elements of both D&T and Art Textiles. This exciting project is based around cultural patterns and students reference the work of contemporary designers and artists to inspire and inform their design work. Students develop their own unique repeat pattern and this is sublimation printed onto polyester fabric and students then design and make a product from this. Students explore a range of Art Textiles techniques and these are mounted into their own unique sketchbooks.
Students are taught in mixed ability groups of 22 students.
The lessons are fun and varied, with an emphasis on practical activities with associated knowledge and skill development. Students will most often provide materials for making their projects.
Students in Fashion & Textiles are assessed according to Design & Technology criteria.