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The Beaconsfield School A specialist Arts College

Textiles Technology

Key Stage 3 Textiles

Year 7

The project set in Year 7 is a design and make project where the students are designing for themselves. The students initially crate a small product where we can assess their making skills based on the design & technology criteria.

We then move onto a project following the design process taking a set design brief through the following stages; research, creating a product specification, generating design ideas, developing them to a final design, planning how to make the product and making the product. Then we test and evaluate the product against the specification and initial brief.

We include some CAD/CAM in this project. The students produce a high quality product at the end of this process, whilst learning the theory behind the textiles materials and processes.

Year 8

In Year 8 the students follow the same design process as in year 7, but they design for a customer. The theme of the project and homework activities link to the world of ‘children’ and it follows a set design brief with a focus on interactive textiles. Students will learn how to incorporate an electronic circuit into fabric which will help young children learn through play. The project is studied over 9 weeks.

Year 9 - Introduction to GCSE Design Technology

This course is delivered over 18 weeks, students focus in two material areas of their choice, the textiles option includes the reinforce ment of skills learnt over the previous two years and introduces a wide range of new skills and processes including CAD/CAM and smart materials the skills are developed to be ready to take on the GCSE. The skills are introduced through approx. 15 mini practical projects. The students experience what a GCSE in Design & Technology Textiles would be like, providing the students with a good base to be able to take on the rigor of GCSE and achieve highly.