Our Textiles curriculum encourages pupils to adopt an adventurous, enquiring and risk taking approach to Textiles Design. It involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials such as fibres, yarns and fabrics, along with processes such as weaving, knitting, stitching, bonding, felting and printing to create a wide range of designs and products. Pupils will learn how textile designers work in multi-disciplinary ways to create ideas, materials and techniques for different applications.

Pupils will become designer makers and creatively and practically develop a broad range of skills associated with the design and making process, including:

  • Developing creative, imaginative and intuitive capabilities when exploring and making textiles images, artefacts and products
  • Becoming confident in taking risks and learning from experiences when exploring and experimenting with ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques
  • Developing critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental, practical and expressive skills.
Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
Project – ‘Day of the Dead’ textiles ornament/cushion


  • Sustainability/recycling
  • Basic textiles equipment
  • Hand skills – stitching accurately, cutting accurately
  • Design skills – designing to a specification
  • Basic ideas generation
  • Making skills
  • Hand embroidery
  • Basic paper pattern making
  • Applique
  • Basic sewing machine skills
  • How to evaluate final product
Project – Developing culture-based wall art


  • CAD
  • CAM
  • Smart materials
  • Research methods – writing a detailed specification
  • Designing process
  • Printing methods classroom and industry
  • Repeat patterns/ fabric print design
  • Press printing
  • Heat transfer printing
  • Sublimation printing
  • Machine skills – with a range of stitches
  • Evaluation at all parts of design process
Key Stage 4 Option Choice: GCSE Art and Design (Textile Design)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Project 1- Interiors
  • Product theme – Food


  • Research – primary- photographs, drawings/ sketches
  • Stitch drawing – hand and machine, mixed with appliqué
  • Artists focusing on food
  • Textile artists/ designers using food as themes, Lucy Sparrow
  • Textiles artists focusing on ‘stitch drawing’ Rachel Coleman, Rosie James, Naseem Darbey, Mags James, Hinke Shreuders
  • Creation of samples which show investigation and understanding of artists/ designers’ work
  • Refinement of designs through sampling – links to textiles designers and artists
  • Final design generation (hand or machine drawn)
  • 8 weeks of making final piece


  • Project 2 – Accessories/ fashion
  • Product Theme – Structures


  • Refinement of structure- further drawing/ sampling
  • Artist links- specific to pupil choice or interest for product to be made
  • Continuation of samples (2 weeks)
  • Initial designs for accessory/ fashion product
  • Further development of designs (sampling)
  • Last week of summer term final design developed and plan of action put together
  • Design section of exam theme – products inspired by India
  • Fibres
  • Specifications
  • Design process
  • Range of decorative techniques
  • Finishes
  • Smart and modern textiles
  • Prototypes
  • Pattern lays



  • Sustainable fibres/ fabrics
  • Social, moral, cultural and environmental issues
  • Section A mock testing
  • Components
  • Manufacturing specification
  • Working drawing
  • Final design drawing
  • Production planning/ record
  • Quality assurance

Additional Topics:

  • Textiles production systems
  • Equipment/tools industry and classroom
  • Flow charts
  • Computer technology and communication
  • Evaluation

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification (GCSE Art & Design – Textile Design): AQA GCSE Textile Design (8204)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.