Year 7

The first project in Year 7 is a chicken door stop which introduces students to operating the sewing machine and use textiles equipment safely and correctly. Students also learn about health and safety routines in the textiles area; how to sew a button and template making.

The second project introduces them to hand embroidery stitching and applique techniques. They will design and make a personalised key ring. They will also learn how to use research from existing products to create their own ideas and how to design a range of personalised logo.

Year 8

This project is all about experimenting with different textile decoration and colouring techniques as well as altering the construction of a T-shirt. Students will bring in a T-shirt from home or purchase one. They have the opportunity to learn about designs from different ethnic cultures around the world. They will use pattern and shapes from these cultures to design a range of T-shirt. They will choose one of their ideas as their final product. Decorate it, using a range of techniques from tie dye, to poly block printing, batik, machine and hand embroidery, plain and reverse applique. Each class will vote the best outcome to be entered into the Kingsmead School Fashion Show, which takes place in May.

The second project is about Textile and the Environment (recycling and sustainability). Students will collect plastic bags or sweet wrappers and then fuse them together with a heat press to create a new fabric. They will then use the new fabric to make an oyster card holder or a wallet. Students have the opportunity to develop and embed skills learnt from Year 7 and become creative problem solvers.


Years 9 & 10

This is a highly practical course with a strong emphasis on creativity.
Students learn a variety of textile techniques including:

ICT is embedded in all our projects through the use of computer aided design.
We hold a Fashion Show every year to share the amazing talent of our young designers.
The Textile GCSE is made up of two elements, portfolio work and the final exam.
The portfolio work will be created in year 10 and the first term of year 11. You will work on 1 projects in this time and at the end of year 9 you will create portfolio sheets and submit this for marking. The portfolio mark will account for 60% of your final grade.

The exam will be 10 hours, spread over 2 days and sat at the end of year 9. You will have from the beginning of January to prepare for the exam and complete all your preparation work in your sketchbook. You will be given a range of themes/ briefs by the exam board and you will have to select and investigate one of these for your exam work.

Year 10

Over the course of year 10 you will be working you major project.
You will begin with a mini project based on Experimental Fruit. During this project you will explore weaving, applique, hand embroidery, batik, silk painting, poly block printing, photography manipulation using the computer

The next project will be based on Alice in Wonderland. During this project you will explore fabric painting, reverse applique and free hand embroidery on the sewing machine.

The last project in year 10 will be Decorative Fashion. During this project you will explore texafoil, beading, hand embroidery as well as a number of different techniques which have been sampled in previous projects.

All projects will give provide opportunities to work in a range of different media, including; oil pastels, coloured pencils, water colour paint, pencil drawing, pen and ink, chalk and charcoal, mixed media and collage.


We are proud to provide our students with highly creative and practical courses which have a strong emphasis on learning advanced textiles skills.

We offer an enthusiastic and nurturing environment in which our students gain confidence in their work and themselves.

The course currently offered at Kingsmead is GCE A level Art & Design (Textile Design)

What will I study for AS Textiles?

Unit 1 Portfolio

You will develop a coursework ‘Portfolio’ exemplifying work carried out during the AS course.
You will begin by making observational studies. You will experiment with different media like paints, charcoal, collage, inks etc. You will develop these drawings into designs. You will experiment with different ways of presenting the designs like printing, stencilling, fabric collage etc. You will produce a personal final piece based on your experiments, which could be a hanging, a printed length, a furnishing object etc. Then evaluate your work.
All the work produced for this unit will be marked as a whole.

Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment

You will complete an externally set assignment. (set by the exam board).
There will be a question paper for Textiles containing five exciting starting points. You will choose one and complete the preparation work in a sketchbook. There is a period of design development undertaken in controlled conditions. The final piece will be produced in the Textiles room.

What will I study for A2 Textiles?

Unit 3 Personal Investigation

You will develop a personal investigation in which you develop work in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of your choosing (usually it will be a technique or art movement that has interested you during your AS year). The practical work is supported by a written element of no less than 1000 words and no more than 3000 words, leading to a finished piece or pieces.

Final outcomes from this unit may include the following:

Unit 4 Externally Set Assignment

You will complete an externally set assignment. (set by the exam board).
There will be a question paper for Textiles containing eight exciting starting points. You will choose one and complete the preparation work in a sketchbook. The final piece will be produced in controlled conditions in the Textiles room.

How will your work be assessed?

There are four areas (Assessment Objectives) that your work is marked on. The coursework and controlled test are marked using the same criteria at the end of each course. Your work is marked in school and by an external moderator. The assessment objectives are:

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