Textiles Curriculum Intent

Textiles, in many forms, tells us of our past, present and future, shaping and influencing our lives in significant ways.
Textiles has the potential to influence human behaviour. It can evoke emotion and provoke action. Textiles empowers us to notice, question, interact and respond to the world around us. It is a way of understanding and expressing our existence. Artists use their heads, hands and hearts, to varying degrees, during the creative process. Textiles appeals to both the body and mind. To engage with a work of art a viewer also employs a range of senses.

Opportunities for play are essential to a child’s development. But as we grow-up purposeful play is often dismissed. Being creative – being able to bring something new and with value into the world – requires a willingness to explore and experiment, to test out expectations and boundaries, to detect new possibilities; to engage with the world with wonder and curiosity. Artists embrace their craft as a way of understanding the potential of materials, ideas and technologies.

Here at Hebburn Comprehensive Textiles Department, we encourage our pupils to explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. We pride ourselves on investigating a diverse range of issues and ideas from which to develop a wide variety of subject specialist skill..Pupils learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across different times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made.

Pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively, intelligently and independently.

We cultivate effective partnerships with professional Creatives, including working with ex-students, participating in local exhibitions and competitions, regular visits to current art exhibitions and local colleges, in order to raise pupils’ expectations of potential career paths and to develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich our lives


Art, Craft & Design 8204 

Key Stage 3

KS3 Textiles

Students will develop the skills required to successfully undertake the Art based Textile GCSE at KS4 whilst still covering the curriculum for Design & Technology Textiles at KS3. Pupils will explore a range of techniques that include hand and machine sewing, printing, mark making, collage, applique and painting, to help complete the variety of themes taught in KS3. They will build upon these skills each year, equipping pupils more readily for the demands of KS4. Pupils are encouraged to exhibit their own unique flare when designing and making their final pieces in each project.

Year 7 Be brave with colour

Pupils will study the artwork by Beatriz Milhazes. They will explore geometric and abstract influences found in her work to help generate ideas for own final piece. Pupils will explore mark making techniques, collage and complementary colours. Samples will be refined in to shapes to reflect the artist’s work and presented on an A4 canvas.

Year 9 Recycled 3D Fish

Pupils will study the importance of recycling and how it has a positive affect on the environment, especially marine life. They will collect recycled items to incorporate into their final 3D fish – plastic bags, clothing, fruit packaging etc. Using Kate Tame & Nikki Parmenter as an inspiration, pupils will design and make a 3D fish using tie dye, heat press, machine and hand sewn techniques. Colour & texture is key to creating a realistic effect.

Key Stage 4

We offer an exciting course giving pupils the opportunity to work in a wide range of textile design materials and techniques.  We cover 2 projects during the 2 years and one further study unit, encouraging independent learning and personal expression.

There are two components:
Component 1 Portfolio: produce a sustained project and a selection of further work that represents the course study.  This is worth 60% of your overall marks.

Component 2 Externally set assignment:
There is a separate externally set task paper.  It features seven tasks, and pupils have to complete one of them. Pupils get preparation time, plus 10 hours of supervised time.  This is worth 40% of the total marks.
Projects are based on past paper questions and themes.

Year 10

Term 1  
Year 10 Pupils are introduced to the sewing machines and a broad range of media, methods and techniques, including printing, tie dye, fabric painting, fabric manipulation and embroidery. All techniques are developed throughout the GCSE course. Pupils become familiar with the assessment criteria from the AQA Art & Design specification and learn the process of how marks are awarded at GCSE. Pupils are encouraged to be experimental, creating test pieces that are recorded/annotated to help refine ideas that will be developed in the future, recorded on an A2 sheet.

Project 1 – ‘Botanical Interiors’

Pupils will research a range of artists and designers that use botanical designs such as plants, flowers & animals. Pupils will attend a trip to ‘Winter Gardens’ in Sunderland, to take their own photographs. The final piece will be an interior design piece (wallpaper, lamp shade, cushion, blanket, wall art, etc). Pupils must use a minimum of two textile/art techniques that have been explored in the research prior to completing the final piece. They are encouraged to work with other materials and processes.

Pupils are encouraged to work independently, enquiring, researching, reflecting and evaluating their own progress as their work develops. In each assessment objective, pupils are encouraged to actively engage in the creative process. Pupils will use previous knowledge and understanding to explore and acquire a variety of textile processes and techniques, which will aid their design progression to complete their final outcome, a botanical inspired piece of interior decor.

Pupils record their ideas and observations through drawings, written annotations, experimental samples on A2/A3 sheets, and are encouraged to adjust these throughout the year as their ideas, thoughts, and opinions progress. Skills that must be seen in the on the final product include printing & heat transfer.

Term 1: formal elements, evaluating and assessing own work, sewing machine, printing, tie dye, fabric painting, embroidery, fabric manipulation – slashing, weaving, layering, Suffolk puffs.

Term 2 & 3: research artists & designers who use ‘botanical design’ as an influence in their work. Collect images and information, take own photographs, work independently, design, refine, analyse, material experiments, printing, heat transfer, hand embroidery, embellishments, Photoshop editing. Pupils are again encouraged to actively engage in their own creative process, in order to become effective and independent thinkers.

Pupil will create a range of initial ideas and select the best one to make as their final piece. The outcome will be an interior décor piece, influenced by botanical patterns & designs.

Year 11

Year 11 Project 2 – Architecture T-Shirt.  

Project 2 focuses on architecture where pupils will use their own photography of buildings, church windows, decorative tiles/columns, etc to create an item of clothing. Pupils research contemporary and historical artists/designers to help inspire and inform their work to help generate ideas for their final outcome. Pupils will explore various materials & techniques to reflect the texture of their chosen architecture. Like in the previous project, pupils work will document their work on A2/A3 sheets.

Term 1&2: heat press, digital design, applique, fabric painting, free machine embroidery, stencilling, embellishments, hand embroidery, collage, experimental textures, trip to take Cragside House. Coursework is worth 60% of the overall GCSE grade.

Term 3: Beginning an independent project based around the AQA exam paper. Approximately 3 months to complete. Worth 40% of the overall grade

Fashion design
Fashion tester
Costume designer
Garment cutter
Theatre designer
Museum curator
Product design
Textiles design
Interior design
Fashion and media journalism
Hair and make-up design
Retail design
Exhibition design
Visual media
New technologies are creating a whole new range of courses where art is being used in innovative ways.