Subject Vision and Intent

In the subject of Design Technology, we aim to teach pupils about the importance of ‘Design’ in products around us and engage them to learn how designers research and meet the needs of users. We teach pupils relevant knowledge to gain an understanding of a wide range of materials for them to make informative choices and solve problems creatively in a constantly changing world. In this way we endeavour to educate pupils to become resourceful and capable citizens aware of social issues and how the manufacture, use and disposal of products impacts our lives. 

Through lessons in Textile Design, pupils can develop as creative thinkers who can respond to challenges and develop ideas and products that show an understanding of social, economic, and environmental issues. 

They have opportunities to develop life skills such as improving dexterity, problem-solving and self-management of both time and planning as well as developing practical skills and knowledge of materials. As the consumers of the future, pupils are made aware of how to make informed choices and balance the sometimes-conflicting needs and wants of product users, that we face in an era of a climate emergency. 

Five-Year Plan

Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Autumn Term 1  

On rotation:  10 weeks 

Theme:- British Values 

  • Basic hand sewing 
  • Basic use of Sewing machines. 
  • Small, focused projects: such as making a bow, & embroidered needle-book. 
  • Knowledge of Fabric Construction & Natural Fibres  

On rotation: 10 Weeks 

Theme:- Environment and Sustainability 

  • Hand stitching intermediate level 
  • Sewing Machine processes.  
  • Patch work/ Applique, Joining fabrics. 
  • Fastenings.  
  • Use of an iron. 
  • Knowledge of manmade fabrics 
  • Focused practical tasks, - Storage cases 

On rotation: 10 weeks 

Theme: Changing World 

  • Functional stitching:-  Repairing - hems, buttons, tears 
  • After Care of Textile products. 
  • Sewing machine use - Focused task, such as Drawstring Bags that meet consumer needs.  
  • Introduction to CAM embroidery 
  • Knowledge of consumer choices 
  • Awareness of Environmental and Social issues, such as, the impact of designed products & the curricular economy. 

 Theme:- Natural Forms 

Foundation GCSE Textiles Design - Key Skills:- Hand stitching & sewing machine use. Research collection & Recording. 

Coursework Project 

Final Outcome 

Skilled processes used. 

Identify where change for improvement should be happening as work progresses. 

Visually document progress and annotate. 

Autumn Term 2 Knowledge & experience of a range of processes and materials. Development of ideas.

Coursework project 

Completion of outcome. 

Explanation of Design Journey and thinking documented fully. 

Spring Term 1 Understanding ‘Outcomes’. (Producing a final Outcome)

Exam Assignment Begins. Choice of Themes from Exam Board. 

Research & Record 

Spring Term 2

Coursework Project 

Explore & Develop Ideas 

Photographic documentation of design and development journey. 

Exam assignment 

Develop Ideas and trial processes to reach the best outcome solution possible. 

To be Exam Ready.

Summer Term 1

Coursework Project 

Explore & Develop Ideas 

Photographic documentation of design and development journey. 


Prepare portfolio for examiners visit. 

Summer Term 2

Coursework Project; - 

Prototypes, Review, Record, Change / Refine Skill Levels. 

Improve ideas & reach decisions on best Final Outcome. 



Key Stage 4

GCSE Textiles (Textiles Design  as a specialist area of an Art & Design GCSE)

Exam Board EDUCAS


GCSE Textiles consist of 2 components 

Component 1: Portfolio, 60% of GCSE, no time limit 

Component 2: Externally set assignment, 40% of GCSE, 10 hours 

Key Topics
  • Printed and dyed textiles 
  • Surface pattern design and understanding 
  • Stitched and/or embellished textiles 
  • Soft furnishings and/or textiles for interiors 
  • Fashion design  
  • Constructed textiles 

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