Textiles is always a ‘hands-on’ subject. The subject involves plenty of one-to-one support as pupils
work on individual projects, which allows them to work at a speed that is
appropriate to them and allows projects to be simplified or extended according
All pupils in Years 7 to 9 study textiles for two to three lessons a week, for half the year. For those who choose is as a GCSE option, this increases to four lessons a week for the duration of Years 10 and 11.
Most pupils arrive
at OLA with little or no experience of Textiles, so in Year 7 the focus is on
encouraging them to become competent and confident when using the sewing
machine. The main project in Year 7 is to design and make a cushion.
In recent years the cushions have been based on the work
of Matisse, Hundertwasser, Klee, Mondrian or Kandinsky, whose work is ideal for
translating into textiles. More recently we have used David
Hockney’s ‘A Bigger Picture,’ and the current theme is cushions based on pupils’
Construction is the
theme for Year 8 and all pupils have the opportunity to make pyjama shorts or
trousers. This is the first chance they have to make clothes, so the emphasis
is on choosing something straightforward and manageable. Extension
projects include adapting/embellishing a T-shirt to wear with the trousers or
In Year 9 pupils
have the chance to further develop their technical and creative skills through
a collection of mini projects exploring a wide range of textiles
techniques such as dyeing, printing, machine embroidery, feltmaking and using
them in combination. These mini projects support both Textiles and Art at GCSE.
Pupils choosing to
take Textiles at GCSE will find that they have the opportunity to develop the
areas of Textiles that most appeals to them, as well as exploring all aspects
of the textiles and fashion industry.
Textiles is taught
as a life skill and develops areas such as problem solving, time management,
organisation and planning as well as the technical and creative expertise
associated with the subject.
Year 7 Work
Year 8 Work