Our aim in the Design Faculty is to create the designers, inventors and artists of the future. We ask students to reflect on society’s current and future needs and answer the question – how can we make a better future for all through design.
We ask students to come up with creative and experimental ways of solving problems, using a variety of different materials and processes, and evaluate and reflect on how their work meets the needs of the modern world.
We are engaged in community projects and extracurricular activities which challenge students to go further than classroom learning to make an impact on the local community.
SCHEME OF WORK
Our students learn 4 subjects in Year 7 & 8 and rotate through projects with specialist teachers. Each project involves designing and making with students creating a finished piece of work in each subject area.
In year 9 the students can choose 2 design subjects that they would like to explore further, these will be for the full year and offer our students an in depth pathway to the skills and techniques at KS4.
Year 7 Textiles:
- In Year 7, students will create an apron, learning how to hand sew and use sewing machines. They will learn dyeing techniques to personalise their product
Year 8 Textiles:
- In Year 8, students will learn complex textile techniques, from batik to reverse applique. Students will create their own bag or cushion cover learning how textile designers create professional products.
Year 9 Textiles:
- In year 9, Art Textiles, students will explore the creative side of fashion textiles design, looking at developing personal explorations of the project ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’. They will learn new exciting techniques ending in a final fashion piece of their own design.
The work is assessed on the common skills in all design subjects, knowledge, developing, making and evaluating. Students are formatively assessed whilst on task, written feedback is given on work and homework’s to highlight the next stage of learning and how to improve these skills are then placed on DODDLE so that we can track how your child is progressing in their Design subjects.
All About Me
- Seam Allowances
- Machine Skills
- Button Attachment
Cities or Food
- Focusing on the designs of Wendy Dolan
- Skills in applique and reverse applique
- Developing machine skills
The year will be broken into 2 focus Areas:
- Theme Mad Hatters Tea Party
- Applied Techniques
- Free Machine Embroidery
- Reverse Applique
- Bonda Wen
- Surface Techniques
- Heat and Image Transfer
Knowledge organisers: Pupils are encouraged to use their knowledge organisers regularly in class. These will be used as a theory test for our students and include keywords and processes for each area. A new knowledge organiser section will be given for each project.