What is Textiles for at Meridian High School?

To develop a passion for the creative world of Fashion and Textiles ensuring students have a broad range of skills in understanding materials, commercial practices within the industry, how to work with and choose a wide variety of materials to work with whilst manufacturing a range of quality products designed by them. 

Why does Textiles as a subject matter?

It is vital that our students have the opportunity to develop a passion for the more creative subjects and all of the many opportunities it can give them. Textiles will allow them to develop their more creative sides and if they have a passion for interior, fashion, sports, theatre and technical based design they will be able to use this as a spring board for following these varied career paths in the future.

What does Textiles help young people to achieve?

It is a particularly good preparation for A-level Design and Technology (Fashion & Textiles), related level 3 vocational qualifications, A-levels or an apprenticeship in a related area of employment. This qualification prepares learners by developing an in depth knowledge of textile based materials and their practical use within the fashion industry. Learners will also develop valuable transferable skills in teamwork and communication that will be of value to them no matter what career they choose to follow.

Topics covered in Year 7:

  • Mini monster project
  • Introduction to Textiles
  • Fibres
  • Construction
  • Pattern templates
  • Sewing machines and safety in the classroom 

Topics covered in Year 8:

  • Pop Art Cushion 
  • Creativity
  • Development of design solutions
  • Fastenings
  • Pockets
  • Decorative techniques
  • Clients and their needs

Topics covered in Year 9:

  • Foundation skills project
  • Fibres module
  • Fabric construction module
  • Construction/component/fastening 
  • Purses and bags project
  • Pyjamas project
  • Character hot water bottle covers
  • Emoji cushions

Topics covered in Year 10:

  • Skills demonstration project 
  • Fundamentals of fashion and textiles theory
  • Commercial practice
  • Materials and components
  • Colouring fabric and decorative techniques 
  • Tools and equipment
  • Industrial processes
  • Career opportunities

Topics covered in Year 11:

  • Fibres and Fabrics
  • Finishes
  • Components
  • Design and market influences 
  • SMSC Issues
  • Environmental impact
  • Processes and manufacture
  • ICT 
  • Planning 
  • Skills demonstration project 
  • Extended project  

Qualification title:

Year 11 - GCSE Design and Technology Textiles Technology 

Year 10 - Technical Award Fashion and Textiles 

Additional learning resources:

  • Level 1 and 2 Technical Award for Fashion and Textiles book by Hodder