"You get to express your creativity in new ways". Becca & Jessica

"You can control your learning outcomes through independent work". Ellen

"It allows us to experiment with new materials and techniques". Emily

"You need to be committed and make a lot of effort as it is a challenging subject, but I enjoy being creative". Ella

"We really loved making our little black dresses". Helena and Emily

The textile technology department at the King John School is an exciting department where students are able to come and work in their free time as well as lessons. There is a very full Key stage 3 club that runs once a week after school with a different project each term to develop students skills further and for them to develop their own unique design style. The students can also take time in their lunch breaks to read the current design magazines on offer to stay up to date with current trends and the fast paced changes occurring all the time in the fashion and textile industry; this is looked at in more detail on “Industry day”.

Key stage 3
During years 7 and 8 our students complete two projects. In year 7 the focus is on becoming confident in their use of the sewing machines producing a tie and dye cushion cover with their own personal design printed onto the front panel.  Our students learn about fibres and how textiles are produced alongside health and safety rules and how to design a product in response to a design brief. This is continued into year 8 where students make an “Ugly Doll” out of recycled fabrics with a focus for the term on recycling and the environmental impact of the textiles industry. The students learn how to produce a flow chart and how to draw their own paper patterns. Our students really enjoy creating their own unique characters and focus on key skills such as applying a button and using the machine to apply surface decoration; a process called appliqué.

“Of course I make mistakes, I’m human. If I didn’t make mistakes, I’d never learn. You can only go forwards by making mistakes.” Alexander McQueen

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