Textiles Technology is available through all key stages at John Smeaton Academy. Throughout the Textiles projects students are encouraged to explore the potential of fabrics and techniques and to build and develop practical and design skills. Students develop creative skills but are also taught how to care for and respect the products they use every day.
In Year 7 all students are able to study Textiles Technology. During this year there is a focus on developing basic skills that will allow them to create and care for a variety of Textile items. Students are introduced to a number of different tools and machines giving them the opportunity to make items such as pencil cases, doorstops, decorations and start to explore fashion design.
In Year 8 students can opt to continue their Textiles studies. During this year there is a greater focus on range of techniques and quality of finish. Students are encourage to work through design briefs and begin to solve problems with creativity and innovation. Products that are often made in this year are patchwork cushions, T-shirts and bags.
The Year 9 groups are given an introduction to GCSE Textiles Technology by studying a large variety of techniques and applying them to various projects with a greater focus on independent learning. Students are able to make book covers, toys, skirts, shorts and a number of smaller scale pieces that allow them to demonstrate their improving skills.
In Years 10 and 11 students follow the AQA Textiles Technology course. This course is based on 60% coursework and 40% exam. Students are given a variety of starting points for their coursework and work on this throughout the year developing their design and practical skills. The written exam is two hours long and focusing on design and theory skills.
Students also have the option of continuing with their study of Textiles into the sixth form with AS and A2 Textiles available.