The word "Textiles" is used to describe any product made from a fabric, whether it is woven, knitted or bonded. Textiles play an important part in our lives; in today’s society there are many different textiles used in a variety of ways, each performing in a particular way, from fire resistant “Nomex” clothing to “Sanitised” antimicrobial socks made from bamboo and silver Nanotechnology!

Textile Technology is one of the subjects in the Technology rotations. In Textile Technology, students explore the range of textiles available, analyse design briefs and then use their knowledge and skills to design and make a product.

Set out below are summaries of the “Textile Experience” for each year group. 

Year 6


Pupils design and make a funny face pencil case, which incorporates a zip as a mouth opening. They consider features, shape and positioning to create a character.

In support of the Year 6 group’s ethos of gaining life experiences, pupils carry out tasks such as sewing a button, ironing and folding clothes.

Year 7


Students learn how to use a sewing machine. A chosen design is then appliquéd onto a kite the students have made out of ‘Ripstop Nylon’. The History of Kites is explored by producing a mini project on how and where kites have been used throughout history.

Weather permitting, the students then test their kites by flying them on the school field.

Year 8


After a quick revision of how to use the sewing machine, students create a record of something that they want to remember, something that is important to them. Using any combination of appliqué, computer generated printed designs, tie dye, hand and machine stitches, they create images on fabric that will act as a reminder of the ‘something’ that is meaningful to them. The finished work will be made into a cushion, a bag, or just framed.

Research is carried out into Smart and Wearable Technology. Students also design a garment that has at least 3 smart/functional properties and is one that scientists could aspire to make using Smart Technology. It could be feasible now, futuristic or just fun and fashionable.

Year 9


In this course, students continue to develop the skills and knowledge acquired during their time in the lower school. Various workshop tasks enable them to explore different techniques for developing, presenting and manufacturing ideas. ICT, sketching and modelling are used to explore designs before realising them in practical sessions.

Topics include:

  • Fibres and Fabrics – traditional and new developments such as Biofibres and Nanotechnology
  • Recycling and Eco fabrics
  • Basic dressmaking skills - hems, seams, darts, fastenings, etc
  • Al Qirkat game
  • Use of patterns
  • Bags
  • Shorts