Students are in mixed ability groups and are taught in half-termly rotations. 2 of these 6 rotations are DT focused, 2 Art, 1 food and 1 textiles. Pupils will have a double (2 hour) lesson each week and are taught in groups of 24.
Pupils design and produce a hand puppet. The character of the puppet will be related to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which is book studied in Year 5 English lessons. Pupils are taught to mark out, cut, pin and hand stitch.
Pupils will complete the Bag ‘n’ Tag project. This will involve investigating pattern and designing motifs. Alongside the development of the sewing and cutting skills learnt in Year 5, pupils will be taught how to manufacture and experiment with print blocks to create designs with fabric ink.
Pupils will study Textiles for 1 full term, have a term in food studies and a term in DT. During the 2 week timetable, pupils will have 3 hours in textiles and are taught in groups of 20 pupils. These hours are grouped as a double (2 hour) practical lesson and a single hour theory lesson. The longer practical session allows for pupils to fully immerse themselves in their practical tasks. The separate theory lesson gives pupils greater opportunities to build on prior knowledge, explore and connect ideas and develop their literacy skills. These units also have a focus on famous designers, careers and sustainability.
Pupils will use a variety of practical skills to produce a cushion. Inspiration for this project comes from the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and pupils will produce a piece of research homework based on the designer. Pupils will be taught to use the sewing machines, how to use pinning and tacking techniques and will be introduced to applique.
The theme of this project is bags. Pupils will write a design brief and generate design ideas. They will develop their skills on the sewing machines and also learn how to use CAD CAM (Computer Aided Design Computer Aided Manufacture) to create a heat transfer. Additional skills taught in this project include hemming, seams and assembling.