The intent of our Fashion & Textiles Curriculum is to enrich you as a person, build your confidence and help you view the world from a more considered perspective. At Victory we believe the arts are for everyone and through our challenging yet inclusive curriculum we want to provide a happy space for students to engage with creativity, problem solving and cultural thinking.
We recognise the value of creativity in students’ future work life and the joy and satisfaction it brings to students and their community. Fashion & Textiles embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality creative education should engage, inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of Fashion & Textiles.
Skills and knowledge are taught through a broad range of exciting projects that are sequenced to develop a wide range of skills at KS3 and an opportunity to refine and personalise these into KS4 & KS5. Lessons are engaging and students develop a love of the arts throughout their learning. Students are empowered to develop their own creative journey and with the support of their teachers take ownership through independent, personal and exciting projects that demonstrate their skills and passions.
We encourage individual thinking, considered observation, creative making and experimental expression. We equip students with the practical skills and the creative thinking and questioning that allows them to apply their understanding of the world around them.
We believe the arts are critical to forming well rounded and cultured individuals. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Fashion & Textiles and how this reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Through our Art & Design History programme and the space we provide for students to challenge, discuss and evaluate their culture and that of others we build confident students engaged with their world. We provide opportunities for students to visit galleries & museums, take part in group exhibitions and showcase their own work.
We have developed exciting links with local galleries and higher education institutions such as the Sainsbury Centre and Norwich University of the Arts who support our students with many opportunities such as visits, workshops, portfolio preparation and talks.
In Key Stage 3 we follow the National Curriculum for Art and Design.
In Year 7, students will study Art and Textiles for two hours a fortnight across the year and will rotate between Catering, DT Product Design and DT Electronics on a half termly basis.
In Year 8, students will rotate between Art, Photography, Textiles, Catering and DT Product Design and DT Engineering.
In Year 9, students will rotate between Art, Photography, Textiles, Catering and DT Product Design and DT Engineering Manufacturing.
In Year 7, students will be developing their textiles skills through the exploration of hand stitches, couching and applique. They will be using the skills they learn to design and make a worry monster. This project encourages students to consider the ideas of positive wellbeing. They will be introduced to relevant artists/cultural influences such as Guatemalan worry dolls and soft sculpture artists to help them explore ideas and relevant textile techniques. Students will be exposed to a range of relevant artists and designers through weekly Art History sessions.
In Year 8, students will develop their own repeating patterns based on architecture. Students will experiment with pattern design digitally, through printing techniques, applique and stitching. They will also consider their designs in various contexts including working on the fashion mannequin. Students will develop a greater understanding of pattern design culturally and over time through their Art History sessions which will also expand their vocabulary and analytical skills.
In Year 9, students will be exploring the use of text in textile art. They will be developing their own ideas by experimenting with fabric painting, hand and machine stitching and fabric manipulation. Students will consider their work in various contexts including working on the fashion mannequin. Students will also be exposed to a range of relevant artists and designers through weekly Art History sessions.