Investigate and explore methods used to transfer design onto fabrics
Trialling and modelling of a variety of techniques
Carry out appropriate research on existing products
Produce detailed planning sheets
Design and make a high quality, marketable product
Pupils are formally assessed at the end of each Key Stage 3 module in order to indicate their level of progress. Evidence is used from observation of practical performance in class, contributions to discussions, marking of written work and formal tests. Self and peer-assessment feedback is also used.
A wide range of home learning tasks are set: research; planning; practical activities; evaluating outcomes, etc. Home learning tasks gives pupils the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, develop their understanding and refine their skills in between lessons. Access to a computer at home is very useful but there are opportunities to use facilities after school too.
Informal opportunities to practise key food handling skills, encouragement to engage in a textiles-based activity or the chance to make a product using wood or another material are appreciated. A pupil is often inspired by a family member or friend who shares their practical skills with them!
Beyond the Classroom
There are many opportunities for pupils to extend their experiences by attending regular extra-curricular activities.
How Parents Can Help
Pupils are expected to provide some materials themselves in order to make quality products from their own designs. Parents can provide important support by encouraging pupils to select and obtain materials promptly to avoid any unnecessary delay.
Spare materials are welcomed by the various departments. Items such as wood, paper, fabric, threads, recipe books, etc. would be gratefully received.
Liaison with parents is valued. Please contact subject staff by telephone, e-mail or a note in the pupil planner to discuss any issues which may arise.
Pupils are offered guidance and practical help within the classroom. They are both supported and challenged to extend their performance. A combination of individual, pair, small groups and whole class arrangements are planned and the learning opportunities are varied: practicals; demonstrations; discussions; written tasks, video clips. It is important that pupils develop confidence and independence in their approach over time.
The Sweyne Park School is part of Rayleigh School Trust. Rayleigh Schools Trust is a charitable company.
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