This whole school art and design enquiry was focused on textiles, as it was identified by the school Arts Task Team as an area where more work could be done to develop the progression of textile skills across the school. The idea was for children to learn about the textile industry and link products that they made to “50 years of learning” (1964-2014) at Unsworth primary school. These products were researched, designed and mass produced by each class. This page sets out the overallaims of the enquiry, has links to textile resources and showcases the work that was produced.
The aims of the enquiry were for children to:
- Understand what the school jubilee means and how it could be incorporated into their textile works.
- Understand what the textiles industry is.
- To understand the term enterprise and what it means.
- Use relevant vocabulary associated. (Can children use the word textiles, explain what different media they are using or talk about the techniques they have used?)
- Explore the skills associated with textiles. ( dying, sewing, weaving, printing, layering, cutting, joining, paste resist and batique)
- Experiment with a range of different materials to apply techniques to.
- Partake in a variety of art appreciation activities that focus on the role of designers in the textile Industry.
- Develop an understanding of how items are mass produced on a production line and experience this within the classroom to create items.
- Develop textile skills through exploring and developing textile ideas through short focused tasks.
- Evaluate the textile journey.
- Contribute to the class collection of textile works to sell.
Click the pictures below to find out more information about textiles.
The culmination of this enquiry was a “Market Day”, where the Y2 class was turned into a Market for the day with stalls set out. Each class had a session to visit the market and purchase commemorative items with their money. Children from year 6 handled all the money, ensuring the items were totalled up and the correct change given. They also provided an additional gift wrapping service. The market day raised £286 for the school playground fund.
Also, a banner with the title:
YEARS OF LEARNING
was created to commemorate the Jubilee of the school. Each class was given letters to apply their textile technique to and these were put together to create a commemorative banner to display.
Have a look at the gallery below to see how the textile enquiry was developed across the school.