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Welcome to Art, Design & Technology (ADT)

Art Curriculum Overview

D  T Resistant Materials Curriculum Overview

D T Textiles Curriculum Overview

DT Food curriculum overview

Art I  Design and Technology I Food Studies I Textiles

The ADT faculty incorporates a variety of creative subjects including Art, Design & Technology, Food Studies and Textiles.

At KS3 students are timetabled two hours per fortnight for Art lessons, two hours for Design & Technology, one hour for Food Studies and one hour for Textiles lessons.

Students can choose to take a number of courses for GCSE:  Art; D&T Product Design; D&T Textiles Technology and Catering;.  Each of these subject areas is allocated five hours of lessons per fortnight.

Home Learning

Students are set regular home learning tasks. These might be research activities such as gathering information to aid designing in the lesson.  Students may also be set practical activities so they can work independently or with the help of someone at home to create something really imaginative using unusual resources.  Home learning tasks may not always result in written work but may challenge students to use their observational skills and report back to the class on their findings.

Extra-Curricular and Community Activities

There are many opportunities for extracurricular activities including Lunch Club for students to prepare, cook and eat lunch together, knitting club, a variety crafts clubs, STEM activities, after school catch up sessions, competitions and trips to London galleries, museums and exhibitions and to the Clothes Show at the NEC.

Resources to Support Learning

Teachers use a wide variety of resources including ICT, interactive whiteboards, specialist software, and Fronter (the schools online learning resource).

Controlled Assessments

Students have many opportunities for both revision and Controlled Assessment sessions during curriculum time.  When necessary we provide extra sessions to enable all students to make good progress.  These might be after school, Saturdays mornings or during a half term.

Exam results

For more information on exam results please see the individual subject areas.


For more information on our curriculum please see the individual subject areas.


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Welcome to Textiles

Curriculum at KS3

In Textiles students learn essential core skills that will inspire them to be creative, expressive and innovative young designers. The introduction of the Scrap Book Challenge, which students can access on the Textiles Scrap Book blog site from home, is a successful way of integrating their Home Learning with a resource bank of key Textile words and illustrations which enthuse the students to become experts in their chosen interest.

All students are given SMART targets in AFL booklets to track and record their progress.  Each year group present their design work on A4 format until Year 9 when students are confident to present all work on A3 format in preparation for KS4.

The students complete one Design and Make assignment at KS3 using a range of  design and making skills, along with specialist equipment such as the sewing machine, overlocker, digital imagery, sublimation printing/heatpress and the vinyl cutter:

  • Year 7 - A project, ‘Themed dolls’, is used in Year 7. The dolls are based on several influences such as historical figures, countries or just personal icons. Each doll is made using felt pieces and recycled materials, decorated with sequins and buttons. Products are made using the sewing machines.
  • Year 8 - Tote bags made using cotton drill fabric with sublimation techniques, 2D design for flocking lettering and other decorative methods, such as appliqué and beading, to complete their product.
  • Year 9 - Made to measure quality 1940s influenced pencil skirts, playsuits or shorts using suitable fabrics.

All students are encouraged to make links with other subjects in our curriculum, in addition we also focus on the Six Rs (rethink, reuse, recycle, reduce, refuse and repair) and they use their BLP learning muscles in the lesson.  Extra-curricular lunchtime clubs include a long standing Craft Club and Knitting Club which tends to be oversubscribed so we have a waiting list.

Textiles KS4

Year 10

There will be 5 lessons over a two week cycle, where students follow an AQA Controlled Assessment Skills programme of study. There will be one Design & Make Assignment for the year.  They will have the opportunity to broaden and build on their skills and knowledge, in preparation for year 11.  At the end of the programme of study they will have successfully designed and made a toddlers themed/focus waistcoat.

Year 11

There will be a range of interesting Controlled Assessment Design & Make topics set by the AQA exam board that approaches both the Interior and Fashion aspects of design. The course will enable them to communicate their untapped creative potential while building on previous skills, knowledge and understanding from year 10.  There will also be 5 lessons over a two week cycle.




Welcome to Food Studies and Catering

Curriculum at KS3

In Food Studies, students work with a range of equipment and ingredients to safely develop a range of key practical skills, which will prepare them not only for KS4, but for their future lives.

Throughout KS3 they will build up the confidence to create a variety of main meals and desserts inspired by different cultures of the world, and with an emphasis on a healthy balanced diet.

Working independently, and in groups, students will learn to respond to a design brief, and produce high quality practical results according to set criteria.  This usually means a high level of free choice for students within practical lessons by the time girls reach Y9.

Curriculum at KS4

We currently offer the WJEC Catering specification at KS4, which is an exciting, creative and interesting subject to study. The emphasis is on practical learning, and students work with a variety of food ingredients and products in a specialist Food Studies room. The course involves:

  • Learning about foods, ingredients, processes, techniques
  • Experimenting, investigating and testing new products
  • Being creative and designing new products
  • Having an insight into how products are made in the food industry
  • Developing skills
  • Developing a better understanding of the catering industry through visits and trips.
  • Making choices as consumers



Welcome to Art

In the Art department at Walthamstow School for Girls we feel that our students should be given the opportunity to develop their creative skills in order to appreciate the visual world around them. Through the diverse projects and themes, the art department aims to enhance students’ cultural awareness, encourage and nurture artistic confidence and develop their creative and critical thinking.

As a department we very much want students’ art experience to excite and challenge them creatively as well as develop social, interpersonal and communicative skills.

Curriculum at KS3

At Key Stage 3 students have one hour per week to study Art, and complete 3 projects over the year. All units explore a diverse range of skills, techniques, approaches to the visual arts and are supported by contextual studies (the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople) throughout.

Curriculum at KS4

At Key Stage 4 we offer Fine Art which follows the EDEXCEL syllabus. GCSE Art is assessed as two units of work; the personal portfolio and the ESA (externally set assignment). Students will have the opportunity to experiment with different media in order to explore their strengths and preferences. There are a wide range of approaches within the Fine Art syllabus on which to focus including painting and drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography and mixed media. The main aim of the course is to develop their visual language skills and to build a comprehensive portfolio of work to progress to further courses or employment.




Welcome to Design and Technology

Curriculum at KS3

In Design & Technology, students learn to use the design process using research to help stimulate creative and imaginative ideas, and they are encouraged to learn to work independently through planning their practical work.  Students use a wide range of design skills, including Computer Aided Design, 2d and 3d drawing, as well as Graphic design, to help develop ideas. They then use a wide range of practical skills to make products using wood, metal, plastics and textiles.  We are fortunate to be have an excellent range of computer controlled machines such as a laser cutter, CNC router and 3d printer, together with a range of hand and machine tools, used under a range of safe conditions and with detailed risk assessments.  This ensures that students are not only able to make quality products but work safely too.

Curriculum at KS4

In Design & Technology, options students continue to develop their knowledge of materials and their working properties, using a range of design skills including Computer Aided Design, 3d and 2d drawing, modelling prototypes, pattern cutting etc.  We use AQA GCSE Product Design as this allows students to develop and learn in a flexible manner using a wide variety of materials and techniques.  Students are expected to plan their practical work and have access to an impressive range of equipment to help realise their ideas.  We have a range of Computer Aided Manufacturing available including a laser cutter, CNC machine and vinyl cutter.


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