Food & Textiles Technology - Introduction
The department benefits from a suite of specialised classrooms to support the food and textiles technology curriculum.
In Food Technology students study food as a material. This will include composition, structure and properties of food. They study the nutritional needs of groups and individuals, and choose appropriate foods for these groups of people. A wide range of equipment will be used in the preparation, cooking and storing of food, and students will evaluate equipment and learn how to use it safely. Students will evaluate a range of food products which are designed to meet the needs of different groups of consumers. Students study the food industry and know and understand the development of food products.
In Textiles Technology students gain a knowledge of the origin and manufacture of fibres and the conversion of fibres to fabrics. Students have the opportunity to design and make their own fabric structure, applying the knowledge of fibres, fabrics, and finishing processes taught. Students use specialist textile equipment in operating CAD/CAM (computerised sewing machines). Through their applied use students understand how materials and clothing are designed and manufactured. At Key Stage 4, the course focuses on the textile industry, with students gaining knowledge of the production processes. Students have opportunities to work in the role of Fashion Designers, designing and making clothing and other textile items of their choice.