Year 9 Materials Technology: Fabrics

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: A. Bowis


You will develop a passion for problem solving, develop your creative skills and be innovated when working with textiles.  You will learn to express ideas in practical terms, apply skills of craftsmanship, correctly use a range of tools and equipment as well as learn the capabilities of a computerised domestic sewing machine. You will demonstrate an understanding of the design process and basic concepts used  to make textile items by designing, producing and evaluating a quality duffel/overnight/tote bag.  You may also learn about the basic functions of a CNC embroidery machine.


Year 9 students have three periods of Textiles a week. A variety of teaching methods are used.  Some include: group discussions, research, watching demonstrations, written work using a technological device that includes answering questions and presenting information, completing practical skills activities, completing puzzles, missing word activities and analysing data, planning their own practical work and completing a personalised duffel/overnight/tote bag including zips and/or pockets.


You can take this subject through to Level 3 NCEA.  Textiles in Year 9 is one of the 9 choice subjects that students select to study for part of the year. Information and topics are built on in Year 10 for a whole year with more detail covered to include preparation work and knowledge for NCEA in year 11, 12 and 13.  In years 11, 12 and 13 students have the opportunity to study for NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3.  In these a range of Achievement and Unit Standards are offered to students. 

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

You will be charged for the cost of the take home component of the course (cost of patterns, interfacing, overlocking thread, needles, fabric samples etc).

Students can purchase their own fabric/zip for their bag.


For NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3 courses will be made up of a selection of the stated standards. This will happen at the beginning of the year with the assigned teacher.