Fashion

This list consists of lesson plans, activities and ideas to support the teaching of science through the topic of 'Fashon'. It contains ideas for how to link science to the topic, tips on using the resources, suggestions for further use and background subject knowledge to support teachers in delivering the science objectives through this topic. Resources support the teaching of the science topics properties and changes of materials, living things and their habitats and forces. This enables teachers to choose which aspect of science they would like to teach within the overarching topic.

Visit the primary resources for cross curricular topics webpage to access all resource lists:
https://www.stem.org.uk/cross-curricular-topics-resources

 

 

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Smart Materials

These Smart Materials ideas would be a great way of covering some of the 'Properties and Changes of Materials' objectives.  UV beads are available cheaply online and work fantastically well in sunshine without the need for a UV lamp.  Children could be asked to design an outfit for an astronaut that had photochromic and / or thermochromic properties. If you want to access the PowerPoint version of the presentation so that you can tailor it to your own needs, you can download it from: www.spacetoearthchallenge.org.uk.

A series of investigations using UV beads to choose materials suitable for an astronauts outfit are detailed in the next resourse: Mission Starlight.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Mission starlight

This resource looks at how outfit of an astronaut is designed to protect astronauts from the effects of harmful UV light. children experiment with different materials to discover which blocks UV light the best using inexpensive UV beads to show how much UV gets through the materials used to block the UV.

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Clothes and Costume

Although clearly very dated, there are some excellent ideas in this book.  Be aware that the health and safety guidance given in the book is incredibly out of date!  

Section 2 contains some good ideas for testing the properties of materials used in clothing.  There is also the excellent suggestion of rearing silkworms in the classroom.  This would not only allow opportunities for teaching about materials, but also life cycles.  More information about raising silkworms, including activities that can be done in the classroom, can be found here: www.suekayton.com/Silkworms/whole.htm

Section 3 suggests examining fibres with a microscope to explore the differences in different materials.  there is also the suggestion of burning fibres to see what happens.  Great care should be taken with this, especially with modern fibres.  The book also suggests putting your candle on an aspestos tray - clearly we do not advise this!  Pages 19 and 20 include an investigation into the strength and stretchiness of different fibres.  It would be great to use a post-it planning sheet to allow children to plan their own fair test into this area.  Use of a newton meter would also touch on some aspects of the 'Forces' topic.  

On page 40, an investigation into the friction of different types of shoes on different surfaces is covered.  This is commonly done with a car and a ramp, but using newton meters to drag different shoes across different surfaces is also an excellent way to explore the effects of friction.  

 

 

publication year
1970 - 1979

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Lesson 4: How do humans and animals keep warm in the Arctic?

Giving children a sense of purpose when investigating materials can help to keep children engaged.  It would be great if you could ask children, parents and staff to bring in examples of 'technical' clothing such as down gillets and gortex jackets.  

You could also ask children to carry out research online looking at websites which sell clothing designed for extreme temperatures such as:

  • www.rabequipment.com
  • www.arteryx.com
  • www.patagonia.com
  • www.thenorthface.com
publication year
2010 to 2019

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