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One of the trial units from the Nuffield Primary Solutions in Design and Technology. In this unit, children learn about woven fabrics, and to design and make a fish like construction using a primitive loom.
The finished loomfish can be displayed in the classroom, so that the different designs can be...
A set of Key Stage Four Nuffield Foundation capability tasks focusing on the design, making and evaluation of textile products.
For students to develop and reveal their capability longer more open tasks requiring designing, making and evaluating are necessary. Sometimes these activities are referred to as...
A set of Key Stage Four Nuffield Foundation chooser charts focusing on textiles.
Chooser charts help students make decisions about approaches to take for strategy
and communication. The chooser charts are particularly useful when students are tackling open-ended projects, such as capability tasks.
A set of Key Stage Four Nuffield Foundation resource tasks focusing on textiles.
Resource tasks are short, practical focused, activities designed to teach the resources for capability in a way which should intrigue and amuse students.
A set of design guides for Key Stage Four focusing on textiles providing a straightforward way for students to become familiar with the sorts of questions they should ask when designing for a particular focus area.
The design guides can act as a stimulus for students who are having difficulty in deciding on...
A Catalyst article describing how new materials can be designed by studying natural materials and how they work. In particular the development of Velcro, military fabric, swimwear and waterproofing is looked at. These products were developed by scientific study of natural products such as plant burrs, pinecones,...
This book looks at several aspects of fibres and fabrics:
* Examining fibres
* Burning fibres
* Making fibres
* The strength of fibres
* The wear of fabrics
* Fabrics as insulators
* Fabric brighteners...
This book looks at the following aspects of dyes:
*Mordants and fastness
*Making and testing dyes
*Uses of dyes
Dyes and Dyeing was one of the Science at Work series. All the booklets in the series were...
The Teaching Primary Science book Fibres and fabrics contains many suggestions for classroom work about fabrics and paper, both of which are made from fibres. It begins with a discussion of some of the problems of teaching and organising this topic and considers how they might be overcome. There are then several...
This Topic Brief was published as part of the ASE’s LAMP Project. This unit was developed from work carried out with non-academic boys and girls in the age range 14 to 16 years. It was tried with some success on groups of between 12 and 15 in an urban comprehensive school of 1750 pupils. The average reading age of...