Clothing has got cheaper and cheaper over the last thirty years. Where once, children may have received clothes twice a year and/or at special occasions, some pupils now may buy fashion items every week – and throw them away after they’ve been worn a couple of times. This thematic unit looks at the phenomenon of ‘fast fashion’ and its cost in terms of the environment and people’s lives. It makes pupils think about where their clothes come from and consider their responsibility as consumers.
This thematic unit is divided into sub units by Learning Area. There is a strong emphasis on Learning for Life and Work and there are separate units around Local and Global Citizenship, Personal Development and Employability. The subject is further explored in Geography, History and Art and Design units. Links to supporting material are provided and the whole unit is available to download in pdf format.
All the units contribute towards a whole-school event. At this event, there will be a fashion show of the Art and Design unit’s recycled fashion creations. The Local and Global Citizenship team will hold a clothes-swapping event. The Employability team will use the opportunity to sell their ethically produced products. The other units will display and present their findings on ethical fashion. External agencies and charities that promote fair trade and ethical fashion, such as Oxfam and Trocaíre, could be invited to the event to provide more information for pupils on the subject.
Details of each unit’s contribution to the whole-school event are noted at the end of each unit.
Ethical fashion is a KS3 thematic unit that brings together a range of resources from the BBC archive and from around the web. This thematic unit sets out a range of suggested learning activites and teaching resources based around the following subjects:
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