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KS2 Linen

Unit 1 - How is linen made?

How does flax grow?

Ask pupils to research how flax grows using these websites and video clips:

Key questions include:

  • Where does flax grow?
  • How is it sown?
  • How long does it take to grow?
  • What conditions does it need to grow?

Encourage pupils to try growing flax from seed. Print out the diagram of the plant's life-cycle:

Ask the pupils to record the stages of the growth of their own plants so they can compare this to the diagram. It takes about 100 days for flax to grow from seed to harvest. Traditionally in Ireland the seed was sown on St Patrick’s Day and harvested on the 12th July.

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