||Below you will find the rationale behind the
Technology- Things We Wear website.
The links below will allow you to jump to the relevant
areas of the overview. At the end of each section, after the suggested
follow up activities, you will find a link that will take you to the corresponding
area of the flash site. If you want to access the html (interactive
text) version of the site then click here.
How We Make Clothes
In this section, the children are involved in selecting the most
appropriate tools to make a t- shirt. They can read information about each kind
of tool and select the most suitable alternative for joining patterns to materials,
marking around patterns, cutting shapes out and joining shapes together. Children
can then move onto the next level where they can play a jigsaw type game where
they can attempt to arrange shapes onto fabric, with the aim of minimising waste.
At the end of both of these activities short animations make a subtle statement
Suggested Follow-Up activities
- Children will develop an awareness of the properties and purposes of a range
of construction materials and tools.
- Children will recognise the ways in which different tools may be used to
complete particular stages in the process of textile design.
- Children will be able to engage in efficient practice in designing and making
activities and recognise the importance of reducing waste.
- Children will develop a greater understanding of the hazards and risks involved
in working with tools, equipment and materials.
Now try How
We Make Clothes.
- A national or international sporting or musical event could be used as a
context for children to work with patterns, fabrics and tools to create new
textile samples. Children would enjoy designing and making a new sample fantasy
football shirt, or even some new high fashion tops for a favourite pop band.
- Children could create a design simulation, where they have to describe the
way in which they could reduce waste and maximise efficiency within a fictitious
- Children could make safety posters for use in a textile design workshop,
highlighting the hazards involved in using equipment in the wrong way.