There are fun filled activities for children to do within the Technology
- Things we wear unit of study. The children will undertake activities
to find out more about materials. Please use the pre-loader buttons on
this page. This will save time downloading the activities in class and
can be done from this page beforehand. If possible, pupils should watch
the television unit which supports this site and which deals with clothes
for particular weather: What? Where? When? Why? - Weather Wraps
and What? Where? When? Why? - Suitable Suits. For transmission
details click here. Viewing
these programmes would help the children as they attempt the various activities
in the site.
The What section deals with suitability for function.
Strands and Attainment Targets Knowledge and Understanding
Needs and how they are met: talk about some everyday needs and the things
that are made to meet these (level A).
Resources and how they are managed: talk about how materials can be used
or changed for specific purposes (level A).
Level A - suitability for function: matching 3 different types of fabric
to 3 specific weather conditions (hot, rainy, cold).
When the matching game is completed, there is a reward task to design
a T-shirt that can be printed if wished.
Level A - designing and making a T-shirt from given criteria.
The Where section looks at materials and where they come from. All processes
have been simplified and only show the main steps. Our process shows fleece
to jumper, but teachers can make children aware of other items which can
be made from wool e.g. blankets, socks etc. If required, the pupils can
do further research in the classroom.
The When section follows one particular design process.
It should be noted that this is a sequence that follows the design process
used in this site. The order may change in another design process. Pupils
should watch the clothing
factory video clip before attempting this section of the website.
Strands and Attainment Targets
Knowledge and Understanding
Processes and how they are applied: give examples of sequences through
which some familiar products are made (level B).
The Why section investigates the purpose of specialist clothing.
The words to the song can be found in the television
teachers' notes area. Strands and Attainment Targets
Knowledge and Understanding
Needs and how they are met: describe how some everyday needs are met by
familiar and new products (level B).
Level B - pupils learn about special clothing. Pupils select suitable
items for a fire-fighter and builder
Help icon. On each page there is a HELP icon (illustrated right), which gives instructions
Teacher's icon. You will find this teacher's icon ( illustrated right) on the top left
hand corner of your screen in the flash site only. On each page, this tells
the teacher how to complete the activity and allows you to exit from the
We have provided a forward plan which you can print out. Here you will
find information about levels, strands, and attainment targets for knowledge
and understanding, skills, developing informed attitudes and ICT .
We have provided a short video about making clothes which can be viewed
as part of the WHEN section. This 30" video shows a designer working at
a computer, a pattern being printed onto paper, rolls of fabric, layers
of material being cut, sewing machinists at work and an end product!
There is also a video available of a silkworm and can be viewed as part
of the WHERE section.
BBC Scotland - Around Scotland
Around Scotland Technology - things we wear is a site for 10 - 12 year
olds and which
includes the following activities: Which fabric? What colour? How we make
clothes, and Make your own.