Science KS1/KS2: How wool is made

Two children visit a wool factory to find out how a sheep’s fleece is turned into woollen scarves!

We meet the children as they come into the classroom from the playground wearing coats and scarves.

An animated cat named Curious asks the children if they would like to find out how woollen scarves are made.

The children watch some archive footage of a farm and see sheep being sheared.

Next, they visit a wool factory where an expert shows them fleeces arriving from the farms, being sorted, washed, dried, carded and spun into yarn.

Finally, the children finger knit their own scarves before returning to the classroom to tell Curious cat what they have learnt.

This is from the series: Curious Cat

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used as an introduction to materials and their uses.

Pupils could write a non-chronological report on how wool is made.

This clip could provide a discussion point about how other materials are made.

It could also be used as the start of an investigation: "How many different uses can you find for wool?"

The clip could be used to help children consider which materials would make the best scarf and why.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Science at KS1 and KS2 in England and Foundation and KS2 in Wales.

Also Foundation and KS1 in Northern Ireland and Early/1st/2nd levels in Scotland.

More from the series: Curious Cat

How is glass made?
How are TV programmes made?
How are crayons made?
How are bricks made?
What happens to our sewage?
How is steel made?
How is electricity made?