British Clothing 1066 to Present Day

Block C - Natural Dyes

Study the history of clothing in Britain from 1066 through to the present day. Learn about the key changes in fashion, materials and manufacturing processes and gain an understanding of this aspect of social history in Britain. Finish your topic by meeting a design challenge brief and putting on a catwalk show!

Learn how natural dyes can be created from plant materials and gain knowledge of the clothes and hats worn in the medieval period. Create natural dyes and use them to dye cotton, then create a period outfit for a peg doll. Make a zigzag booklet of information on medieval clothing and hats for men and women, rich and poor; play quiz games to consolidate your knowledge.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Colours from nature

Children will explore how Medieval people used natural dyes to colour their clothing and how the different types of dyes reflected whether they were rich or poor.

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02: Medieval clothing in naturally dyed fabrics

Children will further explore Medieval clothing and create their own costumes for peg people.

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03: Medieval hats

Children will consolidate their knowledge of Medieval clothing. They will explore more about Medieval hats with a quiz and then create their own hats for their peg people.