Lower Key Stage 2 British Clothing 1066 to Present Day

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!

Block A
10 sessions
The History of British Clothing

Learn about clothing development from 1066 to the present day, including changes in fashion, materials and manufacturing processes. Consider how these changes were brought about by changes in society.

Block B
3 sessions
Spinning and Weaving

Find out about key aspects of spinning and of weaving technology from its beginnings as a medieval cottage industry. Learn how changes in the textile industry affected Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Block C
3 sessions
Natural Dyes

Learn how natural dyes can be created from plant materials and use them to dye cotton. Make a booklet of information on medieval clothing and hats for men and women, rich and poor.

Block D
3 sessions

Study embroidery of the 18th century. Learn the backstitch technique. Find out how pockets, reticules (handbags) and pouches were used in the 18th century. Discover the pineapple in 18th-century design!

History, DT
Block E
3 sessions
Block Printing

Learn about the block printing technique, the history of block printing and the block printed cottons of the 18th century. Study the textile industry machines of the 18th century and the onset of the Industrial Revolution.

History, DT
Block F
2 sessions
Tie Dye

Solve problems of how to create tie-dye patterns. Use traditional methods of tie-dye to create different patterns; follow instructions to apply tie-dye techniques and create your own tie-dye design.

History, DT, Maths
Block G
3 sessions

Batik is a traditional wax-resist dyeing technique in various countries. Batik textiles were even used in ancient Egypt to wrap mummies. Learn the traditional craft of batik and make your own batik scarf.

History, Art & Design
Block H
6 sessions
Design Challenge

Discover designer Vivienne Westwood. Role-play being a model and think about up-cycling outfits into new creations. Create your own designs and showcase these on a catwalk.

Art & Design
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