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Low Ability Activities for GCSE D&T: Textiles

Price: £25.00
Age Range: KS4


Use with below-average ability Key Stage 4 students preparing for the Design and Technology Textile GCSE, or special groups following short courses or the Certificate of Achievement in the Textile areas. The sheets can also be used to enhance skills in other areas of technology and may be valuable building blocks for more able students.

There are two worksheets on each topic. The first page should be used with teacher supervision and the second page can be used as homework, or as a follow-up practice for another lesson. The sheets become more demanding towards the end of the pack.

Topics include: Technical terms; The sewing machine; Patterns; Fabric properties; Suitability, Source and care; Design and make activities; Industrial processes; Safety in children's toys; Ranges; Colours; Packaging. (Updated from: Focus Tasks: Textiles)

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Size: 65 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 246 4
Code: LATE
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Contents List


  • 9 LEARNING TERMS Students compile their own list of technical words as an aid to both spelling and understanding.
  • 11 THE SEWING MACHINE Students learn the parts of a sewing machine and, in a practical activity, practise threading one.
  • 13 TROUBLESHOOTING Students learn how to tell if a sewing machine is running properly, and how to correct faults in stitching.
  • 15 MARKED RIGHT! This page helps students to recognise pattern markings and to learn what they are used for by drawing up a table describing them.
  • 17 RIBBON WEAVE Students learn about fabric construction and weave strips to create a 'fabric' texture.
  • 19 PILLOW CASE Students practise design and drawing skills and straight machine work.
  • 21 IT'S A COVER-UP! An exercise to help students understand the need for a seam allowance.
  • 23 BRICK TRICK Students practise accurate measuring and drawing, and consider how to improve their designs.
  • 25 SEAT BELT COVER Students design a logo and seat belt cover. They discuss different types of fastening.
  • 27 IT'S IN THE BAG! Students design a drawstring bag for a particular purpose and begin to use appliqué.
  • 29 IT'S IN THE BAG! (2) Students learn about appropriate fabrics for different uses and choose a method of applying a design with surface decoration.
  • 31 PRINTING FABRICS Students investigate which methods of printing are appropriate to which fabric. This leads into a practical session on fabric printing.
  • 33 SHOWING SKILLS A problem-solving exercise is used as a vehicle for students to demonstrate a range of skills.
  • 35 PLAY-TIME Students think about fabrics that are safe for children to use.
  • 37 PATTERN MAKING Making a pattern for a child's toy is used to illustrate aspects of safety.
  • 39 ON A ROLL Students demonstrate skills and fastenings by making a 'holder' for jewellery.
  • 41 SEND REINFORCEMENTS An exercise to help students understand the need for reinforcement of pocket corners.
  • 43 RECYCLING Students think about why materials are recycled, and design a stage costume using recycled materials. Additionally, they learn about the colour preferences of a particular time period.
  • 45 SWIM, BIKE, RUN Students create a co-ordinated range of clothes to enhance their understanding of 'ranges'.
  • 47 SWIM, BIKE RUN (2) Students extend their range of clothes and justify choices of fabrics and colours. They also think about accessories.
  • 49 WHICH FABRIC? Helps students to recognise the sources of fabrics and which fabrics are best for which jobs. The care of fabrics is also introduced.
  • 51 WASH CARE Students learn how to look after clothing/fabric products.
  • 53 DISASSEMBLY An exercise to show how many sections make up a shirt.
  • 55 SWING LABELS A discussion of the way manufacturers identify products with labels, with a practical activity which involves designing a swing label.
  • 57 PACKAGING An exercise to design packaging whilst learning about its uses.
  • 59 MAKING IT WORK Students learn about factory planning and industrial processes.
  • 61 EVALUATING Students learn how to evaluate by referring back to specifications.
  • 63 AESTHETICS An exercise to get students to think about design and colour.
  • 64 APPENDIX 1 To accompany the SWIM, BIKE, RUN pages (45-47).
  • 65 APPENDIX 2 To accompany Page 53 DISASSEMBLY.