Global Learning London

Clothes – Curriculum planning

Curriculum planning


Literacy, Language and Communication
debate the issue of Fairtrade cotton and clothing, articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions for ‘throwaway culture clothes’ vs. labels with ethical policies;

learn how to be critical consumers by critically investigating the language of advertising that tells us to buy products yet hides the conditions under which they are made and the environmental impact

Knowledge and Understanding of the World
research historical dress from a variety of cultures and if possible, through school library services or local museums, visit, borrow and try some on, investigating the significance of styles, designs and fabrics;

examine different kinds of religious clothing, are able to name the item and which religion it might be associated with;

use locational knowledge to research which countries are the major suppliers of British clothing by surveying labels in their garments and at home.

After a study of the conditions for some clothing workers, groups of pupils plan and perform a contrasting dance or performance that shows scenes from a fashion show catwalk juxtaposed with a factory scene where the garments may have been produced
bring in an old item of clothing to be given a design makeover using tie dye, embellishments and fabric pens, any that are too small can be redesigned into bags;

investigate the fabrics, patterns and designs of different cultures e.g. Adinkra

Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education
Pupils develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibility and begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national or global issues like climate change;

They learn how to make more confident and informed choices about the environment; to take more responsibility individually and as part of a greater whole;

They learn that resources can be allocated in different ways and that these economic choices affect individuals, communities and the sustainability of the environment.

Mathematical, Scientific and Technical
play an adapted version of The Trading Game to consider how resources are unequally distributed and produce paper
T-shirts instead of rectangles;

compare the prices of fairly traded school uniforms against the cheaper brands, and present their finding through ICT to decision makers in their school and parents;

learn how to repair clothes simply- i.e. sew on buttons, use simple stitches to hem.