K: Keeping warm

Here’s a primary enrichment activity from John Senior.

As winter approaches and the clocks are changed it is time to find scarves, gloves, hats and warm socks and all the other clothing associated with difficult weather. Specialist clothing for use in very cold areas such as the Arctic and Antarctica or when deep water sailing are often light to wear, water- and wind-proof, brightly coloured and made of strong material. 

Some questions for your pupils to consider and discuss

When designing clothing for explorers to wear we have to consider all the basic things. When designing clothing for everyday use we consider other things as well such as colours, ease of cleaning and care.

How would you make clothing more interesting and useful?

Look at the table below to see some suggestions and when you have had some time to think complete the blank table with your ideas.

Hat

(Automatic umbrella attached)

Gloves

(With lights in the fingers to help read in the dark)

Socks

(That make your feet go where you should go if you have told your socks your destination)

Coat

(One pocket with a toaster for making toast and another pocket for storing butter and jam)

Shoes

(When it snows or is icy little hooks come out of the sole of the shoe to help the wearer walk safely)

Scarf

(A laser projector which receives TV and projects the picture in front of your eyes)

Hat

Gloves

Socks

Coat

Shoes

Scarf

Going further

It would be such fun to make a sample of one of the designs and see what other children thought about the ideas involved. An exhibition of all the ideas would be a great fashion show.

Click here to try a related game on the BBC website

National Curriculum KS1: Design and Technology.

Breadth of study: During the key stage, pupils should be taught knowledge, skills and understanding through: investigating and evaluating a range of familiar products [for example, talking about how they work, and whether they do what they are supposed to do]; focused practical tasks that develop a range of techniques, skills, processes and knowledge; design and make assignments using a range of materials, including food, items that can be put together to make products, and textiles.

Learning and Teaching Scotland: Curriculum for excellence

There should be opportunities for children to develop their full capacity for different types of thinking and learning. As they progress, they should develop and apply increasing intellectual rigour, drawing different strands of learning together, and exploring and achieving more advanced levels of understanding.

International Baccalaureate

Primary Years Programme. How the world works.

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