Using Metals in Fashion & Textiles

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A quick introduction to the resource


This resource can be used at KS3, 4 & 5, and in particular, has been developed to link to the core content on metals in the D&T GCSE. The resource is particularly targeted at textiles teachers who want to deliver the D&T GCSE via a textiles focused route, whilst still embracing the broader materials approach, and whilst encouraging learners to think differently and step outside their comfort zone. The resource shows how metals are relevant to a creative fashion & textiles context, helping engage learners who have a preference for working in this context. The resource might also be suitable for non specialists who want to approach the learning on knitted, woven and non woven textiles materials in a different way.

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What’s included in the pack?

  • This pack consists of 22 samples, 18 materials and 4 yarn/thread samples, all of which are mounted onto tags suitable for display. Each tag has a number on the back so it can be identified on the accompanying key, which also gives information on each sample, along with where the materials can be purchased. The samples are all materials that show how metals are used in fashion and textiles. These include traditional textiles materials with metal coatings, knitted, woven and non woven pure metals, as well as metals in a more traditional hard material format. 
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  • The accompanying memory stick has a 90 slide PowerPoint giving more information on metals used in fashion and textiles, as well as a range of experimental activities and outcomes that can be carried out in the classroom. Some slides give teacher focused information and other slides are presented so they can be used straight away in the classroom. Most of the slides are editable (although not all). 
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  • In addition to a wide range of experimental activities that are suggested, the electronic resources also include 3 modules of work using some of the materials & ideas in the resource. Outcomes are quick & easy to do, and are particularly suitable as focused practical tasks, but can also be extended into a longer, more complex modules. For each module this includes a visual ‘how to’ handout learners can use to guide them, along a one page summary for teachers to use which summarises the module. Note these are not a schemes of learning and they don’t break down the module over a number of weeks for a particular year group. Instead they are a summary sheet with information on the learning covered by the module, tips on developing the idea further, pointers for sourcing materials, and key questions that might be asked by the teacher to prompt deeper learning.  All of these resources are in PDF format.
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  • The electronic resources also include 3 easy reference information sheets on traditional metals (using examples listed in the specifications), as well as 2 activity worksheets on metals. These sheets help learners relate the work they have done on metals in textiles applications to the more traditional approach taken by the written exam for the D&T GCSE. These resources are in PDF format.

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Good to Know

  • The samples are packaged in bag, along with a memory stick and information sheet.
  • All samples are mounted onto manilla tags suitable for display. Material samples are approximately 60mm x 40mm in size and yarn/thread size is approximately 30cm (tag size 98mm x 48mm). 
  • The resource can be used by any D&T teacher at KS3, 4 and 5 but it has been particularly designed for textiles teachers who want to embrace the broader materials focus of the D&T GCSE in a way that emphasises a creative textiles approach. 
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  • Although the resource has been designed for KS3, 4 and 5 D&T teachers it might also be suitable for anyone delivering other courses.
  • The materials in the resource are examples only & are not a conclusive list of the metals content in the GCSE specifications, nor are they are a conclusive list as to what metals are used in textiles. 
  • Note the resource doesn’t aim to cover all of the core content on metals for the D&T GCSE. It should also be noted that the D&T GCSE written exam is likely to take a more traditional approach to metals, so references will be needed to enable students to be able to link their learning to this more traditional approach. The information and activities in the resource provide a range of ‘hooks’ to engage learners in this learning. Some resources to support the more traditional approach the exam will take when examining metals in the core content is also included. 
  •  The samples are designed to be handled & evaluated rather than being used for practical activities. The samples, information  & web links save teachers & learners time, helping them decide what materials might be worth investing in for further research. 
  • The materials, including the harder metals, don’t require any special equipment and all can be cut using scissors (although heavy duty scissors or tin snips might be useful to use with some), and all can be stitched on a sewing machine. Tips & ideas on how to do this are included in the resource.
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  • Note, this resource is given away on some of our course so please check you don’t have the resource before making the purchase.
  • Note colours & shapes of some materials may vary depending on availability

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Curriculum Links

  • The materials mentioned in the resource have been chosen because of their links to the core content on metals (and some of the textiles content) for the D&T GCSE specifications, as well as their links to KS3. In particular, they have been chosen to show how metals are used in textiles applications to provide interesting ‘hooks’ to engage students. 
  • The pack also includes resources that can be used to help students link the metals in textiles based activities to the more traditional approach taken by the written exam. 

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  • Materials are cut to order & processing may take longer than the usual 3-5 day delivery mentioned elsewhere on the website (note some orders may take up to 28 days).
  • All sizes are approximate
  • Prices are subject to change 
  • Colours and shapes of some materials may not be the same as indicated on this page
  • We only sell samples & don’t sell larger sizes
  • The electronic resources are stored on a memory stick included with the resource
  • Materials are cut to order & processing may take longer than the usual 3-5 day delivery mentioned elsewhere on the website (note some orders may take up to 28 days).
  • Our materials packs are designed to support the courses we run and are given away on selected courses. Find out more by emailing us
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