Materials and their properties - Textiles, GCSE classroom teaching resource

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Materials and their properties: Textiles

Age 14-16
First published 2017

One of a series of classroom teaching resources for students, addressing the relevant content of all four Awarding organisations' Design and Technology GCSE specifications.
The resource will also be useful to students enrolled other technical courses including Engineering.

This contains a PowerPoint presentation containing a range of summary information for students to help them understand and apply their learning in product analysis, making design decisions and selecting and using materials.


  • What are textiles?
  • Textiles fabric handling collection
  • Properties of textiles – physical, thermal, aesthetic; forces and stress
  • Design decisions – how will you want the finished product to appear?
  • Origins of textiles
  • Sourcing textiles – stock forms and sizes
  • Natural textiles – properties, production and applications of wool, cotton, silk, flax
  • Synthetic textiles – properties, production and applications of polyester, nylon, acrylic, aramid, elastane
  • How is fabric made? – woven, knitted, non-woven
  • Scales of production in manufacture
  • Production methods
  • Joining methods
  • Fastenings
  • Specialist manufacturing tools and techniques
  • Treatments and finishes
  • Technical textiles
  • Social and environmental impacts
  • Links to maths and science
  • Links to further information

 Also included is the classroom teaching resource: ‘Materials and their properties’ which provides an introduction to choosing and using materials, materials in product analysis and links to the GCSE curriculum. It has links to other subject areas and builds upon prior learning in the areas of technical knowledge and making at KS3.

Others in the series:

The five presentations are also available to purchase as a set.

 This item is a download.

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