Textiles Early KS3 Y7 Mainly Making - Understanding Fibres and Fabrics

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D&T Key Resources
Textiles Early KS3
Mainly Making
Understanding fibres and fabrics – 8 hours
First published 2015; updated 2016

What are the properties of fabrics used today and why is it important to understand this? How do we add print and stitch to our fabrics to make them more interesting? How do practising designers achieve this?

This unit considers the origins of natural and man-made fibres, the methods of construction and properties of these and how they are adapted by adding colour and decoration, with examples from current textiles designers.

Key Learning:

  • Properties ofnatural and manmade fibres and how to identify them
  • Methods of creating fabric
  • Methods of adding colour and stitch to fabrics
  • Use of the sewing machine
  • How current textile designers work in the commercial world


  • Safe practice using textiles equipment and processes
  • How to make fabric.
  • How to dye and print different fabrics
  • How to operate a sewing machine

NC 2014 Learning objectives

  • MB7 Follow procedures for safety and hygiene and understand the process of risk assessment
  • MB8 Use a wider, more complex range of materials, components (and ingredients), taking into account their properties
  • MB9 Use a broad range of manufacturing techniques including handcraft skills and machinery to manufacture products precisely
  • MB3 Use CAD/CAM to produce and apply surface finishing techniques, for example using dye sublimation
  • MB4 Investigate and develop skills in modifying the appearance of materials including textiles and other manufactured materials e.g. dyeing and appliqué
  • TK8 How to make adjustments to the settings of equipment and machinery such as sewing machines and drilling machines
  • EC1 Know about an increasing range of designers, engineers, chefs, technologists and manufacturers and be able to relate their products to their own designing and making

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D&T Key Resources

These Design and Technology Key Resources form part of a KS3 plan for D&T learning and a project bank from which you can choose to populate your school’s learning plan. Other resources in the plan cover curriculum areas of Food, Systems and Control and Product Design.

These resources have been developed to help teachers who are looking to move their schemes of work from craft-based focused projects, where the craft outcome is the critical factor, towards planning D&T learning units that focus on students’ learning in design and technology.

The resources are designed to enable you to either use the full KS3 learning programme or to plan your own using these available units from the bank. You can use these units with others from the ever growing bank available on the D&T Association website or you can design your own to fit your school’s requirements.

Each learning unit has been designed by starting with selected learning objectives from the 2014 National Curriculum. From here the units have been developed with tasks, activities and experiences which provide opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate what they have learnt. Furthermore assessment opportunities have been 'designed in' where teachers can assess whether students have learnt what the unit has set out to teach them. To make them easier to reference in medium and short term plans they have been coded DB1, MA2, MB7 etc. A full reference table of codec learning objectives is included in this pack.

Across all material components of D&T resources have been developed for Early, Mid, and Late Key Stage 3 and are of varying lengths, each with a different theme and approaching the activities from a different learning focus:

  • Mainly Designing               two to five hours
  • Mainly Making                   three to four hours
  • Design and Make              six to eight hours
  • Technology in Society      two hours



Each resource pack comprises:

  • Unit of work
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Self assessment worksheets
  • Homework sheets
  • Support resources

Units can be purchased as individual items or as sets across early, mid or late KS3, or as a full set covering the whole of KS3.

Curriculum Credits cannot be used to purchase this item.

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