From Fleece to Fashion

Teachers' notes, activities and linked resources

Other related KS3/4 resources from Armley Mills include: 

Curriculum links:

KS3/4 History - Industrial change 1750 - 1900

KS3/4 Design & Technology - Textiles

Aim of resource:

To explore industrial change during the 18th and 19th centuries through a study of local industry; to enable students to set local patterns in the context of national changes. 

Learning objectives:

Knowledge of how fashion has evolved over time 
Understanding of production processes 
Skills to collect, collate and present information in an appropriate form to present to others

Discussion ideas:

  • What do we understand by the word 'process'? 
  • What examples of different 'processes' can you think of? 
  • What would it have been like to work in a woollen mill in the late 1800s? 
  • In what ways did things change in factories from the 1800s to today?
  • What were factory working conditions like in the past?

Activity ideas:

  • Download the worksheet 'Fleece to Fashion': The worksheet contains the full text of this resource, with a chart to fill in details of the production process and ideas for creating a linked presentation.

  • Download the worksheet 'Gott's Challenges' which allows pupils to explore problem-solving activities in the role of Victorian mill owner Benjamin Gott of Leeds. It includes a quiz on learning style, and an event planning activity.

  • Curate a timeline: Look at the men's wardrobe timeline and decide which items of clothing should represent each year from 2007 to now.

  • Create a presentation: Work in a small team (3-4 people) to make a presentation about the processing of wool from fleece to a completed garment. You should look at the whole process but your presentation could focus on a more detailed investigation of a particular part of the process.

    Collect photos and other evidence to use in your presentation. As a team, decide how to present the information in a way which is appropriate for pupils at your school in a lower year group.

    Produce an evaluation of your finished presentation once you have shown it to your target group. Consider these points:
    - What was effective in your presentation?
    - What changes would you make, if you did it again?
    - What questions did your audience ask? How could you use these in a new version of the presentation?
    - Were there any difficulties to overcome? What were they and how did you resolve them?
    - Did you change any of your plans as your work progressed? If so, why did you need to do this?

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