Fabric and fibre in the curriculum


Strand Unit: Creating in fabric and fibre: The child should be enabled to:

  • Explore the possibilities of fabric and fibre as media for imaginative expression. E.g. investigating open-weave fabric (e.g. hessian) / discovering the effects that can be created by adding a variety of strings, ribbons or large beads / discovering how different textures feel and how they compare when put together
  • Make simple collages. E.g. developing a colourful theme in a simple collage of fabrics, fibres, beads, buttons / ‘dressing up’ a life-size drawing of him/herself or of an imaginary creature / making a collage with the emphasis on texture / making a collage with the emphasis on rhythm (e.g. talking about moving, swirling water)
  • Invent a costume. E.g. for an imaginary character

Strand Unit: Looking and responding: The child should be enabled to:

  • Look at, handle and talk about a variety of fabrics and fibres for experience of tactile, visual and structural qualities. E.g. soft, fluffy, coarse, stiff, warm, cool / colour and pattern / finely or thickly woven curtains, towels, dishcloths, clothes, ropes made of natural and synthetic fibres
  • Look at and talk about his/her work and the work of other children. E.g. describing the piece of work / the colours used to create shapes, textures, patterns/ how she enjoyed making it / what she likes best about the work