Fabric and fibre in the curriculum

First and second class

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

  • Explore and discover the possibilities of fabric and fibre as media for imaginative expression. E.g. experimenting in changing open-weave fabric (e.g. hessian) removing sets of fibres in either direction / weaving in contrasting fibres / threading in decorative items / talking about and inventing stitches / discovering and talking about how different textures feel and how they compare when put together
  • Make small inventive pieces with fabric and fibre. E.g. designing and making a non-representational or theme-based collage or appliqu./ developing colour, texture, shape awareness / paying close attention to and talking about the shapes created, the shapes between the shapes and whether some of them overlap / decorating a small piece of fabric with stitches and other additions / creating line, shape, colour, texture / filling in some of the shapes created with colourful and/or textural effects / designing and making soft sculptures or puppets using old clothes / weaving small individual pieces creating colourful and/or textural effects
  • Invent a costume using old clothes. E.g. sewing, lacing or pinning large fabric strips together to create a magic cloak

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 spatial qualities. E.g. soft, fluffy, coarse, stiff, warm, cool, finely or thickly woven / colour and pattern / covering and folding qualities
  • Look at and talk about his/her work and the work of other children. E.g. describing the work / the colours, textures, patterns and effects created / what she intended / what she likes best about the work
  • Look at and talk about fabrics crafts and artefacts