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Does anyone know where I can buy wax paper from please?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by thedancingqueen, May 8, 2011.

  1. I am on my final block placement with a year 5 class. We've been learning about recycling and I've been told by the class teacher that I have to teach them how to make clothes from recycled materials. I'm dreading it to be honest and I'm trying to work out what to do. I have found some good things to make by weaving plastic bags e.g. hats, sandals, bags etc but the problem is, I don't have enough plastic bags for that and it talks about different types of stitching that I know nothing about. I always hated stitching when I was at school. My plan is maybe to get them to make something small in art this week. e.g a small purse or wallet by weaving plastic bags and then in the following lesson, I thought I could get them to fold plastic bags, I would use wax paper (if I can find out where to buy it from. Only heard about it today for the first time after watching someone demonstrate this on youtube!) and then iron it for them so that they are welded together (if that's the right word. I mean stuck together). They would repeat this process and then I thought they could sew the pieces together, either by hand or use a sewing machine if the school has one. I'm not confident about sewing and I don't feel confident about giving the children sewing needles to use either. Instead, could I just get them to staple the pieces together or use e.g. masking tape? I don't want the pieces to fall apart but it would be a lot quicker and easier. What else could the class use to make their clothes please? Which other recycled materials? Can they just bring their old clothes in and wear them and then make accessories etc? I really don't feel like I know what I'm doing so if anyone can help me, I'd really appreciate it. I'm not looking forward to teaching this in the slightest and I also have exams in a few weeks so the less prep I have to do, the better.
  2. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    YOU don't need to buy the wax paper. Your school does. Put together your plans and a list of resources and go through it with your classteacher. They will be able to sort out with the school the buying of resources.

    Year 5 will be fine with sewing needles, you will need to thread quite a few, but that is all.

    You don't need enough plastic bags, they can bring their own in. You have found instructions to make hats and sandals. Print out both sets and make sure you kind of have the basic idea for both. Make one of each to show them. Tell the children they will be making them and need to bring in as many bags as they possibly can. They can design this week and then make over a few weeks and peer assess via a fashion show in the final week, use SC as the judging criteria.

    You are planning a lot of fabulous lessons, which is good. But do take care not to go overboard. Something clear and organised that gets finished is better than a million opportunities, none of which actually get to an end result.
  3. Ok, I'll show the teacher the planning tomorrow. Yeah, I'm going to ask the kids to bring plastic bags in themselves and I'll bring in the few that I have. Would I just bring in the sandals and the hat (if I manage to make them. I'm not sure how good they'll be and don't want to spend a long time on them). Do I have to demonstrate step by step what to do to the class or can I just print the instructions off and help them? I would hate demonstrating it and it would take ages. I really don't want to go overboard at all. With exams coming up, I want to do the bare minimum and prepare it quickly. I'm sure the lessons would be just as good. My plans might sound elaborate but I'm not confident about weaving etc and don't feel like I know what I'm doing. The sandals in particular are very complicated so should I get them to make a bag instead? It would probably be so much quicker and easier? They can just wear their old clothes for the fashion show if there's going to be a fashion show. Thanks for your help.
  4. Hello!

    I did this I was on placement! My class (even though they were y3) made clothes from bin bags! We bought the recycled ones so they came in all sorts of colours. The chn then brought in their own materials, buttons, scarves, plastic bags, old clothes - whatever they wanted basically! We used a glue gun to stick some things on but some sewing skills too.

    Other years (as it was a whole school project) brought in their old clothes and modified/altered them to make them different, they used fabric paint, added materials on, cut them up etc. I think one class made bags from old scarves.

    It was a DT week based on using recycled materials to make new outfits. Good luck, I had lots of fun doing it!
  5. I'll do a bag instead of sandals for ease and if I can find out how to make a scarf, that might be better than the hat since the hat design is like a bonnet, which the boys wouldn't want to make. I really don't want elaborate plans and to spend long on this. I was meant to teach the first lesson on Friday but since the teacher only suggested putting plastic bags in the oven (which I didn't want to do- will it not release toxic fumes or am I mistaken?) I'm doing it when they're back instead. Trying to make simple things so I'm abandoning the sandal idea I think.

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