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    Samsung Digital Discovery Centre EYFS/Reception Clothes from around the world The final page of these notes can be copied and given to adult helpers.

    About this session

    This session takes place in the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre, in the Clore

    Education Centre. Students use a mixture of digital technology (including laptops

    and digital cameras), object handling, sorting skills, dressing up and question and

    answer in order to look closely at clothes from a number of cultures around the


    In this session, students will investigate how and why people from past cultures

    and in the present dress themselves differently depending on the purpose and


    Session lasts 90 minutes and includes a gallery visit.

    The Museum would very much appreciate it if students attending could wash and

    dry their hands before the session to help conserve the handling objects. We also

    recommend that students wash their hands after the session, particularly if they go

    straight into their lunch break.

    Session outline

    The session begins with a circle time introduction, discussing what the students

    are themselves wearing. They then handle and sort some different clothes, firstly

    familiar then from other cultures.

    They then go on to use an interactive world map on the whiteboard to locate

    where some of these clothes come from, and to see pictures of people wearing the


    Next, the children go out into the galleries with digital cameras and take

    photographs of clothes from other parts of the world.

    In the afternoon, they dress up in some clothes from different cultures, and are

    photographed in front of a green screen. A background is later superimposed upon

    the picture, and the finished images are posted out to your school.

    Also in the afternoon, students have a free choice of digital and non-digital

    activities, linked to the session topic. These may include games and activities on

    the laptops or on paper, art activities, looking at books, or exploring the Museums

    collection using the interactive whiteboard.

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    Key themes of the session are clothes for different purposes, weather around the

    world, similarities and differences of clothing in different cultures.

    Key vocabulary includes different, same, hot, cold, wet, dry, head, body, arms,

    legs, hands, feet, hat, coat, gloves, shoes, boots, dress, tunic, top, shirt, trousers

    Preparing for your session

    Ask the children to discuss what they are wearing that day. How is it different

    from what they wear at the weekend? What do their parents wear to work and at

    the weekend? Why?

    Play a weather sorting game with everyday clothes, such as wellington boots,

    mittens and flip-flops.

    Get the children to dress up in as many different work outfits as possible (eg

    lollipop man, bus driver, nurse) and role play, talking about what they are wearing.

    Following up your session

    Find out more about clothing from one of the countries that the children looked at

    when visiting the Museum.

    Ask the children to design an outfit for a particular occasion, such as a special

    event, a snowy day, or a trip to the seaside.

    Play an online dressing up game at http://www.uptoten.com/kids/kidsgames-

    mixedbag-dressmarcelino.html - children have to select the right outfit for

    Marcelino for different locations.

    Galleries with related objects

    Room 24: Living and Dying a number of festival costumes from around the world

    Room 26: North America clothing for cold weather, as well as headdresses and


    Room 25: Africa brightly-coloured tunics and fabrics

    Curriculum links

    KS1 Geography geographical enquiry and skills, knowledge and understanding

    of places

    KS1 History historical enquiry

    KS1 Science materials and their properties

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    Summary sheet

    In this session the students will learn about some of the reasons why people

    around the world wear different clothing.

    Key words

    different - same

    hot - cold

    wet - dry

    head, body, arms, legs, hands, feet

    hat, coat, gloves, shoes, boots, dress, shirt, trousers, tunic, top

    The students will talk about what they are wearing and why they are wearing it.

    They will look at a variety of clothes and sort them into categories.

    They will then find where some of these clothes come from on an interactive map

    of the world.

    They will go out into the galleries and take photographs of clothes that are worn

    on the head, body, legs and feet.

    They will dress up in different clothing from around the world.

    Adults can help in this session by:

    Assisting students when using digital equipment and in activities

    Making sure all the students in the class have a turn

    Dressing up in the clothes themselves!

    For more information, visit britishmuseum.org/samsungcentre


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