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KS2 D&T and History Lesson Plan – Sew a Mini Tudor Gown

Key Stage



Years 3-6

Establish your own fashion label and learn about historical fashions with Adam Newman’s crafty idea.

The Tudors is a classic topic, but after a few years away from its mix of splendour and muck, I wanted to come back to it from a different angle: the opulence, colour and lavishness of the Tudor court.

On a recent school trip, my class ‘met’ Bess of Hardwick at the fantastic Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. Over the subsequent weeks, we ran our own Tudor fashion ‘brands’ and designed and made new ball gowns to impress our new client, Bess, all in time for fashion week.

What they’ll learn

  • How to work towards a design brief
  • Design a product to meet a specification
  • Evaluate materials for a purpose
  • Learn sewing techniques and technical vocabulary
  • Be aware of purpose and audience

Adam Newman is KS2 and curriculum leader at Farmilo Primary and Nursery in Nottinghamshire. Find him at and follow him on Twitter at @3edmigos.

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