Havering | Barking & Dagenham | Greenwich | Newham | Bexley

What is work?

Lesson Objectives:

  • To understand where and how people used to work
  • To explain how people work today

2 minutes

  • What work do your family do?
  • Where do they work?
  • Do they wear special work clothes?

Harold Hill Textiles


Listen to the two audio extracts


  1. What work did Mary do?

  2. Would you like to have Mary’s job?

Harold Textile Factories

Lovable Factory 1955

Textile Job Advert 1960

Lee Coopers Factory Floor 1965

Describe working here, focusing on one of your five senses:

  • Sight
  • Hearing
  • Taste
  • Touch
  • Smell

Textiles – Fabrics & fabrics

Fabrics are made from two main types of fibres:

  • Natural fibres – from a natural source, such as plants and animals
  • Synthetic fibres – are man-made from chemicals.


What are your clothes made from?

Plenary  •  Write a story

Where would you get your clothes from?

Each table will write a paragraph of more than 4 lines from the following subjects:

  • What type of fibres?
  • Made in which country?
  • Where did you buy them?
  • Why are there different styles of clothes?
  • Would you like to make clothes?

Be ready to explain your answers to the rest of the class

Homework  •  Ask your family

Produce a poster that describes in words and pictures where your family get their clothes.

Please include:

  • The hours that they work
  • The clothes that they wear at work
  • What they like about their work