Bag materials

Year 5 problem solved and analysed materials today.

They investigated the pros and cons of certain materials to use for making our Anglo Saxon bags.
Paper and tissue paper were not suitable for the task. The children came up with some good reasonings, like it was not durable enough.

Thin plastic had some good qualities, it was durable and waterproof, which is helpful. Unfortunately, because it was shiny it was hard to sew together.

Carrier bags was next on the list… great because it is recyclable and waterproof, but when it was pierced, it just split and ripped. Not a suitable material to sew.

The final choice was a material called hessian. This material is strong, durable and because it has tiny holes in it, the needles will go through nice and easily. Perfect. Although it is not waterproof, the children decided that they could line it with plastic to protect whatever is inside. Well done Year 5.

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