Wool & Hair Fibres 

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Questions are divided into ‘thinking points to help you think about  in more detail. They are also divided into levels of challenge to help you review the level you are at. 

Bronze - a basic level question 

Silver - challenging question aimed at medium/ higher GCSE level

Gold - very challenging question aimed at higher GCSE / A level

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Question 1 (6 marks)                           Silver - medium/ higher GCSE level 

Name two luxury hair fibres and describe the qualities they give textiles products.

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Keywords in the question

Name (instruction word)

Two (instruction word)

Describe (instruction word)

Hair fibre (find out more about this)

Qualities 

Textiles products


Things to ask yourself to help you think around the question

  • What animals apart from sheep have hair a hair coat?
  • What are properties of hair fibres? 
  • What types of products are made out of hair fibre?


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Top tips

  • You are instructed to name 2 hair fibres so to get full marks you must do this. You won’t get additional marks for naming others . 2 of the 6 marks are likely to be gained just from naming 2 fibres. 
  • You have to answer in the context of the question which is asking you to relate the properties of hair fibres to particular products. 
  • The question is worth 6 marks so to requires a detailed answer. This question is very a medium level challenge as you have to apply your knowledge of particular fibres to a selection of products. 
  • It is a good idea to plan this type of answer as it is worth a lot of marks. Self mark your answer to check you have sufficient points, examples and explanations to achieve the full marks. 


Similar questions that might be asked

  • This type of question might be asked about another fibre e.g. silk 


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Question 2 (12 marks)          Gold - very challenging, higher GCSE/A level

Pure new wool is considered a luxury fibre by many consumers. Explain the benefits to the consumer of buying products made from this fibre, making reference to several product examples in your answer. 

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Keywords in the question

Explain (instruction word)

Several product examples (instruction word - more than one example product)

Benefits - advantages (Find information that might help with this)

Consumer - person buying the product 


Things to ask yourself to help you think around the question

  • What are properties of wool? 
  • Which of these would make a consumer see wool as a luxury fibre?
  • What types of products are made out of wool?


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Top tips

  • The initial sentence 'Pure new wool is considered a luxury fibre by many consumers’ is a bit of a red herring. Don’t get too bogged down in the ‘luxury’ aspect - you are focusing on anything consumers will like about wool fibres. 
  • You are asked to explain the benefits so your answer should focus on the advantages of using wool
  • Maintain a focus on the consumer as that is the context of the question
  • You are specifically asked to give several product examples. Make these relate to the fibre properties and the consumer. 
  • The question is worth 12 marks so you will need to give a very detailed answer. This question is very challenging as you have to apply your knowledge to the context of a consumer and a selection of products. 
  • It is a good idea to plan this type of answer as it is worth a lot of marks. Think of subheadings you could break down the answer into to make it easier for you. Self mark your answer to check you have sufficient points, examples and explanations to achieve the full marks. 


Similar questions that might be asked

  • This type of question might be asked about another fibre e.g. silk
  • A question worth 12 marks is most likely to be an A level question but a GCSE exam might have a similar question targeted at a lower level of mark


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Question 3 (10 marks)      Gold - very challenging, at higher GCSE/A level

Discuss a range of finishes and other developments in wool fibres and fabrics that make wool fabrics more consumer friendly. 

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Keywords in the question

Discuss (instruction word)

Range (instruction word - at least 2 needed)

Finishes and other developments

Wool fibres & fabrics 

Consumer friendly


Things to ask yourself to help you think around the question

  • What are the properties of wool that might benefit from high tech developments?
  • What does a typical consumer want from a product?


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Top tips

  • You must mention a range of finishes and developments - aim for 3 or 4 with detailed descriptions 
  • Both fibres and fabrics should be referred to in the answer as these are mentioned in the question
  • You have to answer in the context of the question which is asking you to relate the developments to the consumer 
  • The question is worth 10 marks so you will need to give a very detailed answer. This question is very challenging as you have to apply your knowledge to the context of a consumer.
  • It is a good idea to plan this type of answer as it is worth a lot of marks. Think about any sub headings you might use to help you structure your answer. Self mark your answer to check you have sufficient points, examples and explanations to achieve the full marks. 


Similar questions that might be asked

  • This type of question might be asked about another fibre e.g. silk 


See an example answer


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