How are traditional or religious messages conveyed through clothes? Bring in examples of different types of religious or traditional dress. What similaritiesdifferences are there? What can pupils learn from clothes?
What styles of dress, accessories and lifestyles are associated with music genres such as jazz, Two-Tone, hip-hop, reggae, dancehall, drum 'n' bass and UK garage? How and why do styles change and where do style ideas come from? Look at examples of music packaging and ask students to design packaging using only text, pattern and colour to represent particular styles of music.
The Black British Style exhibition is an excellent resource for key stage 4 and 5 contextual studies. Students could base their personal study on Black British Style or alternatively produce a study of one of the designers, photographers or film-makers represented in the exhibition - for example, the fashion designer Wale Adeyemi who combines youth culture and fashion with his now instantly recognised trademark graffiti prints.
What do students know about the African slave trade and the African diaspora? Interview each other, or family to build a picture of views on racial attitudes in the UK today.
What is a stereotype? How do stereotypes develop and why is it important not to stereotype? The Black British Style exhibition reveals just how many different examples there are of black British style.