Materials and their properties: papers and boards

A collection of resources for GCSE Design and Technology that support the teaching of material properties with different papers and boards.

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Material properties of papers and boards

Within this lesson students will gain knowledge and understanding of how paper is made and the primary sources of materials for producing papers and boards. Students will complete a series of questions which will help them to gain an understanding of how different papers and boards are produced, with a comparison...

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Characteristics of paper and boards

Within this lesson students will develop an understanding of the primary sources of producing both papers and boards. Students will be able to recognise and characterise different types of papers and boards. Students will understand how the physical and working properties of a range of paper and board products...

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Printing processes

Within this lesson students will develop an understanding of the different printing methods which can be applied to both paper and boards (within school and industry). Students will develop an awareness of their suitability for specific products and scales of production and apply this to a worksheet resource. 

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Finishes which can be applied to improve paper and board properties

Within this lesson students will develop an understanding of different finishes which can be applied to both paper and board to enhance their appearance and/or improve their function.  Students will understand the main properties and uses of paper and boards.

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