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Design a sports glove

In this resource, students design a new glove for use in a sport of their choice. Students may find it helpful to talk with local people who partake in their chosen sport. The P.E. Department may be able to suggest suitable contacts.

A selection of tests, activities and factsheets are available for the...

Gold award: compare the properties of different fabrics

In this project, students compare the properties of a range of fabrics made from different fibres. The fabrics could be woven or knitted and they could be made from natural fibres such as cotton and wool or synthetic fibres such as nylon. Students should investigate physical properties, such as strength,  tear...

Understanding fabrics

This lesson supports students to unpick a number of different types of textile, including natural, synthetic, blended, woven, non-woven and knitted Textiles. The lesson provides a classroom presentation, teacher notes and student worksheets.

Biodegradable plastics

A resource which covers core theory for GCSE Design and Technology: understanding what biodegradable plastics are and their purpose for reducing plastic waste. Students will learn the environmental impact of polymers linking to the news articles (e.g.) damage to marine life. This resource...

The properties of polymers, using additives

A resource which covers core theory for GCSE Design and Technology: understanding the different additives which are applied to polymers and how they improve them. Students will learn the different additives and process which are applied to polymers and the benefits of doing these. Students...

Producing polymers: refining, fractional distillation and cracking

A resource which covers core theory for GCSE Design and Technology: understanding the different classifications of plastics and polymers. Within this lesson students will understand the processes involved in refining, fractional distillation and cracking to produce workable forms of polymers. Through...

Thermosetting polymers: properties and uses

A resource which covers core theory for GCSE Design and Technology: understanding the different classifications of plastics and polymers. Within this lesson students will develop a familiarity of a range of thermosetting polymers, common named polymers, their properties and principal uses. Throughout...

Thermoforming and thermosetting polymers

This resource supports students to understand the key properties of thermosetting and thermoforming polymers and provides examples of uses for these polymers. The resource contains a classroom presentation and student worksheet.

Thermoforming polymers: properties and uses

A resource which covers core theory for GCSE Design and Technology: understanding the different classifications of plastics and polymers. Within this lesson students will develop a familiarity of a range of thermoforming polymers, common named polymers, their properties and principal uses. Throughout the lesson...

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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