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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.

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. 

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...

Types 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...

How cellulose fibres are derived from wood and converted into paper

Within this lesson students will learn how cellulose fibres are derived from wood and grasses and converted into paper. Students will understand the ecological issues in the manufacture and recycling of paper/board.

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