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Materials and their properties: natural and manufactured timber

A collection of resources curated for Design and Technology GCSE, to support the teaching of the properties and finishing of timbers.
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Wood forming techniques

In this lesson students will develop an understanding of how wood can be formed using a variety of different manufacturing techniques. They will be able to analyse provided wooden product images to make informed choices of best manufacturing methods. Images, videos and animations are included to help deliver the...
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Finishes for wood

In this lesson students will develop an understanding of finishes that can be applied to timber to enhance their properties. Students will complete a finishes worksheet throughout the lesson; creating future revision notes. Lessons learnt knowledge will be tested in a series of exam style questions with provided...
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The properties of timbers

In this lesson students will gain an understanding of timber seasoning (both naturally and artificially) to help reduce the moisture content. They will develop an understanding of the process of converting a log into lumber and timber conversion through video clips and diagrams. Exam style questions are included...
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Understanding the properties of manufactured boards

In this lesson students will gain an understanding of  the properties of manufactured boards. They will learn the names of different manufactured boards and their applications. The pros and cons of manufactured will also be learnt with the environmental impact covered through case studies, videos and a classroom...
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Timbers: hardwoods and softwoods

 In this lesson students will gain an understanding of  the properties of both hardwood and softwood timbers. Completion of a card match up task will demonstrate their understanding which forms useful revision notes for the examination. They will learn the names of different hardwoods & softwoods and...
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Life Cycle Analysis

This collection of resources looks at the Life Cycle Analysis of a mobile phone. Included in this resource are the student worksheets. teacher notes and a presentation.
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2010 to date

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Product life cycle assessment

 In this lesson students will use case studies of what a life cycle assessment is and how/why they are carried out.  Students will also gain an understanding of how a life cycle assessment can be misused. Learning will be demonstrated by carrying out product evaluations using LCAs on different products using...
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What is a life cycle assessment?

In this lesson students will gain an understanding of what a life cycle assessment is and how it can be used to assess the environmental impact of the manufacture and use of different materials and products. Students will understand the five main stages of a life cycle analysis through both a diagram and supporting...
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One Planet Packaging

These materials, from Waste Watch (part of Keep Britain Tidy), have been developed to make explicit links between sustainability and packaging for students following GCSE level design and technology courses. The scheme of learning includes suggested activities for five active learning sessions, supported by the...
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2010 to date

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