Materials and their properties - Papers and boards

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Materials and their properties: Papers and Boards

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Age 14-16
First published 2017

One of a series of classroom teaching resources for students, addressing the relevant content of all four Awarding organisations' Design and Technology GCSE specifications.

The resource will also be useful to students enrolled other technical courses including Engineering.

This contains a PowerPoint presentation containing a range of summary information for students to help them understand and apply their learning in product analysis, making design decisions and selecting and using materials.


  • Characteristics and uses of papers and boards
  • Properties of papers and boards: mechanical and aesthetic
  • Boards and laminates
  • Design decisions
  • Origins of papers
  • Manufacturing processes: mechanical and chemical
  • Manufacturing processes: components and products
  • Scales of production
  • Stock forms and sizes
  • Products
  • Forces and stress
  • Examples
  • Finishing
  • Joining and bonding
  • Social and environmental impacts
  • Preventing waste and recycling
  • Useful links and places to visit

Also included is the classroom teaching resource: ‘Materials and their properties’ which provides an introduction to choosing and using materials, materials in product analysis and links to the GCSE curriculum. It has links to other subject areas and builds upon prior learning in the areas of technical knowledge and making at KS3.

Others in the series:

  • Metals
  • Textiles
  • Timbers
  • Polymers

The five presentations are also available to purchase as a set.

This item is a download.

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