Materials and their properties - Polymers, GCSE classroom teaching resource

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Materials and their properties: Polymers

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.


  • What are polymers?
  • What are plastics made from?
  • Polymerisation
  • Thermosetting and thermoplastic polymers
  • Design decisions
  • Properties of polymers: mechanical and aesthetic
  • Stock sizes and forms
  • Origins of polymers
  • Processing and manufacturing methods
  • Forces, stresses and friction
  • Specialist manufacturing
  • Treatments and finishes
  • Social and environmental impacts
  • Links to further information
  • The future of polymers

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:

“I know we would use something like this. The depth of information is sufficient and the slides could easily be used alongside actual examples of materials.”

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

 This item is a download.

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