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Metals & Me

Welcome to Metals & Me, the metals recycling education project. Metals & Me has been created to support the teaching of geography for 11-16 year olds. The project supports a number of curriculum and syllabus requirements and can be used to encourage debate and understanding of key issues in Citizenship and Education for Sustainable Development. Metals and Me material is also available on the TES Teaching Resources website here.

The entire teaching resource can be viewed or downloaded as a PDF file here. Alternatively individual themed sections can be accessed below.

There are four video modules available to support the classroom activities. They can be downloaded via the links below or viewed via YouTube.

Introduction and Teachers’ Notes

The introduction includes notes on curriculum applications; suggestions for using the video modules, wall chart and PowerPoint presentations; six exemplar lesson plans; and details of useful websites referred to in the activities. 

Section one: What have metals got to do with me?

Section one provides activities exploring the use of metals in a domestic environment, considering the properties they offer and asking if we could find suitable alternatives.

This section includes an informative animation that can be used as an effective scene setter to encourage pupils to realise that there are many metals in their everyday world.

Section two: Where do metals come from?

Section two explores global sources of key metal ores and the environmental impact of mining, processing and transportation.

The section two video introduces pupils to the impact the extraction of metal ores has on the environment, outlines many of the key recycling processes and indicates where materials are sourced from and sent to.

Section three: How does recycling work?

Section three looks at the main processes involved in recycling metal, including depolluting end of life vehicles, processing waste electrical and electronic equipment to recover precious metals and safe recycling of fridges and freezers.

This video follows one commonly recycled household appliance – the fridge – and shows how it can be comprehensively recycled to avoid harm to the environment.

Section four: Why are recycled metals beneficial to the economy and the environment?

This section demonstrates that recycled metals help the environment and give a real boost to the economy.

Section five: Think global – Act local

Section five explores the local impact of metal recycling through a decision-making exercise about siting a new recycling facility and a GIS activity about accessing a range of recycling services.

Keep in touch

The Metals & Me wall chart has been sent to all UK secondary schools. If you haven’t received a copy, or if you would like to hear about other activities for schools from BMRA and its member companies, please register your details using the form below*

Time Educational Supplement Teaching Resources

Other TES Teaching Resources, free lesson plans and worksheets are available by clicking on the logo below.

TES Teaching Resources, free lesson plans and worksheets



We are keen to receive feedback from teachers on the Metals & Me project, please spare a few minutes to complete our short questionnaire to let us know what you think.

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