Links to the Curriculum

How visits to the Veolia Nottinghamshire Materials Recovery Facility link to the national curriculum

School visits to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) can cover a wide range of topics allowing clear links to the curriculum and giving students a practical view of science and technology in action.


Below are some of the links to the primary and secondary curriculum that may be referenced during visits to the MRF.



  • Materials:
    • Origins of materials with links to materials as resources
    • Properties and uses of metal, plastic and paper/card
    • Reducing, Reusing and Recycling materials
  • Environment:
    • How resource use affects habitats
    • Impact of humans on the environment (positive and negative)
    • Negative effects of population and development such as litter and deforestation
    • Natural resources and sustainability



  • Technology:
    • Properties of materials
    • Use of machinery and automation in recycling
  • Geography:
    • Interaction and impact of humans on the environment
    • Resource management and sustainability
  • Science:
    • Earth as a source of limited resources and the efficacy of recycling
    • Product life cycle assessment and recycling to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life
    • The viability of recycling of certain materials

*Please note school visits are open to students age 7 and above.

Find out how a typical school visit to the MRF is run
In partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council's Schools Waste Education Team we run specific weeks for Nottinghamshire school visits.
Hear directly from schools who have visited us at the MRF