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We offer Nursery Provision to Year 6

Design Technology



Here are a few ideas to support you to explore design and technology at home..

The ideas below have come from the food a fact of life website for further ideas click here


1. Maths and activity: Count how many steps it would take to walk around your kitchen, bedroom or living room. Calculate how many times you would have to walk around a room to reach 10,000 steps. Ask a family member to do the same thing. Are the number of steps different?  If so, why might this be?

2. Food and geography: Pick a recipe you have made recently or find one in a recipe book/online. Choose one of the ingredients used and state whether it is from a plant or an animal. Name the plant or animal. For example, cheese on toast: cheese is made from milk which is from a dairy cow. Explain how the ingredient has been produced and processed for use in the recipe.

3. Health and wellbeing: We all need to have 6-8 drinks a day – do you? Keep a drink diary to see how you get on over a day or week. Maybe keep one as a family? Here’s two diaries (example 1 and example 2) – but why not make your own? Want more info, take a look here.

4. Around your kitchen: Have a look in your kitchen and find six different pieces of equipment that can be used to either prepare or cook food with. (Here's some images, just in case!) Suggest a food or dish that could be made using each piece of equipment.  Why not find a recipe and make one of the dishes you suggested, if you have ingredients available?


Finding out and exploring food 

1. Science: Did you know that a single stalk of celery is known as a ‘rib’ and a single banana is called a ‘finger’?  Find out the interesting names for a single piece or a group of other fruit or vegetables.

2. Literacy: Fruit and vegetable alphabet: find a fruit and/or vegetable for each letter of the alphabet. Choose two from your list and find out where and how they are traditionally grown. (Here’s an example using a range of foods.)

3. Geography and literacyWatch these videos about where food comes from. Write or draw a story which show other children how one or more of these foods is produced.

4. Food and geography:  Look in your kitchen cupboards.  List the ingredients that could be used to add flavour to food, such as herbs, spices, stock cubes, mustard or tomato purée. Choose one and research where it is grown and how it is made or produced.  Name as many recipes as you can where it could be used.

5. Science: Toast a piece of bread.  How has the flavour, colour and texture of the bread changed? Find out why and how these changes have taken place. Click here for information about using dry heat to cook food.

6. Health and wellbeing: Government advice is to base our meals on starchy carbohydrates. Name five examples of starchy carbohydrate food. Explain why we need starchy carbohydrates in our diet. Create a menu for a day to show how starchy carbohydrates can be included at each meal time. Watch this video to find out more about starchy carbohydrates.



1. Lunchtime challenge: Have a look in your fridge and food cupboards and create an interesting sandwich that  includes at least one portion of fruit or vegetables . Stuck for ideas – use our sandwich generator! Make and enjoy your sandwich. Use five descriptive words to explain how it tastes, looks, smells and feels.

2. Keep it toastie! Make some tasty toast and enjoy with your family for breakfast or a teatime treat.

3. Sounds fishy! Bake some terrific tuna tarts! If you haven’t got all the ingredients be creative and use what you have! (Here's a poster too!)

4. Scone-tastic! Watch this video and make some scrummy scones. Add dried or fresh chopped fruit, grated carrot, apple, pear, courgette, or grated cheese.  Invite a family member to have tea with you and enjoy your freshly made scones together.

5. Food skills: Practice dicing an onion using the bridge and claw. Ask someone to take photos of each stage or create a video. Create a resource to show others how to use knives safely and correctly. Use the diced onions to make dishes such as, spaghetti bolognaisesoup, or spicy bean burgers. Other recipes idea can be found here.

6. Pizza pronto! Make your very own pizzausing this quick recipe! Make the base, and use whatever toppings you might have!



Do you want to undertake a design challenge at home?

Click here, to enjoy a create and make idea at home from the Design museum