Lesson 4: Making smoothies

Children blend chosen fruits and vegetables to make smoothies and design packaging for their drinks, to reflect the ingredients.

Learning objective

  • To make a fruit and vegetable smoothie

National curriculum

Cooking and nutrition

  • Use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet


  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology


  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics


Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

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Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Will need support with the motor skills and may need to talk through the steps of slicing before they begin. Small group work may be advised for some children. For the alternative activity, pupils may require support with manoeuvring the images onto the carton, using the mouse.

Pupils working at greater depth: Will need to be stretched to think about how to slice foods (which way, size, etc.). They could also be extended to more tricky fruit like pineapples or melons. For the alternative activity, pupils could use the internet or clipart library in PowerPoint to find their own images for their carton designs (Insert > pictures > stock images).

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Tom Turnham,  
Design & Technology specialist
Tom has been a teacher for seven years and, as Head of Upper School at The Belham Primary School, he has a keen interest in young people and good causes. For the past seventeen years he has volunteered with various…
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