Lesson 1: Following a recipe

After sampling and evaluating a range of biscuits, children bake a simple biscuit recipe

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To follow a baking recipe

National curriculum


Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design


Pupils should be taught to:

  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities


Pupils should be taught to:

  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products

Cooking and nutrition    

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
  • Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques
  • Understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Will need support scribing their notes regarding biscuits. Support working with this group to follow a recipe.

Pupils working at greater depth: Will need to apply what they see, smell, feel and taste, as well as looking at the biscuit packaging to make predictions about the biscuit’s target audience. Will help their group to measure the correct ingredient quantities using the correct intervals on the scale.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression 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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