Lesson 4: Mamma mia! What a tasty, healthy bolognese!

Children work together to make their very own bolognese sauces, following the recipe methods that they wrote last lesson and designing packaging that promotes it as a healthy and ethical choice

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To complete a food product

National curriculum

Cooking and nutrition

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet


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:

  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world


Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Will need to work in mixed ability groups to get support from their peers and be closely supervised in the kitchen to ensure they are kept safe and use equipment safely.

Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage these children to design product packaging specifically for attracting their target audience. For example, a sauce for a family with children might be brightly coloured with cartoon vegetables. Whereas a sauce aimed at professional couples might use italicised writing and promote the quality of the ingredients.

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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