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Healthy Lunchboxes - Food and Design Choices

During the Healthy Lunchboxes project, Year 4 pupils showed their independence both in the food choices they made and in the cooking and food preparation skills that they used. In addition, children demonstatred their independence in the design choices they made in creating personalised labelling for their finished pasta salads, which certainly met the design brief of being aesthetically appealing and providing nutritional information to consumers.


'Adding mozzarella to my pasta was my own idea but I'd never held it or tried to cut it up before. I was really slippy so knew I had to use the craw-grip to keep my fingers away from the knife when I held the cheese still. I think I did it really well! I'm proud of myself!' - Lexie R


'I wanted to include the Italian flag on my labelling because pasta is Italian and I also used the colours of 'traffic light' system to show people that my pasta salad was healthy. I really happy with my final design' - Ella G

Making independent food choices
Creating independent labelling designs

Fantasy Torches

After learning about how torches work and investigating existing products, it was time for children to plan and create their own, torch designs. To do this, children created annoted drawings to show what their finished products would look like, the components they would use and how they would work.

During the making stage of the project, children also used a range of tools and materials to assemble and test out their prototype torches; making improvements to their products to ensure they worked properly. This involved checking that all the electical components were connected correctly so that their electric circuits were complete.


'I had never made anything like this before. The most difficult bit was using the screwdriver to attach the wires to the bulb holder but I did it myself. I was so amazed when I tested my torch and the bulb lit up!' - Phoebe H


'My torch didn't work the first time I tested it so I had check to make sure that I had connected all the wires and components together properly.' - Ethan R

Making and testing prototypes
Making independent design choices