Smoky Homes

Smoky Homes is an exciting NEW Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) project for primary aged pupils. 

Years: 5, 6

Duration: 240mins

Curriculum Objectives: 5

Subjects: D&T, Science

Resource Overview

This project offers opportunities for pupils to work in groups to:

  • Engage with a range of images and videos that introduce the context and people of Nepal 
  • Design and model their ideas for improved cook stoves and/or stove hoods.

Thank you to Practical Action for allowing us to share this resource.

Resource Assets


Teacher Notes

A guide to supporting teachers to deliver the Smoky Homes project.


What is the problem?

A photograph based starter activity that sets the scene for the project in Nepal.


What is important to the community?

A sheet which helps pupils to develop design criteria based on people's needs.



A short quiz for pupils to test their understanding of key facts



A presentation to support teachers work through the project.


Killer facts:True or false?

An activity for pupils to decide whether the statements are true or false.


Project Sheets

Project sheets for pupils to capture their research, design ideas and evaluation activities.


Pupil Sheets

A single document with all the pupils activity sheets.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • 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
  • Year 5 (Age 9-10)
    • Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.