Smoky Homes

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

The project provides a real-life context for pupils to explore the health and environmental problems faced by the 3 billion people globally who cook on open fires or traditional cook stoves. 

It can be used to deliver parts of the UK's Science and Design and Technology curriculum or an enrichment day.

The 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.

All the teaching and learning materials needed to run the project are free to download below.

Teacher's 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 (all)

A single document with all the pupils activity sheets.

Smoke Hoods save lives

Smoky Homes photographs

There is a set of photographs on FlickR to support the pupils with their project research. 


Stop the Killer in the kitchen

Find out more about Practical Action's international work to improve the lives of people affected by indoor air pollution.

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