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Activity content:

An activity covering years 2 – 6

By prior agreement the activity can occupy from 1 – 2 hours depending on the year group and the depth and extent of the detail required.

Wright Flyer

On 17th December 1903 Wilbur and Orville Wright achieved the first powered, sustained and controlled flight. Their aircraft flew 260 metres. Pupils can follow step by step instructions to make their own model.



The Australian aborigine used boomerangs for centuries. Although they were thrown cart wheeling across the ground to kill prey, smaller, lighter ones were used for sport and, with a little practice, they will return when thrown.



Here we use a selection of paper devices that use helicopter-type blades to slow their fall. Try a simple launching device to give them extra height to start their fall.


Loop Gliders

These loop gliders fly surprisingly well. The pupils make a glider with card and a straw. They then can vary the size of the loops and the length of the straw to achieve the perfect long flight.


Flying Kites

A simple carrier bag can make a brilliant kite that doesn't need much wind to fly. Pupils experiment with different designs once they have made the basic kite.