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covering years 2 – 6
By prior agreement the activity can
occupy from 1 – 2 hours
the year group and the depth and extent of the detail required.
On 17th December 1903 Wilbur and Orville
Wright achieved the first powered, sustained and controlled flight.
Their aircraft flew 260 metres. Pupils
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.
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
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.
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