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Activity content:

Suitable for years 3 – 6 and takes approx. 1 – 1 ½ Hrs


Rocket launch image

Starting with a sheet of A4 paper, pupils design a personalised rocket fuselage. They then build the rocket with the aid of a length of plastic tube and glue. After discussing safety issues, the rocket can be launched by blowing into the tube.

The flight of the rocket is improved considerably by adding fins to the rocket tail. Pupils test their rocket’s accuracy by participating in a competition to hit a target.

The activity may be enhanced further by taking the rockets outside and using a stamp-bottle launcher. A well made rocket will travel 60-70 metres horizontally and 30-40 metres vertically


Product and service descriptions are useful when people are shopping, but you can also write some information that tells visitors more. Why is one product more popular than another? Why has a particular product become your best seller? Write details.


    'Rockets' - addresses QCA Units Sc1E, 2E 4E & 6E      



Design & Technology

  • Assemble and combine components
  • Design and make images and artefacts
  • Work in a team and follow a plan
  • Identify ways the product could be improved
  • Carry out appropriate tests before improvements
  • Recognise that the quality of a product depends on how well it is made and how well it meets its intended purpose


  • Pushes are an example of a force
  • Forces are needed to make things move
  • Objects are pulled downwards because of the gravitational attraction between them and the Earth
  • Air resistance is a frictional force that slows moving objects
  • Air pressure can produce forces