This lesson for students aged 7-11 is about a rocket launch and the team that it takes to send a rocket to space.
Step 1: The lesson starts as a short immersive experience
The classroom tone is set to provoke imaginative consideration of what it might be like to be an astronaut on the launch pad through role play, then hearing from real life astronauts about their experiences of launch.
Step 2: Developing awareness through picture & text matching
Pupils are introduced to the dangers of a launch by matching statements about some of the dangerous aspects of a rocket launch to images of familiar objects and how they might be affected by a rocket launch.
Step 3: The main section of the lesson involves an investigation in role as a safety engineer
Pupils investigate making changes to a simple toy pushchair to improve the safety of the passenger, similar to a rocket engineer thinking of the safety of astronauts during a rocket launch.
Step 4: Lesson plenary takes a fun activity using SPACE as an acronym
Pupils try to think of the roles involved in a space mission by making team badges.
Children will be able to work scientifically by:
Children will learn:
Download the teachers' guide for instructions on how to use these clips:
Helen Harman and Mike Barratt talking about a rocket launch:
Helen Sharman telling Kevin Fong about her launch seat and space suit:
Primary resources produced by the University of Manchester's Science & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub
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