Over the past few weeks, Year 5 have been learning about the book Hidden Figures. As part of their work based on the class text, ‘Hidden Figures’, the children have been designing a rocket to help the UK land on the moon. They have designed their own rocket and their own spacesuit. Using these, they have written persuasive leaflets and PowerPoints to persuade Miss Mitchell to choose theirs over another group’s. This week they have also made models of their rockets and on Thursday afternoon, they blasted them into space!
Linking to our Rocket Project they learnt about the science behind how their rockets fly; the air pressure in the bottles. When setting the rockets off, the children had to add water to create pressure in the bottle. They then needed to ensure the bottle was air tight using a polystyrene ball. Using a ball pump, each group pumped air into the bottle and the pressure made the rockets fly. Year 5 found that the faster the children pumped, the higher the rocket flew.