Rocket launch investigation

A fun investigation for year 5 and P6, linking to the topic properties and changes of materials and properties and uses of substances, which uses vitamin tablets and water as the fuel to make a rocket launch. Pupils will plan a fair test and record what happens.

This downloadable pack includes:

  • A differentiated lesson plan which includes a scientific explanation.
  • A PowerPoint presentation explaining how a rocket launches, as well as a quick teacher-led experiment.
  • A printable group planning sheet.
  • A rocket template to print.
  • Three printable texts to use for guided reading, including an interview with astronaut Tim Peake.

Simple to resource! The items you will need:

  • Tall, sturdy glass
  • Tube of effervescent (fizzy) Vitamin tablets
Year 5
Properties and changes of materials
Rocket launch investigation

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