Year 5 Forces: How does the surface area of a parachute affect the time taken to fall to the ground?

Year 5 Forces: How does the surface area of a parachute affect the time taken to fall to the ground?

WOW Lesson

Dive into the captivating world of air resistance with this engaging lesson expertly crafted by Angharad Pass. In this exciting exploration, your pupils will embark on a mission to investigate whether the surface area of a parachute impacts the time it takes to fall. The pupils will be introduced to a real-world context of testing parachutes, before conducting their own fair tests, where they will have the opportunity to develop a range of scientific skills such as taking measurements, using a range of equipment and taking repeat readings.

Key Stage 2

Year 5

  • Science
  • Forces
  • identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
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