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Planning task: Paper aeroplane design and test flight

Watch the course educator showing you how to make a paper aeroplane and text flight
To do the paper aeroplane activity, we need paper, tape measure, clipboard, pen and data sheet. Make your first model. We’ve given you a link to a useful website to help you with this. Mark your starting line. We’ve used tape, but you can use whatever you have to hand. Stand at the starting line and launch your plane. Measure the distance. Record the results and then test again for a total of three times. Repeat for the other plane designs.

Over the next three steps we’ll walk through how to complete a plan. We’ll use a simple paper aeroplane activity to demonstrate this process.

In this video, you can see that the practical activity involves making paper aeroplanes, testing how well they fly and recording data.

It would be very useful for you to actually do the activity. If you would like to, but haven’t perfected your paper aeroplane designs, the Fold ‘n’ Fly website can help you.


Consider this scenario. You’ve been asked to develop and deliver the paper aeroplane activity for a group of upper primary school children aged 10-11 years old.

Start your plan

Download the practical activity planning template. This is the same template you will use for your own activity as part of your ExpertTrack Portfolio.
Complete the activity plan part of the template with as much as you can with the available information. Think about the audience, format, activity summary and logistics. Do not include any personal information about your contacts.

Note: Do not complete the Session Plan (we’ll look at this in the next course) or the Focus of Feedback sections (we’ll look at that in the fourth course).

In the next step, we’ll look at how the activity may be tailored for both primary and secondary classroom.

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