Lesson 1: Rocket materials

Children learn about different types of digital content before identifying the different parts of a rocket and making a digital list of materials they would need to build their own

Learning objective

  • To recognise that digital content can be represented in many forms

National curriculum

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Might prefer to use a drawing program, such as ‘Sketchpad’; however, it’s good to try and get each item in the list written out as this builds the necessary skills for creating tables and spreadsheets.


Pupils working at greater depth: Could be encouraged to use a spreadsheet (e.g. Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets). Could use the internet to research the variety of methods to make the rockets move (e.g. using balloons, water pressure, blowing through a straw).

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Richard Williams,  
Computing specialist
Richard is a Year 6 Teacher at St. Pancras Primary School. Richard’s passion for teaching was recognised when he received Suffolk’s ‘Raising The Bar’ award for Innovation 2016. With his class he made the world’s first guided VR:360 school tour…
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