Lesson 2: Rocket design

Using online drawing software to design and label a rocket that will be made using mouse and keyboard skills learnt previously

Learning objective

  • To design a rocket

National curriculum

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from watching their peers create their designs first. Children with poor motor skills will require support with mouse control. You could consider using a touchscreen graphics editing program. Provide children with a pre-cut nose cone template and they should design just the steepness of the nose cone and the exact location of where it should attach.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to use a greater range of the tools within Sketchpad and could even use it to design an image which could be printed and stuck to the their rocket.

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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