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The Glider Challenge @ National Museum of Flight

The Glider Challenge at the National Museum of Flight

Session aimed at P6/7 – S1/2

Starting 1.30pm Tuesday 15th December 2009

Meet in the National Sciences Glow Group

Joint Sciences/Technologies Event

Adam Love-Rodgers


On December 17th 1903 the Wright Brothers achieved the first powered, controlled, heavier than air aeroplane flight, it took about 12 seconds and flew less than 40 meters. To celebrate the event the National Museum of Flight is working with Learning Teaching Scotland to create a Glow Meet setting your pupils a challenge similar to that faced by the Wright Brothers.

The Challenge

To build a glider that will carry 50grams of modelling clay to fly as far as possible.

The glider must be able to fit through a hole 300mm by 300mm.

The glider must not weigh more than 250grams including the modelling clay.

The meet will begin at 1.30pm with a member of the National Museum of Flight giving a short presentation explaining a bit about the museum of flight and what it offers and explaining the four forces of flight. The challenge will then begin and classes will have just over an hour to make their gliders (some classes may choose to keep working on the testing and adjusting process the next day. The class live at the meet will make their gliders and test them at the museum. Finally there will be a summing up session. During the meet classes will be able to post comments and questions and the discussion board will remain open till the end of the school term. Instructions about the challenge, equipment and risk assessment are available for teachers to download prior to the event.

from Wendy French
Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland

Do you know about the Development & Progression documents?

Lots of teachers seem to be discussing the lack of guidance in the Curriculum for Excellence folder regarding development and progression. Are you aware that there are a number of documents available on this for Mathematics, Literacy & English and the Sciences? Unfortunately, these did not make it into the big folder, but they are available on the LTS website. You can download each of them directly below:


Literacy & English


You can also access these, and many other documents, through our documents page.

S1 CfE Science at Ross High School

Although Ross High‘s Science faculty have been planning for Curriculum for Excellence for some time, they have had to begin a rethink recently. Until now, S1 Science lessons at Ross High have been separated into Biology, Chemistry and Physics. From next year, S1 Science at Ross High will be integrated into one course. The teachers are therefore taking this opportunity to plan accordingly.

The presenation above summarises their initial ideas. They’re planning three broad themes for S1, each containing elements of all three sciences. Each theme will also contain a project to focus the learning and develop pupils’ skills.

The Science teachers at Ross will now be taking these plans forward in departments and as a faculty. They are interested to hear what other Science faculties are doing? Are you planning something similar, or radically different? They would really like to share ideas. One issue which is of particular concern is how much guidance to provide for teachers. How do you balance the need to support teachers to deliver the course (particularly when it is not their own subject specialism) against the concern of being over-prescriptive?

If you have any ideas you’d like to share you can comment below or email me and I’ll pass them on.

ASE Primary CfE Meeting

The ASE are running a series of meetings for Primary teachers entitled: “Relevant, Inspiring, Engaging”. The days will include workshops from experienced teachers and CPD providers and an exhibition of resources to support primary teaching.

The closest one for East Lothian teachers will be in Lauder on Saturday 31st October and costs £20 or £12 for ASE members/students/probationers.

If you’re interested you can download the forms below: