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Y5 parachute challenge 27.3.20

Hello Year 5

Hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine. Here’s an activity you can do inside and enjoy outside!

I’ve posted a new video on how to make a parachute.

Here is the link -

You will need:

  • A bin bag (a carrier bag will also work)
  • 8 bits of string
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Stone, weight, maybe a toy man (not a guinea pig!)

You will find the whole process much easier if you watch the video.

  1. Take your bin bag and cut down both sides and the bottom of the bag to create 2 chutes.
  2. Take the top corner of the chute and fold it diagonally so the top of the chute and side of the chute are together (see video).
  3. Cut the bit off at the bottom and open it up to make a square.
  4. Fold the chute left to right and top to bottom and cut the corner with all loose ends (see video) – open your chute out it should be an octagon.
  5. Take your 8 bits of string and put a knot in each one.
  6. Stick the knotted end to the chute with tape (the knot gives it more bite and it will not come loose). Make sure the tape does go over the edge of the chute.
  7. Put your finger in the middle of the chute and pick it up so all the strings dangle down (it should look like a jellyfish).
  8. Gather all the strings together and knot them all in one knot.
  9. Attach a weight to the bottom of the stone and tape it on - you need to use quite a lot of tape for this part.
  10. Take it outside place the stone over the chute and throw it – carefully!
  11. Make sure you unknot the string before throwing it again.

If you can record what you did in your books and if you did it with different sized bags, how did they compare? Write about it in your home school book.

I hope you are getting on with the other tasks as well, let us know if you are struggling with anything.

If you have time, there are several other tasks that you can do, such as:

  • Keep a daily diary.
  • Write a book review for every book you finish.
  • Learn your times tables so you can recall every multiplication and division fact up to 12x12 immediately – games such as multiple madness on mathszone will help you with this.
  • Write a poem or a story on any subject you choose.

Basically – whatever you do, if you send it to us or put it in your book, we will look at it.

Best wishes

Mr Smith, Mrs Aldwinckle and Mrs. Owen