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From Rocket To Bullet

Explore the science behind the railways with our explosive science show. See us launch our Barbie cannon!

Term time, Mondays to Fridays
10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.30, 15.30 & 16.30
35 minutes
Key Stage 2
Learning Platform

Explore the science behind the trains with our explosive show From Rocket To Bullet. Our scientific experiments show how Isaac Newton's three Laws of Motion apply to trains and demonstrate forces in action. See the power of steam as we launch our Barbie cannon!

Curriculum links - KS2


Forces and motion
2. Pupils should be taught:
Types of force
b. that objects are pulled downwards because of the gravitational attraction between them and the Earth
c. about friction, including air resistance, as a force that slows moving objects and may prevent objects from starting to move
d. that when objects [for example, a spring, a table] are pushed or pulled, an opposing pull or push can be felt
e. how to measure forces and identify the direction in which they act.

Breadth of study: Knowledge, skills and understanding
1. During the key stage, pupils should be taught the Knowledge, skills and understanding through:
a. a range of domestic and environmental contexts that are familiar and of interest to them
b. looking at the part science has played in the development of many useful things


Victorian Britain
11a. A study of the impact of significant individuals, events and changes in work and transport on the lives of men, women and children from different sections of society. Impact of changes to work and transport – rail.

Feedback from children

"I really liked the science show! The balloons were great! I especially liked shooting Ally and Baba into the air. I had an epic day."
"I really liked it when we were doing about the From Rocket to Bullet because it was very funny and I really like science."
"I absolutely loved the workshop especially when Barbie was shot out of the cannon."
"I really liked the science show when you fired Barbie out of a canon to show how steam power works, your show was really fun!"

Rocket and Bullet feedback

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