Year 2 have been busy working scientifically to answer the following research question:

Will a small or a large parachute fall to the ground more slowly?

To answer the question, Year 2 designed and made their own parachute in their group of 4. They had to make sure it was going to be a fair test – which means only one thing can be changed – everything else must stay the same. In this case, we changed the size of the parachutes.

Once our parachutes were made, we tested them from the Year 6 balcony. We found out that larger parachutes fall to the ground slower than smaller parachutes!

Take a look at one group below!

Watch the YouTube video below to learn more about parachutes and how they work.

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What did you enjoy about the parachute experiment?

What did you learn from the experiment?


About Miss Ashley Azzopardi

My name is Ashley Azzopardi and I teach a Year 1 class in Sydney, Australia.
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10 Responses to Parachutes!

  1. R.K says:

    dear year two
    i really liked how the little parachute went fast and i like how the big parachute went slow.

  2. D.I says:

    Dear Year Two,

    I learnt that the big parachute came down second because it has a bigger area.
    If the parachute has a larger area, more air puses up the bigger area of the parachute and keeps it in the air for a longer time. Both the small and the big parachute slowed down the pulling force of gravity, but the bigger one slowed it down for a longer time.

    Kind Regards,


    • Dear D.I,

      You are right! The bigger parachute came down slower than the smaller parachute because more air was pushing up on the larger area and gravity pulled both of the parachutes down.

      Kind regards,
      Miss Azzopardi

  3. S.L says:

    Dear year two,

    I have learnt that the large parachute is the slowest parachute of the force.
    Also I have learnt that the smallest parachute went the fastest.

    Kind regards

  4. N.S says:

    Dear year two,
    I have learnt that the large parachute is the slowest because there’s more air.
    It was very fun!
    Kind regards

  5. S.L says:

    Dear year two,

    It was fun when we dropped those parachutes!Did you know I was extreme dizzy!


  6. D.K says:

    Dear year two,

    It was fun drooping the parachutes !!

    Kind regards D.K

  7. D.K says:

    Dear year two,

    Lernt that the bigger parachutes went down slower when we dropped them

    Kind regards D.K

  8. A.B says:

    Dear Year Two,
    I enjoyed making the parachute. I loved dropping the parachuts from the year 6 railing.It was a really fun day! I learnt how parachuts fly.I also learnt that the larger parachute was slower because it had more air.

    Kind Reguardes

  9. Raphael says:

    Dear year two fantastic experimenting with a little parachute and a big one. Hope everyone does more experimenting in the future.

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