You need maths to fly an aeroplane

Add to My Folder

This content has not been rated yet. (Write a review)

By Frances GrangerKS2 tutor

Surprise children by linking numeracy to the exciting prospect of flying their own plane

Aeroplane

‘Good pilots can always work out calculations in their head. You can’t rely totally on computers,’ points out Ed Blundell, a recently trained pilot.

‘If you’re gliding at 30,000 feet, and the aircraft will travel three nautical miles for every 1000 feet it descends, you make a quick calculation to ensure you land in the correct place. You can’t make the runway longer – it’s vital to know where to start your descent. Calculators can be used when you’re planning a route, but not when you’re in the air! Estimating the distance, speed and time needed is an essential skill.’

Member-only content

Scholastic Resource Bank: Primary - join today!

  • Over 6,000 primary activities, lesson ideas and resources
  • Perfect for anyone working with children from 5 to 11 years old
  • Unlimited access from just £1.25 per month
Join now

Reviews