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Flight Fantastic

Location: Museum of Making

Duration: 90 mins

Key Stage 2 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) Learning

Learners discover the wonders of flight, in this exciting, engaging and hands-on session. Inspired by the fascinating story of Alcock & Brown – the first pioneers to successfully fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean in 1919 – learners explore how and why flight is possible, before taking on their own trans-Atlantic mission. 

Knowledge and understanding is developed through exploration of aero-engines in the Museum of Making collection, and through a series of interactive activities demonstrating how weight, shape and forces all contribute to flight. Appreciation for the global impacts of local industry is fostered, recognising the key role of  pre-eminent engineering company Rolls-Royce in the development of flight. Key STEAM skills including critical thinking, creativity and making are also developed through a competitive paper plane making challenge. 

National Curriculum Links Include:

  • History – e.g. ‘Pupils should be taught about an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066, for example a significant turning point in British history [i.e. history of flight]’
  • Geography – e.g. ‘Pupils should locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe and North America’
  • Science – e.g. ‘Pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes’
  • Design & Technology – e.g. ‘Pupils should understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world […and…] model and communicate their ideas through prototypes’
  • Citizenship – e.g. ‘Pupils should be taught to think about the lives of people living in other places and times, and people with different values and customs’