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Key Stage 1

Balsa Wood to Carbon Fibre Balsa Wood to Carbon Fibre

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Balsa Wood to Carbon Fibre

Discover how everyday materials are used in aviation.

This hands-on workshop allows pupils to discover a range of everyday materials that are used in aviation, such as wood for propellers, or leather for flying jackets. Pupils will need to bend, snap, scratch, stretch and squash materials to discover how the properties of a material make it suitable for its particular purpose. Pupils will receive an investigation booklet to record their results.

Curriculum Links:

  • Science: everyday materials
  • Design & Technology: Explore a range of existing products
Transport, from Past to Present Transport, from Past to Present

Transport, from Past to Present

Follow a discovery tour through the Museum to look at a range of transport methods.

This Museum based trail will allow pupils to discover the kites, balloons, Zeppelins, seaplanes, biplanes, jets and Concorde. It will allow pupils to see how man continually experiments with technology to get into the air and around the world.

Curriculum Links:

  • Design & Technology: how technology has changed through time
  • International Primary Curriculum: Transport Up and Away
Aircrew Artefacts and Equipment Aircrew Artefacts and Equipment

Aircrew Artefacts and Equipment

Discover what flying equipment can tell us about the development of flight.

This session uses uniforms from different decades of the 20th century to explain the history of flight from the pilot's point of view. Some children will be chosen to 'model' the uniforms.

Curriculum Links:

  • Design & Technology: to explore what characteristics and properties of the material or textile make it suitable for its purpose
  • PSHE: Develop empathy for life as part of the aircrew

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