BAKEWELL: St Anselm’s pupils study flying feats

St Anselm’s Preparatory School celebrated a “Week of Flight”. The inspiration was delivered in assembly where the children learned about an old Anselmian who is thought to be the first pilot to ever fly at night. He flew over the Mexican desert on the January 18, 1913. This really caught the interest of the pupils and the teachers who introduced a variety of exciting lessons and extra-curricular activities all linked to flight.

In the Prep School the junior forms used their maths lessons to measure and create a variety of paper aeroplanes. Science lessons were linked to air resistance and involved making different sized paper helicopters and parachutes then timing how long it took for each to fall to the ground. History lessons found the children researching either Amy Johnson or the Wright Brothers and in English the pupils created some factual bird booklets and wrote poems inspired by Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “The Eagle” A giant peacock was created in art lessons. The junior Latin classes enjoyed two flight related stories and the senior French classes expanded their “flight” vocabulary and found out about the Montgolfier brothers who invented the hot air balloon. In ICT the pupils explored the flight simulator on Google Maps and then used their geographical skills to identify which countries they had flown over.

The younger children in Pre-Prep followed a recipe to create bird cakes and took part in the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch where a wide variety of garden birds were spotted. The week of flight fitted in perfectly with Reception’s topic about people who help us, so they focused on police and rescue helicopters. The fun really began when the children had to make their very own papier mache helicopters! The Year 2 pupils plotted the history of flight on a timeline and compared early aeroplanes with modern day aircraft.

The exciting week concluded with the youngest pupil from each form releasing a helium balloon into the sky. They were watched eagerly as their form’s balloon travelled in a north-westerly direction and soon disappeared from view. Little did they realise that they would soon receive replies from as far away as South Lincolnshire and Zwolle in the Netherlands.

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