Pupils scale new heights at course

Back row Simra Amir, Anisah Wilson-Hussain, Luke Murray; front row Jessica Keeble-Burgess and Zoe Curtis with their planes.
Back row Simra Amir, Anisah Wilson-Hussain, Luke Murray; front row Jessica Keeble-Burgess and Zoe Curtis with their planes.
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Schoolchildren’s imaginations reached for the sky to learn the basics of flight and engineering during a special session at RAF Halton.

Year 6 pupils from Aylesbury’s St Louis Catholic Primary School spent the day making and flying aeroplanes.

The base’s Trenchard Museum hosted the event, which was organised by the British Model Flying Association, and it is hoped it will be the first of many.

The association wants to teach more children about flight and engineering and the inspirational surroundings of RAF Halton was the perfect setting for the course.

Manny Williams, who organised the day, said: “At the BMFA we have an educational programme as we are keen for children to do this kind of thing, making model aircraft and teaching the basics of flight.

“The helpers that came with me all have some sort of aeronautical or teaching background so were able to answer all the children’s questions.”

During the morning the children made aeroplanes out of paper, balsa wood, plastic, glue and elastic bands.

Once complete, they moved to the Coslett Stand where they flew the aircraft, with some managing to make them travel more than 100 yards.

Carmella Perkins, assistant head of Year 6, said: “It was a brilliant way of learning about flight, design technology, life skills and aspirations.

“The assistants that Manny brought along with him were all very knowledgeable about all things aeronautical and spent time talking to the children.

“I must say it has been one of the best days out I have ever had.”

Tom Greenwood, the museum’s assistant curator, said: “This is the first event we have done like this.

“Hopefully it will be the predecessor to a lot more covering all kinds of different projects.”