Amy Johnson's Solo Flight to Australia!
On the morning of 5th May 1930, a small green Gipsy Moth aeroplane took off from Croydon Airport on what was to be a record breaking and thrilling solo flight to Australia. This flight captured the imagination of the world and made an international superstar of its pilot, Amy Johnson.
Thank you to This is Croydon who as part of London Borough of Culture have funded the delivery of four school workshop days in the new year in partnership with Historic Croydon Airport Trust! That's 360 children learning about Amy Johnson!
Amy Johnson Workshop Day
For Early Years and Key stages 1 and 2. Taking bookings for autumn 2023 and the new year. Teacher's Info Pack available on request.
This workshop experience is ideal for children in Ks1 and 2 introduces the pioneering pilot, Amy Johnson, and her amazing adventures in aviation. Children can find out about the challenges Amy faced as she planned and then undertook her incredible solo flight to Australia in May1930.
With Amy Johnson as our inspiration and significant person, children will explore the wonders of modern flight, stories of endurance and technological advancement in aviation and how a love of flying inspired this young woman to fly solo half way around the world.
Structure of the day
In a whole group engineer's meeting in the hall I introduce Amy Johnson and her amazing adventures in aviation which included flying with her beloved plane, Jason.
We explore the principles of flight and children find out what they will be doing that day.
Children split into three groups and visit three activities on a carousel basis before coming together at the end of the day in the hall to share what they've created and to experience an interactive story about Amy's flight to Australia.
5th May, anniversary of Amy taking off on her pioneering solo flight to Australia.
24th May, anniversary of Amy's arrival in Darwin
1st July 1903, Amy's birthday
1939 the WAAF is established
5th January 1941, Amy's death
National Curriculum links:
Places of historic interest
Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
Women in Engineering
Application of DT, art, numeracy, literacy, team work, decision making, fact finding, drama and role play.
Access to classrooms for a day, use of school hall first and last thing. The hall is completely free for lunches.
A potential display space for the planes children make. Alternatively they can take them home!
Request your workshop pack here.
FREE WORKSHOPS IN ASSOCIATION WITH HISTORIC CROYDON AIRPORT TRUST!
A limited number of my Amy Johnson Workshop Days are visiting schools in Croydon free of charge in the new year.
These particular workshop days will feature more information on Croydon Airport, at one time London's main airport and in 1930 the starting point for Amy as she began her solo flight to Australia. Situated in South Croydon, Croydon Airport is of great historic interest as the birth place of Air Traffic Control and the host of many record breaking pilots as they attempted various records.
These workshops are available at no charge thanks to London Borough of Culture funding for Croydon.
JASON FLIES AGAIN!
This is an online adventure inviting children across the world to build a model of Amy's plane Jason and recreate the flight from England to Australia. Lots of details on the project and how to take part HERE.
'Make Your Own Jason the Gipsy Moth'.
Create your very own model of Jason, the wonderful plane that carried Amy all the way to Australia.
The kit can be ordered from me as a pdf. Kits are £5 for every plane likely to be made off the back of your order plus a 50p admin charge if paying by PayPal.
Please contact me to order your pack. All you need to do is print it out and follow the instructions in the tutorial.
Kits are suitable for children aged 8yrs and up or for younger children with help from an adult. Some adult supervision required.
It's a great project for children to work on with parents and carers for fun and especially as a home learning activity.
Amy Johnson: Last Flight Out
Written and performed by Jenny Lockyer
Directed by Vern Griffiths
A one woman show inspired by the life and legacy of Amy Johnson.
Suitable for ages 12+
Hour and ten minutes, no interval
Perfect to experience with an after show talk or workshop.
Some brilliant online resources:
A fascinating website which celebrates Amy's legacy. Amy Johnson and aviation enthusiast Jane Priston worked to raise funds to commission a bronze statue of Amy for the front at Herne Bay in Kent where Amy lost her life in 1941. As well as the beautiful statue which is now a focal point of the town, Jane is working to locate the wreckage of Amy's plane. Her work has raised awareness across the country of Amy's story.
An organisation set up to celebrate Amy's life and legacy in her home town.
This beautiful Grade 2 listed Art Deco building is the home of modern aviation. As well as Amy Johnson taking off on her flight to Australia from here, this airport has seen many record breaking flights and aviation firsts. There are visitor days and tours led by knowledgeable volunteers every first Sunday of the month. Go!
The Women's Engineering Society support and inspire women to achieve as engineers, scientists and leaders. Amy was president of the Women's Engineering Society from 1935-1937. WES holds many of Amy's letters in their archive and have a whole suite dedicated to her at the Institute of Engineering and Technology on the banks of the River Thames.
The Science Museum is home to Amy's plane, Jason. He lives in their flight gallery and you are welcome to visit him there.
All workshop designs © Jenny Lockyer 2019.
If you would like to collaborate with Jenny to deliver these
workshops please get in touch.