An original one woman show inspired by the life and legacy of record breaking pilot, Amy Johnson
Suitable for mainstream KS1, KS2 and special schools.
Hosted by Jason the Gipsy Moth aeroplane, the workshops introduces Amy Johnson and her amazing adventures in aviation. Children can find out about the basics of flight as well as the challenges Amy faced as she planned and then undertook her incredible solo flight to Australia.
This experience is available as a one or two day event. With a longer event more is included about the history of modern aviation and the golden age of flight in the 20's and 30's.
These workshops are are designed for KS1 and KS2 children to participate in and enjoy in various different ways from drama and role play to construction, to fact-finding and discussion.
All skill levels are welcome and workshops are pitched to suit different abilities.
In mainstream schools the workshops cater for one year group split into three classes. The plan can be altered for different numbers of children. Please get in touch for a tailored package.
With the pioneering pilot, Amy Johnson, as our inspiration and significant person, children can explore the wonders of modern flight, stories of endurance and technological advancement in aviation and how a love of flying inspired one young woman to fly solo half way around the world.
Workshops are designed and led by Jenny Lockyer and will benefit from the support of school teaching and LSA staff. Children will take on the roles of engineers and pilots. As 'Jason' Amy's gipsy moth aeroplane, Jenny will lead activities but also fly to other classrooms and keep everyone on course with the other activities.
Jason's two passions are flying and his closest friend, Amy Johnson. This is Jason's starting point as he narrates the events and talks with children throughout the day about their work and the progress they are making.
Three classrooms will be the base for the different activities and after a morning assembly in the main hall children will access them on a carousel basis. Each day will finish with everyone coming together in the hall to showcase work / prep for the next day. Workshops are designed to encourage the children to ask questions, apply what they already know and what they will learn, to support each other and to have fun. Staff are welcome to bring their own characters to the workshops if they wish!
These prices are for schools within 10miles of London SE20. They include all planning, delivery and materials. School to provide glue sticks, scissors, drawing and colouring pencils.
30 children £350
60 children £400
90 children £450
30 children £550
60 children £600
90 children £650
If you would like me to collate and display the work produced add £200.
If a booking is made in collaboration with other schools, the price can go down per school.
Please contact Jenny for details:
National Curriculum links and relevant events
May 2020 is the 90th anniversary of Amy's pioneering solo flight to Australia.
International Women's Day (6th March 2020)
National Curriculum links:
Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
Women in Engineering
Application of DT, art, numeracy, literacy, team work, decision making, fact finding, drama and role play.
Two day visit
DAY ONE: Morning engineer meeting (Assembly in the hall) with the whole year group.
Children meet Jason the Gipsy Moth and find out about his love of flying and his best friend Amy Johnson.
He introduces Amy and her achievements in aviation and engineering and shows the route Amy took to Australia. He explains how planes work using the terms: propeller, wings, tail, thrust, lift. He explains that the children are all going to make a 'Jason' Gipsy Moth plane, plot Amy's flight to Australia on their own world maps and fact-find about Amy in a treasure hunt fact finding challenge.
Classroom 1: Making Planes
We create 'Jason' bi-planes and look at the challenges Amy faced flying one of them to Australia
Classroom 2/ Library : Fact Finding Treasure Hunt
An active and busy treasure hunt for facts and photos about Amy and the history of aviation to add to a fact file provided.
Classroom 3: Route Plotting
Creating world maps and plotting Amy's route to Australia.
Afternoon Engineer Meeting (in the hall) for us all to come together with the work produced. Jason includes the children and their Jason planes in a short story inspired by Amy's flight to Australia. At the end of the story Jason reveals a special invitation to take part in the 1930 Croydon Air Race! This will take place the next day in the school hall AKA Croydon Airport; the busiest and most important London airport in the 20's and 30's. It is from here that Amy Johnson took off on her famous flight to Australia 90 years ago!
DAY TWO: Morning engineer meeting (Assembly in hall) with the whole year group.
Jason congratulates them on all the achievements of yesterday and focuses attention upon the Croydon Air Race.
Jason explains the huge excitement around planes and flying in the early part of the 20th century and introduces various record breaking pilots and avid fliers of the day. Three pilot names will become the name of each 'Team' in the Air Race. Jason explains that they'll need to work together in their groups to put together their team planes. He demonstrates one of the planes they will be making. These will then fly in the air race taking place later that day at Croydon Airport (The school hall). To take part we will be going to travel back in time to 1930 and a world of Flying Aces!
Class Room 1, Class room 2, Classroom 3 :
Team planes and paper planes.
The making of our team planes will include elements of numeracy and literacy as we work out how many times we'll need to circle the airfield to complete ten miles and as each team fills out the competition entry form. Construction of the team planes will require team work as will flying in the competition.
As well as creating our team planes, children will complete their own plane designs to include the terms: propeller, wings, tail, thrust, lift.
We'll explore lift and thrust and aerodynamics through creating a range of basic paper aeroplanes and test flying them to see which designs fly further and fastest.
School Hall : The Air Race!
It's competition time and many challenges await the teams. Teams will take turns to complete various flying challenges while battling with adverse weather, plane maintenance and some possible foul play from jealous competitors. This is a session full of role play and turn taking as children do their best in the challenges set.
At the end of the competition scores are totted up and the winners receive a team cup. All teams are awarded for taking part
At the end of the two days children will have:
made at least two aeroplanes
collated a fact file about record breaking pilots, including Amy Johnson
designed their own plane using relevant terms
joined in with group role play activities
One day visit
Morning Engineer meeting: (assembly in school hall) with whole year group. Children meet Jason the Gipsy Moth and find out about his love of flying and his best friend Amy Johnson.
He talks about Amy and her achievements in aviation and engineering and shows the route Amy took to Australia. Jason explains that the children are all going to make a 'Jason' Gipsy Moth plane, plot Amy's flight to Australia on their own world maps and hunt for facts about Amy in a treasure hunt and then they will fly Amy's route at the end of the day!
Classroom 1: Making planes.
Children will make a 'Jason' aeroplane.
Classroom 2 / Library: Fact finding Treasure Hunt
Children will search for and collect information on Amy and flying for their given fact files. It is an active session with children on their feet and using initiative.
Classroom 3: Route Plotting.
Imagining themselves as pilots, children will create world maps and plot Amy's route to Australia. They will add information about certain dangerous parts of the route and likely weather. They can add collected photos to this map depicting Amy at various points along the way.
Flight to Australia!
We all come together with the children's planes and work produced. Jason includes the children and their planes in an interactive story of Amy on her way to Australia.