Commemorating Events Beyond Living Memory

Block D - The First Aeroplane Flight

Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally: events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries. Choose from our series of lively and creative blocks: find out about key commemorative days such as Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving Day, the first aeroplane flight, Shakespeare’s birthday, the Monarch’s official birthday, important National Days and Commonwealth Day.

Learn about the Wright brothers and the story of their historic first aeroplane flight on December 17th 1903; find out about the history of flight and begin to understand how aeroplanes fly; consolidate your learning by using music and role play to recreate the events of that auspicious day.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: How did people try to fly?

Watch footage of man’s early flight attempts and think about the time before aeroplanes were invented. Watch the BBC clip ‘Story of Icarus’ and act out the story creating your own character dialogue.

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02: Who invented the aeroplane?

Sing the song ‘Flying Machines’. Read through information and learn about the Wright brothers and the events of December 17th1903. Create an airstrip in the classroom and re-enact that special day.

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03: Events in flight history with Orville Wright

Complete a challenge and then meet Orville Wright. Listen to Orville’s version of events as he talks through a PowerPoint presentation.

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04: How aeroplanes work

Sally has a question: How can a huge aeroplane full of passengers fly in the sky? Read Planes by Fiona Patchett and begin to understand how planes can actually fly.

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05: Sharing our achievements

Consolidate the learning throughout this block by hosting a celebration. Recreate the events of December 17th 1903 through roleplay and perform the song ‘Flying Machine’.