PSHE KS1 / KS2: Proud to be a pilot

Schoolgirl Ayesha meets pilot Rob Billington at Brighton City Airport to learn about what it takes to become a pilot.

The importance of good maths, science and geography skills are included.

Rob explains the technology that helps him to navigate through the skies.

An animated timeline shows us the history of flight, from Da Vinci's flying machine designs in the 1400s onwards.

We focus on the story of the Wright Brothers who made the first flight in 1903, and the incredible progress in flight in the 20th Century, including space flight, is explained.

We also learn about the intrepid expedition of British aviator Amy Johnson and her 20-day flight to Australia in 1930 – a journey we can now do in a single day.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 1

Helps address the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods.

Two explorers are listed in the non-statutory examples provided – Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. The early aviators could be compared with these to extend the study – how flight made travel across the oceans so much easier and a shorter journey e.g. it took Amy Johnson 20 days to cover a distance that we can do in a day now.

Air flights led ultimately to the development of space travel. The image of the International Space Station can be linked to British astronaut Tim Peake's stay there in 2016.

They could produce a booklet in the style of a folded aeroplane on which to record the developments in the story of flight.

In Key Stage 1 Geography, pupils should be taught to name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans they could apply this knowledge to the study of flight and the locations in the film.

They could use maps and the four compass points to describe the location of different places. English – Rob the pilot uses a checklist in his job.

How and why are these useful? Can we write checklists for remembering what to do in certain circumstances or what to include when writing different genres?

Key Stage 2

The pilot talks about the way he draws on different subjects such as Geography and Maths.

Children could apply and develop their own geographical knowledge and mathematical understanding by tracking planes on flight tracker sites.

They can check the airport departure and arrival times, record and graph the speed and altitude data, calculate the travel times, arrival times etc., as if they were a pilot.

There is an option to access the 3D view from the cockpit of a selected plane so they can see the geography of the landscape and imagine they are the pilots.

They could use the eight compass points to describe the location of different cities around the UK and the world in line with National curriculum requirements.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History and Modern Studies (careers) at KS1 and KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 1st and 2nd Level in Scotland.