Have humans conquered the air?
People: James Sadler
Places: Christchurch Meadow Oxford
Problem: Funding his passion for hot-air ballooning and belief in human flight
Possibilities: Resilience and perseverance/belief in a new idea
The project starts with the introduction of the Ancient Greek story of Icarus and his father, imprisoned in a high tower. They both suggest ways of escaping their tower prison and children are invited to make suitable suggestions. The children find out about making wings to fly and links are made with the first flying machines. The Montgolfier brothers are introduced through a picture book that retells the story of how the first hot-air balloon was designed, trialled and successfully flew. Local links are made through the details of James Sadler’s flight from Christ Church Meadows, Oxford.
Moving on, the children learn about the Wright brothers who invented the first aeroplane and the subsequent aeronauts such as Amelia Earhart.
Trips out/Visitors In
Christ Church Meadows to see the site of the take-off of the first hot-air balloon in England.
Children will design and create their own flying machines to share with parents. Posters and invitations will be sent out and displayed.
Self-Portraits produced over several drafts. Very impressive Year 2!