Exciting new Teachers’ Pack education resources for aviation.

TAKE FLIGHT education resources are now available via the Schools & Education Link on the Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL) website at http://www.aviationheritagelincolnshire.com

TAKE FLIGHT is designed to highlight Lincolnshire’s aviation heritage to young people across the county and throughout the UK; encouraging school visits to the county’s venues and providing direct access to a host of new educational resources. The TAKE FLIGHT education package is believed to be the largest ever single release of aviation based education activities and resources to the UK’s education sector; covering nine venues in the unique AHL partnership.

The main themes for TAKE FLIGHT are: Science of Aviation; The Home Front and Bomber Command. Each venue has bespoke resources for use with young people at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3; plus extensive Teacher’s Notes and details about how to plan a visit to the venue. As an added bonus each venue has Loans Boxes and Object Handling activities designed to support and enhance any educational visit, which are available for free utilisation if booked in advance.

AHL is funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) award of £436,000 and AHL’s remit is to work with various venues to raise the profile of aviation heritage in the county, and promote aviation within schools and colleges. TAKE FLIGHT focuses on Science, History, English, Art & Design and ICT; and features embedded literacy and numeracy activities.

“We are really excited to have launched the TAKE FLIGHT education resource section of the Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire website at the start of the 2011 autumn term,” commented Dave Harrigan AHL’s Outreach and Learning Officer, he continued. “A lot of hard work, in-depth research and planning has gone into the project and we are convinced that TAKE FLIGHT will open up Lincolnshire’s aviation heritage to young people across both the county and around Great Britain.”He concluded, “There are many different sections for teachers and young people to explore and we hope that everyone will take the opportunity to look through the site and see how inspirational aviation can be as an education topic!”

Sue Fitzsimmons, Head of Access & Learning Development at the Royal Air Force Museum also made the following observation, “Take Flight is an extremely comprehensive package of resources showing the wide variety of learning opportunities available in Lincolnshire’s Aviation Museums.”

By Dave Harrigan MBE

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