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The sky’s the limit

Time to take-off to a local airfield, as we see flying machines in the fresh air and learn more about how they work.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Sticky tack
  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Map of the local area
  • Device to access the internet

Before you begin

Run the activity

  1. Plan your airfield visit. Do some research into local airfields to get an idea of what there is to see and whether it’s worth visiting.
  1. Select an airfield that’s suitable and then contact them. Talk with staff at the airfield about why you’re visiting, what you’d like to see and learn about, how to get there, what you should bring, and whether the site is accessible for everyone. Give them plenty of notice of your visit and agree on a date and time suitable for everyone involved.
  2. Arrange for consent from parents/carers for everyone to go and consult the information here about visiting airfields with your group.

 

  1. Explain to everyone that they’ll need to prepare some questions to ask and things to find out while they’re at the airfield. Here are some to get you started:

 

  1. Split into small groups and have each group think about a topic. Those working towards their Air Activities Staged Activity Badge should include security, safety, and air traffic control in their thinking. Everyone could also think about how aircraft are stored, cleaned and maintained, how pilots and their credentials are checked, and how aircraft controls are monitored and tested. Groups should come up with two or three ideas for questions or facts to check for their topic and note these down.
  2. Groups should pass their topic and ideas to the next group along, then think about the new topic they’ve just received. Add any new ideas to the topic and pass it along again. Continue until all of the groups have seen all of the topics.
  3. With sticky tack, stick up the topics for everyone to see. Discuss whether any changes need to be made to any questions, or whether questions fit a different topic better. With an adult leader’s support, review everyone’s work and come up with a list of questions everyone is happy with.
  1. Run your trip. Meet at the agreed upon time at the agreed upon place. At the airfield, split into small groups. Each will need writing materials and everything specified on the kit list you made earlier.
  2. Each group should have a selection of questions to ask or things to find out during the trip. Encourage everyone to scribble down the information they pick up as you’re shown around the airfield.
  3.  When your tour of the site has been completed, gather together somewhere appropriate for everyone to feed back what they’ve learned to the rest of the group.

Reflection

After the visit, possibly at the next session, take some time to share individual experiences from the airfield visit. Standing or sitting in two equal lines facing each other, set a timer for four minutes and answer a couple of the questions below, or come up with similar ones. When the four minutes is up, one of the lines moves one place to the right, so they‘re facing a new person and are ready for another four minutes to share their experiences. Repeat this several times so everyone has the chance to share with different people.

Here’s some questions to consider, but feel free to use your own:

  • What was your highlight from the visit?
  • How much did you learn from the visit?
  • What would you do differently if you visited another airfield?
  • What fun fact did you learn from the visit?

Safety

Adventure

This activity has specific rules and systems to make sure it’s managed safely. Visit the adventure page for more information.

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.

For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.

As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.