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Barnoldswick pupils take off to Manchester Airport

Pupil pilots: Barnoldswick Coates Lane Primary School children Ashlie Ledger (left, aged 5) and Taylor Edwards (right, aged 5) in the cockpit of a plane at Manchester Airport Education Centre.

Pupil pilots: Barnoldswick Coates Lane Primary School children Ashlie Ledger (left, aged 5) and Taylor Edwards (right, aged 5) in the cockpit of a plane at Manchester Airport Education Centre.

 

Barnoldswick primary school pupils have paid a flying visit to Manchester Airport as part of a topic on Australia.

Thirty Reception class children took off from Coates Lane school after learning all about life Down Under.

The group experienced a day at the airport to see how people travel the 24 hour journey to the Southern Hemisphere.

On the day, all the children had the chance to dress up and role-play as Air Traffic Control, Cabin Crew or Flight Crew and sit in the flight deck of a former Monarch DC10 aeroplane to enjoy a captain’s view from the cockpit controls.

As well as that, children got a close up view of Concorde, watched aeroplanes take off and land on the runways and learned that the sky is the limit in a world of job opportunities at an airport.

Teacher Nicola Boon said: “We are doing a theme on Australia, and because we can’t actually go, we thought it would be good to go to an airport.

“It was a great day out. Everybody loved it and it’s really caught the children’s imagination. They were amazed by it.

“Some had never been to an airport or on a plane before and the children didn’t think about all the other jobs you can do at an airport other than flying planes.”

 

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