Lessons prove uplifting for pupils

MHDE-09-09-11 BALLOONS SEP14 (4)'Balloon release, at the Abbey Junior School, Daventry.
MHDE-09-09-11 BALLOONS SEP14 (4)'Balloon release, at the Abbey Junior School, Daventry.

DOZENS of brightly coloured balloons were released from a Daventry school as part of pupils’ lessons.

Around 60 balloons were released by Year Three children at the Abbey Junior School on Friday, September 8.

Class teacher Jane Taylor said: “Our topic for this term is ‘Up, Up and Away’ which involves looking at the science and history of flight.

“That’s what gave us the idea in the first place.

“All the children from the two Year Three classes released a balloon with a tag on it with the details of the project and how to get in touch with the school.

“The idea is that we can trace where they land, plot them on a map and learn about wind, what makes the balloons float, and things like that.

“The farthest any of them have got is to Norfolk – we’ve had two reported being found there.

“We weren’t sure how far they’d go, or if anyone would ring up with the information.

“But we had those strong winds in the days just after we released them, which seem to have made the balloons go a long way in some cases.

“It’s really got the children interested in the topic and it’s something a bit different as well.”