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Air Engineers welcome Grange Infant School

4 February 2019
Children from Grange Infant School were given an extra special treat recently as they visited HMS Sultan.

A group of 90 children from year one spent the morning learning about helicopters within the Royal Naval Air Engineering & Survival Equipment School (RNAESS) as part of their topic for the term ‘are we there yet’?

Under the guidance of Air Engineers, the children had the opportunity to enjoy an interactive tour of Stephenson Hangar, learning about helicopters and Survival Equipment within the Royal Navy. In addition, the visit gave the children the opportunity to try items of kit on for themselves and to climb aboard many different airframes.

I think the children were quite overawed coming into the hangar, it’s probably the quietest that I’ve seen them. The sheer size and scale is something they haven’t experienced.

Jacqui Simpson, Year one Leader, Grange Infant School

Under the topic ‘are we there yet?’ the children have spent time in the classroom, learning about the different aspects involved with transport, including its many different modes, how it continues to evolve and how geography and map reading contribute towards a journey.

Jacqui Simpson, Year one Leader, Grange Infant School said: “I think the children were quite overawed coming into the hangar, it’s probably the quietest that I’ve seen them. The sheer size and scale is something they haven’t experienced.”

“In the past we’ve done a transport trip on a train, a car, ferry and bus, but they can go on one of these anytime. To see and to sit within a helicopter is a once in a lifetime experience and it’s helped even the quietest of our children to find their voice, which is wonderful.”

“When we go back to school, we will be writing a report and recount of what they did and what they saw and learnt, with the children writing back to the Establishment to say thank you.”

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