Local study: The History of Aviation on the Isle of Wight

Learn about the history of aviation on the Isle of Wight. The workshop will include a tour of the museum – which will highlight the beginnings of aviation on the island, major island companies and their contribution to aviation, an introduction the first man to land an aeroplane on the island, and a look at a heroine of the island in WW2 – Mary Ellis. An introduction into the materials used to make planes and why they use those materials will lead to a practical investigation using paper planes, working in pairs or small groups, learning about various forces involved in flying. They will be able to take their paper planes back to school.


About the Wight Aviation Museum

Wight Aviation Museum (WAM) is a charitable trust located in a hangar at Sandown airport.  Its purpose is to advance the education of the public and schoolchildren in the history of aviation and its related components through the provision of educational activities both in the museum and in schools, with a focus on the Isle of Wight. The activities are designed by the museum’s education team, that between them have 35 years’ experience in teaching. Each workshop can be tailored to suit the visiting school’s needs. Displays include information about The Black Arrow rocket, The Princess Flying Boat, The Skeeter Helicopter, the Islander, CC7 hovercraft, and the Spitfire.


Key information

Level: Key stage 1 and 2

Open for Schools: year round by prior arrangement.

Pupil numbers: 32 (max)

Cost: £2/pupil


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Activity Type

Facilitator Led


Wight Aviation Museum

Key stage

Key stage 1, Key stage 2


Innovation, Local Study, WWI & WWII