Hot air balloon makes appearance at Gloucestershire junior school

A hot air balloon piqued interest when it was seen ascending and descending over a residential area near Gloucester. Some even speculated on social media that it may have made an impromptu landing in the town of Quedgeley.

In reality, the hot air balloon was taking part in an event at Field Court Junior School as part of a four-year project, named The Sky’s the Limit?, that seeks to educate children about the various forms of flight.

The balloon had been tethered to the ground in the school’s field, where it carried groups of students up to a height of a few meters. Kelly Armstrong, the school’s head teacher, said the balloon must have taken off and landed two dozen or more times.

Speaking to GloucestershireLive, year four teacher and senior leader, Nick Beasant said:

“This is part of our immersion experiences which we do every term when we launch a new theme so that the children can really engage with what we will be learning about. We do try to think big, but this was a particularly special event.”

He added that the children enjoyed the event and that the balloon’s pilot, Nigel Appleton, had even allowed the teachers to take a turn at the end.

Appleton had arrived early to set up and found the weather conditions to be perfect. While the children clearly loved the experience, in keeping with the project’s aims, he also gave them some important details about flight in the process.

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