… it’s a HOT AIR BALLOON!
Hello Magnificent Marmalade Minions!
I hope you are all enjoying our Fabulous Flight topic! I have seen some amazing rockets, moons and facts about Neil Armstrong. Well done Minions!
We’ll be looking at something colourful and interesting this week. Yes, you guessed right… HOT AIR BALLOONS!
Hot air balloons are one of the oldest flying machines- they existed way before aeroplanes! The use of hot air to make objects fly was first discovered in Ancient China. The Chinese used flying paper lanterns to send signals.
However, the first hot air balloon to carry a person was made by the Montgolfier brothers in France. On 19 September 1783, they demonstrated their invention for the King and Queen at the French court in Paris.
The passengers were a sheep, a duck and a rooster and they flew for 8 minutes. How interesting!
The first flight carrying a person was on 15 October 1783. It carried Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier.
HOT AIR BALLOON INFORMATION AND QUESTIONS: Hot Air Balloons Facts
Design you own hot air balloon using your knowledge of materials. What sort of material would be suitable for a hot air balloon and why? Discuss this with your adult. Once you have decided on your material, get busy! The more colourful, the better!
Imagine you are going on a special adventure. You are going to travel to your destination by hot air balloon. It can be a real or imaginative destination. Where would you like to go? Why would you like to go there? What will you pack? Who will you take?
– Remember to write a title, for example- ‘Off to unicorn land in my hot air balloon‘ or ‘Mrs O and the giant hot air balloon‘.
– I would love to see good use of capital letters and punctuation (full stops, exclamation marks).
– I am also looking out for excellent use of adjectives and conjunctions.
– You may use this template for your writing.
Enjoy and have a fantastic week!