Monday, June 17, 2024

L’Envol (The Flight)

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11

A pilot sees a flock of birds and decides to follow them on their flight.

Watch this video with your children, and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Retell the story from the point of view of the pilot.
  • Write the next part of the story. Where does the pilot go?
  • Write a letter / postcard from the pilot when he arrives at his destination.
  • Use the title ‘The Flight’ as the starting point for your own story.
  • Make a list of words to describe how the pilot might be feeling at different points in the animation.
  • Use a thesaurus to find synonyms for ‘fly’.
  • Think of an alternative ending for the film.


  • Find out some flight times and use these to make up your own word problems, e.g. When is the next flight to Paris? How long is the flight from Heathrow to Edinburgh?


  • Find out about different types of birds. What features / adaptations do they have to allow them to fly?


  • Can you make an animation / drawing of some birds or planes in flight?

Design Technology

  • Design your own plane. Could you make it using junk (or other) materials?
  • Find out how planes work. Can you write a report to teach others about this?
  • Make your own paper planes and have a competition to see which one will fly the furthest.


  • Imagine the view that the pilot sees as he flies. Can you draw / paint this scene?


  • Listen to the music in the animation. Could you compose your own music to accompany the film?


  • Make a map showing the routes of different national and international flights? How long are the flights (in terms of distance and time)?
  • Imagine that you are going on a flight. What will you need to take with you? Will your destination affect what you might need to pack?


  • Find out about the history of planes. When was the first flight? How have planes changed since then?


  • Can your children find out what “L’Envol” means? What language is it? Can they translate the names for other types of transport?

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