1 | It’s all in the box
Internationally known kite maker and artist Pauline Taylor provides an online call to introduce the project and you can access an instructional video to take you through the stages.
A box of materials and equipment will be sent to you in advance of the session including kite sails, bamboo sticks, kite tails, and flying line.
2 | Cross curricular
Kitemaking can support the curriculum in many ways from symmetry, scale and measurement in maths, to gravity and forces in science. There’s also plenty of critical thinking and problem solving involved, and it presents opportunities for outdoor learning.
You can even take an eco angle by using recycled materials to make kites.
3 | Shared learning
Everyone knows what a kite is, but many adults don’t know where to start when it comes to making one that flies – so teachers and pupils can learn together.
The project can be linked to an awareness of recycling and wind power, or it could be used to support the transition to secondary school.
4 | Learning by doing
As a learning tool, Kite making can offer opportunities to include pupils who find it hard to engage with other types of learning.
It can involve pupils of different ages working together or be used to bring in parents and the wider community to collaborate and share knowledge.
At a glance
- Teach many aspects of the curriculum and explore other key skills such as critical thinking and problem solving
- Support pupils who find it difficult to engage with more traditional approaches to learning
- Use the project to connect with members of the community and bring in parents to collaborate with students
Kites for Learning: with Infinite Arts
Working with kites can seem like a daunting challenge – everyone knows what a kite is, but most people (adults included) don’t seem to know where to start to actually make one that flies.
As a learning tool, kitemaking can offer an opportunity to include pupils who find it hard to engage with other types of learning.
Kites can be used to involve pupils of different ages working together or to bring in parents and the wider community to learn together or share knowledge.
This works especially well in Y6/7 and 8.
Many aspects of the curriculum can be supported through kites:
- Maths: symmetry, scale, measurement
- Science: gravity, forces
- History through kites
- Literacy: reading and writing about kites and flying
- Recycling: using unwanted materials to make kites
- Cross generational learning and a healthy activity for all ages
- Critical thinking, problem solving
- Global/International cultural exchange – one sky one world
- Learning outside the classroom
Overall aims and targets:
- To support pupils to think creatively
- To support pupils to plan and work together and to learn from each other
- To help develop an awareness of recycling and wind power
- To support education through provision of creative learning opportunities
- To support the transition of pupils from primary to secondary school
- To support health by encouraging pupils into outdoor activity
- To provide opportunity for involving parents
Kite Boxes are priced from £300 with all you need for a full class including materials, instructions and video for you to run a workshop or several workshops.
An online session can also be provided if required. Any questions, just ask.