Lessons at Moorside Community Primary School, Halifax, reached new heights when house builder Redrow Homes made a flying visit with its very own hot air balloon.

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  • Pupils at Moorside Community Primary School, Halifax, met the pilot of the giant red and white balloon and learned all about the history and science of this fascinating pastime.

    Adele Simpson, head teacher of Moorside Community Primary School said: "The children were really looking forward to the demonstration and they weren't disappointed. It really enriched the learning experience and helped bring the scientific aspect of flying to life in a fun and engaging way."

    The Redrow Homes hot air balloon regularly flies at balloon fiestas and special events all over Britain. It was built by Shropshire-based Lindstrand Hot Air Balloons, which has created more than 4,500 balloons in total.

    Standing at 21 metres high, the Redrow balloon can carry a pilot plus four people. More than 850 metres of fabric were used to create what is known as the envelope - enough material to wrap two double decker buses.

    Patsy Aicken, sales manager for Redrow, says: "The balloon is always a popular attraction and it's great that it can be used as an educational tool. Our Wheatley Chase development is just across the road from the school in Keighley Road, Halifax and it's great that we can help play a part in the education of its pupils in this way."

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