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Pilot's story

A 45-minute activity, dedicated to Year 1 - 3 pupils, to help a young pilot prepare for their first flight.

Description of the workshop

A trainee pilot is about to experience the maiden flight. The students help the young aviator throughout preparation.

Together they find the mail addressed to the pilot in the mail wagon and then, through the letters and packages, share the incredible stories of Antoine de Saint Exupéry and his comrades, Aéropostale pilots.

Practical arrangements

  • With a facilitator
  • 45 minutes
  • As a whole class -30 students max-
  • €80 for the group
  • 2 accompanying persons minimum

The group is welcomed in the Envol des Pionniers hall by a pilot in period costume.

For the first mail sorting activity, the group goes to the mail wagon located outside the building (approximately five minutes’ walk). For the rest of the activity, the students are seated in the permanent exhibition where they can remain seated.


Helping a trainee pilot get equipped for the first flight:

  1. Explore a mail sorting wagon and how it works
  2. Find letters and packages by postal address or a coloured symbol
  3. Discover the stories of Aéropostale pilots through letters
  4. Know the pilots’ equipment and find the associated accessories

Concepts worked on

French – Oral Language:

  • Participate relevantly in an exchange (question, respond to a question, express agreement or disagreement).
  • Practice expected forms of speech, including telling, describing, explaining in situations where expectations are explicit.
  • Maintain sustained attention during listening situations or discussions.


Question the World:

  • Practice scientific approaches : questioning, observation, experience, description, reasoning, conclusion
  • Imagine, create: observe simple objects and everyday activity situations, identify the function of technical objects
  • Appropriate tools and methods: handle with care, cooperate, collaborate to carry out projects
  • Practice languages: communicate in French by cultivating precision, syntax and richness of vocabulary.
  • Locate oneself in space and time: construct spatial markers (use representations of space) and temporal markers (order events, memorise a few chronological markers), identify and situate certain events over a long period of time (the development of societies through lifestyles [clothing, tools, travel] and techniques at various times.