December 10 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 18, 2013
West Norfolk children were shown some of the opportunities available to them in the future at a school’s career day.
Key Stage 2 pupils at St Germans Primary School and Magdalen Village School were told about some of the different careers open to them including construction, radio, teaching, accountancy, midwifery, the RAF and motor racing.
Inspired by the school’s involvement with the Olympic Legacy Be the Best You Can Be programme, which saw the school visited by Olympic badminton player Anthony Clark, staff thought it would be a good idea to show pupils just some of the avenues open to them.
Suzie Hayes, assistant head teacher at St Germans, said: “I think what we are trying to do is show the children that there are so many different routes in life. There is the academic side but also apprenticeships and colleges.
“To do lots of these things you do need to think about it early on.
“We tried to look around at careers these children can do in the future and then we tried to get people involved.
“Ideas came from the children as to what they wanted to know about.
“The speakers are mostly people from the community, parents and the College of West Anglia. The pupils are young but it is good to get them thinking about their future and what they might want to do.”
The day featured nine representatives from different careers who spoke to the pupils, explaining what they did and getting them involved in practical tasks.
Melanie Wellard, head of academies at the College of West Anglia, said: “I think it’s incredibly important to expand the horizons and knowledge of careers that are out there.
“Events like these are a great opportunity to work with schools and we are always looking to get involved.”
The pupils, who are aged between seven and 11, learned about accountancy through cakes, created structures using sticks and elastic bands and even got to take part in a practice pit stop on a racing car.