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Year 7 and 8 Careers Workshop

Posted: 4th July 2018 | Category: Year 6, Year 8

Year 7 and 8 Careers Workshop


On Tuesday 25th June, the Year 7 and 8 pupils took part in an afternoon of activities which introduced them to the world of work.

We had some fantastic guests who delivered insightful and fun sessions on being an Architect, a GP, Graphic Designer and Barrister. As a school, we aim to ensure that there are many opportunities available for the children to access, and this year's hands-on approach was one change made to make sure this was possible. A huge thank you to Stephen Moore, Tessa Hewitt, Natalia Richardson and Bridget Walker.

The children listened closely to 'life in the world of medicine' and explored a technological advance, in the shape of an ECG which links up to a phone, in contrast to the traditional stethoscope. 

Our visiting architect was impressed with the range of questions and the quality of the children's answers to his questions. He said, "It was a revelation to see how the sessions came to life once the tower building challenge was introduced – the energy and ideas from the children were almost unstoppable." This is a testament to the attitude and positivity of the children. Many of the groups built great towers which unfortunately succumbed to being over-worked or the pursuit of perfection.

The children also took part in a mock court, exploring the case of Snow White, Goldilocks and theft! This involved a great level of independent work and exploration of understanding, and the whole task was likened to 'a giant comprehension'; the English skills taught are clearly beneficial in later life! There was some creative use of evidence, clear cases for the defence and prosecution and excellent summarising by the judges.

The children enjoyed a hands-on graphic design session, and our visiting expert was impressed with how engaged the children were. "Without exception, the pupils were well-mannered and friendly." These great manners are something that we are very proud of at Skippers, something which is regularly commented on by visitors. 

It is crucial that the children are exposed to a variety of different disciplines and, moving forward, we will look to develop this program even further to support and extend the children's learning through the curriculum. In an early plug for next year's careers sessions, please feel free to let me know of your availability. I look forward to hearing from you!

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