Keir Hardie Work Week – 14th -18th November 2016
This was our school’s 4th Work Week. All children from Nursery to Y6 participated in the week which aims to:
- Develop children’s awareness of the world of work and work-related concepts and vocabulary.
- Increase understanding of the variety of occupations and roles, and help prevent stereotypes around gender and cultural suitability for particular jobs.
- Help demonstrate the links between learning in school and success in adult life.
- Develop children’s financial capability from a young age and increase understanding of why people earn and save money.
- Develop children’s sense of responsibility and their skills for co-operation, enterprise and problem solving.
- Develop parent/ carers awareness of the world of work.
Each year group has focused on a different work-related theme and participated in daily classroom sessions, in-school workshops with world of work visitors and visits to local workplaces. 15billion-ebp supported the week by briefing teachers, providing detailed lesson plans, resources and props for the children and organising the input of a wide range of employers.
The work week themes were:
Nursery – The great outdoors
Pupils learn about ‘outside’ jobs (such as builder and gardener) through role play, adult-led and child-initiated activities.
Reception – Active Jobs
Pupils learn about jobs that involve being active and lots of movement (such as sport and fitness and emergency services)
Year 1 – The workplace
Pupils learn about the variety of jobs there could be in the same workplace and the skills used. There is also a focus on challenging gender stereotypes.
Year 2 – Our community
Pupils learn about different job roles which help the community and work in the role of 999 operators.
Year 3 – Why we work
Pupils explore why people go to work and what motivates people to do certain jobs.
Year 4 – Your skills at work
Pupils explore different jobs each day through creative activities and role play.
Year 5 – This can be you
Pupils focus on aspirational careers by researching successful people with links to Newham, participating in ‘speed networking’ with business volunteers and writing job applications.
Year 6 – Dragon’s Den
As companies, groups of pupils created a product, write a business plan and are supported by a business volunteer to perfect their presentation skills before presenting to a Dragon’s Den panel.
DLR talking to the children about working on trains and train safety.
The Dog’s Trust spoke about working with animals.
Learning about the construction industry and learning about the importance of Maths and English in the work place.
Questioning professionals about their careers and jobs during ‘speed networking’.
Pitching products to a group of professionals for ‘Dragon’s Den.