Primary school students are Rocketing into the Future

14 September 2016

Youth Connexions primary school careers programme Rocket into the Future supports schools in ensuring their students are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of future life including secondary school.

Over 30 schools across Hertfordshire have now taken part in Rocket into the Future workshops. There is a variety of sessions on offer for schools to choose from. The Grange Primary School in Letchworth commissioned Youth Connexions to run 24 workshops across Year 5 and 6 classes. These involved many different activities, including team-building tasks, communication skills sessions and creative exercises. Talks from employers enhanced the programme and students explored what skills are important for future jobs. A student from the school said: “I have learnt what I need to be good at to achieve what I want to be in the future”.

 

Flamsted End Primary School in Cheshunt chose the ‘Total Eclipse’ module which helps to prepare Year 6 students for their transition to secondary school. Their teacher commented “The session was excellent in preparing the children for their upcoming move to secondary school.” Students felt ready as a result and one student said “I liked the activities because they helped me feel positive about transition.”

Flamstead End School

Other schools chose modules such as ‘Landing and Exploration’ where students look at how academic subjects relate to the world of work and what subjects might be important for certain jobs and careers in the future. Year 6 students at Ralph Sadleir Middle School in Puckeridge learnt about the importance of their core subjects. One of them said: “I have learnt that maths, English and science are very important for most jobs.”

Ralph Sadleir School

Edwinstree Middle School in Buntingford selected the ‘Rocket Girl’ session for their Year 5 and 6 students. This involves challenging gender stereotyping associated with certain career pathways. ‘Reach for the Sky’, a session looking at aspirations is also a favourite amongst students and staff. A Year 6 student from Hobletts Manor Junior School, Hemel Hempstead, commented “I enjoyed making the dream board, and learning about aspirations because it motivated me to work hard to get to the place I want to be”.

Morgans Primary School

The ‘Shooting Stars’ session gives students a glimpse into the world of work by including a visit from a ‘mystery guest’. Students are tasked with guessing the guest’s job. The guest is then invited to talk about their role and the company they work for, which is usually local to the primary school.

A Year 6 teacher from St Bernadette Primary School in London Colney commented “It was a very interactive session, very clear and related well to the children. Sessions were well planned and delivered with excellent examples, the mystery guest is a fantastic idea”.

If you are interested in booking some Rocket into the Future sessions, please contact us at rocketintothefuture@hertfordshire.gov.uk or call 01438 843610 to arrange to meet, discuss your requirements and organise delivery.