On the last day before half term, Woking pupils travelled forward in time and became professionals in their chosen career path!
Greenfield School in Woking, for children aged rising 3 to 11, hold Enrichment Days several times each year, to broaden pupils’ horizons and promote ‘out of the box thinking’. On Friday 15th February, the usual timetable was abandoned in favour of activities involving social skills, teamwork and problem solving.
Pupils were supported to think about real-world jobs and the sorts of challenges and triumphs which a worker from different career paths may face. Children were also encouraged to come to school dressed up in an outfit commensurate with their dream job. There were police officers, a prime minister, fashion designers, scientists, athletes and even Batman!
Pupils from Years 1-6, joined by 30 children from Sythwood Primary School, visited an interactive fair in the Greenfield School hall. The room was filled with professionals from 19 different careers, including parents and local businesses, each with their own stall complete with props. Amongst those represented were a pilot, lawyers, artist, nurse, voiceover artist, pharmacist, film maker and IT professionals.
Also in attendance was Greenfield Alumna, Annie Tighe, who attended Greenfield School from 1964 to 1974. Annie represented the Charity Sector in her current role as Chief Executive of CAYSH, a charity providing 'Safe Homes and Better Futures' for young people. Mr Brown, Deputy Head of Greenfield, was delighted to have Annie join them. He said “The children were interested by Annie’s work, and were thrilled to learn that Annie had been a Greenfield pupil. It was a really positive thing for the children to meet someone from their school who has built such a successful and worthwhile career.” As well as being an ex-pupil, Annie was also Head Girl of the, then, Girls’ Senior School!
Whilst making their way around the fair, children practised social skills such as introducing themselves, shaking hands, maintaining appropriate eye contact and asking questions. Points were awarded for how much information they could find out about each career, by asking questions such as “What is the most challenging part of your job?” and “What sort of training do you need for your job?”
In the afternoon, pupils participated in workshops led by some of the professionals including Piloting, Film Making and Working at the Council, where they could see first-hand what each job may entail. Children learned about fly-tipping which occurred in Woking and what a solicitor at the council did to resolve the situation.
Meanwhile in Pre-Prep, children aged rising 3 to 5 took part in various role play activities to learn about different jobs. Reception children practised being on an aeroplane, with roles including pilot, air steward and passenger shared out among the children. Younger children tried their hand at being artists, taking part in craft activities themed around different careers. They also learnt about the armed forces and saw some uniform which someone who works in the armed forces may wear.
By the end of the Enrichment Day, all of the children had gained a greater understanding of what working life may entail. Watch out Woking; there are some budding professionals amongst you!