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Futures Week

Futures week is an event which involves individuals from within the world of work to inspire our young people.  We hold the event every two years and make contact with local businesses and industries represented within our parent, carer and friend network.  We believe that this week is an insight into opportunities available to children when they leave school.  Once children have an idea of what they would like to do when they are older they can work towards their goal.  Goals motivate us to do better and reach higher.  It is so important to give children a sense of the big wide world we live in when they are young. 


We are extremely grateful to the individuals who have agreed to be part of our careers events and who have come into school to talk about their jobs and education. 


PSHE - Living in the Wider World

  • about respect for self and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions
  • about rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and ultimately as citizens
  • about different groups and communities
  • to respect diversity and equality and how to be a productive member of a diverse community
  • about the importance of respecting and protecting the environment
  • about where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively
  • the part that money plays in people’s lives
  • a basic understanding of enterprise               


Our careers day was an opportunity for all of the children to engage with  a variety of adults from a whole range of professions.  We had visitors WPS, R&L Road Lines, Paveaways, SP Energy Networks, a script writer, an equestrian expert, a veterinary nurse, and much much more. The children were very inspired and completely and utterly engaged in the experience.  We are very grateful to everyone who gave up their valuable time to inspire our young people.  We believe that the earlier the children can be awakened to new possibilities the better!
What’s that in the sky?  We had a wonderful visit from Major Danny and Major Rick today as they flew into the school grounds in a Helicopter from the RAF Shawbury training base.  The children were so surprised and asked brilliant questions, they were also allowed to climb on board and have a look at the controls.  Danny and Rick were brilliant with the children (definitely potential teachers) and we are very grateful for their time and commitment to our futures week. 

Helicopter pilots' visit

What is your day job?  We were very grateful to have our governor Mrs Edwards in school today to demonstrate what a Magistrates Court would look like and the way in which it would operate. Mr Wedley played the defendant and our year 4-6 pupils learnt a great deal from the session.  It is wonderful to see how the law actually works and give the children an opportunity to explore how the British Value ‘Rule of Law’ in a face to face way. Thank you to Mrs Edwards for sharing her job with us and we are glad she didn’t have to lock Mr Wedley up!

Mrs Edwards and the mock court case

Dr Owen sent our children to outer space and the down inside the body of a sheep today!  Our school Governor spent the morning teaching the younger children about how we survive in space and then embarked on a journey into the body with the older children.  This is the first time we have had a real heart and lungs in school for the children to explore!  What a fascinating day.  A huge thank you to Dr Owen for her time and inspiring sessions. 
Zoo poo!  We were delighted to welcome Rutendo Wazara into school today to share her job with the children.  She is an Elephant behaviour specialist and we absolutely loved her presentation. She shared about her love of animals and growing up in Africa before coming to the UK to train to be a vet.  Rutendo has also spent time working with the big cats in Africa which was one of her childhood dreams.  She is just about to complete her PhD and will be Dr Wazara in the next few months.  She works to ensure the Elephants in both Chester and Dublin Zoo are fit and well and cared for!  Elephants really are fascinating creatures. 

Rutendo Wazara - Elephant behaviour specialist