Fishbourne pupils inspired to think about future

Visiting the dentist at Kidzania, a city built to scale for children
Visiting the dentist at Kidzania, a city built to scale for children

Children at Fishbourne Primary School have been given the chance to explore different careers and reflect on their skills.

The exciting learning experience was designed to give them opportunities to ask some of life’s big questions.

Learning about being an optician with Boots

Learning about being an optician with Boots

Head teacher Naomi Day said: “The final verse of the When I Grow Up song from the Matilda musical really sums up beautifully exactly why we designed this learning experience for our children at Fishbourne.

“We want them to believe that their personal endings aren’t fixed. We want to inspire them with how many different opportunities there are out there ready to be seized.

“With the incredible support of parents, our local community and Chichester College, we provided the children with lots of irresistible experiences to learn more about themselves.”

The week began with a special assembly where the children heard from a range of famously inspiring people via video link – Tim Peake, Barrack Obama and Michael Morpurgo to name just a few.

The team from Scarterfields Farm in Fishbourne

The team from Scarterfields Farm in Fishbourne

A group of 120 older pupils visited Kidzania in London to experience a vast range of careers. Back at school, they were then able to chatter informally with visitors during a careers afternoon.

Mrs Day added: “Many of the children were able to follow up role-play experiences they had enjoyed the previous day at Kidzania by meeting people who had the same professions. It was lovely to see the faces of children who were hanging on the every word of our visitors and asking some very challenging and interesting questions.”

The children also spent a day at Chichester College, to get a feel for some of the courses on offer through hands-on activities.

For the younger children, a varied range of experiences were provided in the school. Chichester College and parent volunteers give them a taste of different jobs.

A&E staff from the Royal Sussex County Hospital worked alongside pupils

A&E staff from the Royal Sussex County Hospital worked alongside pupils

“They had the sorts of experiences that they will never ever forget and this, we believe, is exactly what learning should be all about,” explained Mrs Day.

“There was no shortage of irresistible and engaging learning experiences throughout the fortnight and we are hugely grateful to everybody who offered their support and time to make this such a memorable time for our children.”

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