Apprenticeship Scheme

From September 2017, we are introducing a new and exciting activity into our curriculum for all children to participate in. We are calling this our ‘Apprenticeship Scheme’.

 Through discussions with staff and pupils, we have found that many children do not have high aspirations of themselves. They see school very much as something that is ‘done to them’ in the here and now but are not seeing that what they learn now has an effect on their future lives and work. People often ask children what they want to do when they grow up, but why at the age of 8 would a child know, when their experience of jobs and working life can be limited?

 We want to address this by giving our children the opportunity to see what goes on outside of our school and to see how the skills we learn at KS2 and beyond link into work that is actually taking place in our society. To do this, every child will belong to an ‘Apprenticeship Group’ that focuses on a different area of work.

The children will be able to achieve skills levels within their field as they progress through the year and find out more about the jobs involved in their line of work. Levels 1 and 2 should be achieved through the work they will participate in in school, with Level 3 requiring some self-study at home.

Please follow the Group links below to see the home study suggestions:

Animal      Emergency Services     Engineering      History     Horticulture     IT     Justice & Law     Media     Medical  Military Music & Theatre     Science Sports     Travel


 The year will culminate in a sharing assembly so all the children can see what other apprenticeship groups have learnt and experienced throughout the year. Also we will hold a Careers Expo for the children to present their work to parents and other that will have been involved during the year.

 If you have an amazing job or know someone with contacts within the various apprenticeship fields we would love to hear from you. There may also be opportunities to accompany us on trips. Please contact me if you would like to take part or have any questions.

Animal Care

20th September 2017:  This session we focused on our skills and what we are good at. We all spoke about how our strengths are different and useful for different things, and that we are all important. After this we researched different job roles in the Animal Care sector and each completed two job profiles. We looked at the different roles, the qualifications needed, what skills are needed and what tasks each role entails.

8th November 2017:  Today the Animal Apprenticeship group met two female guinea pigs. The group were taught how to look after guinea pigs, what they can and cannot eat, suitable housing, signs of disease and infection, how to check eyes, ears and fur. The group were also given the opportunity to have a cuddle and feed the guinea pigs some vegetables. After the guinea pigs went home, we spoke about our upcoming trip next week to Wood Green, and researched some other rescue centres to see what kind of work they do.


Emergency Services

23rd May 2018:  Today the Emergency Services and Medical Apprenticeships had a fantastic visit from some members of Hinchingbrooke Hospital. They came to talk to use about different jobs within the hospital. We started off looking at X-rays of different bones that had been broken, we then went on to looking at the different types of equipment that is used in A&E. Our last station was looking at hygiene. We got show how many germs are on our hands before and after washing and what fats are in our body when eating the wrong things. Lastly the nurse from A&E put a half plaster cast on Miss Deaves arm to show us what it is like if you break a bone

 28th February 2018:   Have you ever wondered how you collect evidence of a crime to put someone in prison?  Well, the children of the Emergency Services group found out on Wednesday the 28th February when Mrs Fellows, a scene of crime officer, came to talk to them about her job.

Firstly she showed us how she used a fine powder to brush over the finger marks which showed up the finger prints. Every person’s finger prints are unique to them and every finger is different. We saved these by rubbing over a special tape which lifted them and meant we could put them into a computer scanner. This would then help to identify the person and, if they were the criminal, to convict them.

She allowed us to have a go at making our own finger print chart and how foot prints and blood marks can be sampled to identify people and what happen at the scene of a crime.

She was really interesting and loved her job. It made some of us keen to become scene of crimes officers!

20th September 2017:  This week the Emergency Services team designed our front cover for our folders, designed badges for when we go on visits or have visitors in, listened and talked about the Dinosaur called Tiny, created a mind map displaying hat we are good at and started looking into what is involved in becoming a police officer. 


23rd May 2018:  Today we discussed some ideas for our stall at the Summer Fayre – we’re all looking forward to it. We had a think about how many careers we have looked at this year. We realised that we’ve looked at lots of careers including archaeologists, palaeontologists, historical advisors and stone masons. We have had two visits and will have been on two trips, one to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge and one to the Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon.

 Wednesday 31st January 2018:  Today we enjoyed a visit from Mr Deaves, he used to be a stone mason and has worked on some very important historical buildings. He explained how you can become a stonemason and why he wanted to become one. He brought some plans and some of his tools for us to look at.

29th November 2017:   Today we had an amazing time discovering how we could become Palaeontologists and some of the work they do. We spent the first session deciding what we wanted to find out and were then lucky enough to have Jamie and Sarah from Fossils Galore in March came to visit us. They showed us a bone that was millions of years old and some of the tools used to extract and clean the fossils so that they can be seen clearly. They explained how they identify, classify and catalogue their finds. Jamie explained that his parents encouraged him to open a museum because he had fossils all over their house!

20th September 2017:  We had fun today thinking of things that we are good at and then discussing self-image, thinking of positive adjectives to describe ourselves. We talked about qualifications; the children already knew a huge range of different qualifications from SATs right up to Masters Degrees in addition to life skills and vocational qualifications from hairdressing to learning to drive. We had a think about what qualities and skills we might need to have a career in history and came to the conclusion that helps to be nosey as you always need to want to find out more.


Information Technology

Wednesday 28th February 2018:  We discussed the upcoming trip to The Big Bang fair at the NEC in Birmingham. The children were interested in the different shows and stands that we might go and see. We also discussed and started exploring ways in which to get to our next visit in Cambridge. The children learnt how to find the timetable for the guided busway and also started to work out what bus we would need to catch.

After lunch, we explored the program LeoCAD, a lego design program. The children are discovering how to use the program to build a house and put a lego mini figure in their scene. It was quite frustrating at times as it is tricky!

Wednesday 31st January 2018:  Today was all about group work. The children discussed what good group work looks like and how to work in a group effectively.

After lunch, we put our ideas into practice and worked in groups to design and build a bridge made out of newspaper that would cover a span between two tables. The children came up with some very interesting ideas and did, on the whole, work very well with each other, especially as there was one child from every year in each group. The bridges were all very different and rather "interesting" but the children had a lot of fun trying them out.

 10th January 2018:  Today we thought carefully about how we can show that we are listening to people. We came up with a list of “Top Tips” of how to show that we are listening carefully. We wrote thank you letters to our last visitor and said what we found interesting. After lunch, the children tried some basic programming of a “turtle”, using the website: http://www.transum.org/software/Logo/ . The children drew shapes by giving the “turtle” different instructions.

29th November 2017:  The IT group was visited by Ms Wilson this afternoon, who owns a company who makes taps for the Queen! She started off her computing life using one of the first programmes for CAD – computer aided design. She showed us different components that were drawn by using CAD and we were all amazed at how precise and technical the drawings were. We could actually see inside the object and see how the different components moved with each other!

She gave us some very important advice: work to live and follow what you enjoy, don’t live to work. You must get the balance right!

Thursday 8th November 2017Today, we thought back to our visitor coming in and wrote Thank You letters for Mr West giving up his time.

We then investigated the History of Computers and discovered lots of interesting facts (please refer to the the mind map below). 

11th October 2017:  Today, the IT group had a visitor! Before lunch, we discussed about the differences between skills and qualities, when thinking about jobs and decided that skills were things that you could learn (like Maths, computer skills, painting) and that qualities were things to do with your personality (like being creative, being a team player and listening carefully). We agreed that some of the qualities can be taught and improved upon.  We finished this session by creating some questions that we would like to ask our visitor to find out about what he does as a job.  Steve West, who works for Amazon Web Services came in and talked to us about what he does for his job. He helpfully explained about what IT is – from smart phones to the internet! He answered lots of questions from the children and shared the different qualifications that he needed to be able to do his job. The children were very surprised to hear that he needs to do exams every two years to be able to keep going with his job!

20th September 2017:  we started off by thinking about what we are all good at. We then focussed on the skills that we needed in order to be good at, for example, gymnastics. We also discussed about not "judging a book by its cover" and decided that we shouldn’t make decisions about what people are like before we get to know them. In the afternoon session, we looked at all of the different types of qualifications that can be gained as you pass through the education system. After that, we investigated different types of jobs that are available by looking on IT job websites. We were amazed at how much some of the posts paid!


Mr West from Amazon Web Services
Mr West from Amazon Web Services


 25th April 2018:  Today we wrote a letter of thank you to Terry Gauci for visiting and taking to us about how interesting and busy his career has been as an actor. We also watched our fantastic Newsround videos from Burwell. We wrote a description of our roles at Burwell ready for an assembly we hope to carry out soon.

10th January 2018:  Today the media apprenticeship worked on preparing scripts and ideas for their show that will be recorded and presented by the end of the school year. We watched a clip from a documentary and a news station and discussed the features we will need to include in our shows.

20th September 2017:  Today our Media apprentices thought about the type of things they are good at. We then discussed as a group what type of skills they have and where they might see those skills in the world of media.

We spoke about how people are perceived in the media and if we should judge a book by its cover. We discussed about how we can change our mind set to enable us to achieve our goals.


28th February 2018:  The group wrote a letter to Rachel, Matt & Robbie who visited from RAF Wyton. On their visit they talked about life in the Army and Air Force (Robbie was Army, the other two RAF). They also showed some promotional materials. The children were then split into two groups and they had to put a photo back together (London and an air base in Germany) - so that they could answer the questions on the prepared sheet and who ever got the most answers would win a bag of sweets. Both teams won a packet of sweets.  

The children then looked at how best they could work together.

 31st January 2018:  This week we looked at developing communication skills and we highlighted what we all thought communication skills were and why.  In the afternoon, we had a visit from RAF Wyton, Rachel, Matt and Robbie. They all work in the Intelligence Branch of the armed forces. They explained a bit about the Army and RAF and also their specialisation. The children were then put into groups and they had to assemble and photo and then answer questions about the photo – something which the intelligence branch do during their day to day roles.

10th January 2018:  This week we looked at developing group work skills and we highlighted our strengths, to show what we bring to group work and how this could be implemented in work life. The purpose was to know and show how different people can contribute in different ways within a group task.

In the afternoon, we did a re-cap of Jim Scott’s visit in November and individually we composed thank you letters to him. We also discussed the new Army adverts and whether they would make them join the army. Collectively the group said the new adverts highlighted negative parts of army life and they wouldn’t want to join, previously with the older adverts they would all join as it was positive – showed team work and friendships.

29th November 2017:  In session 3, we discussed body language and how to show when we are not listening to another person and how it feels. So we practiced the skills of a good communicator, which included effective listening and questioning skills, which came in handy for our session 4 today.

This week, we had a serving member of the Royal Air Force come and visit the military group. Everyone was very excited to meet Squadron leader Scott and thought of really exciting questions to ask him. Sqn Ldr Scott talked to us about his job as a communications engineer and also the RAF from its initial inception – 1st April 1918 to modern day roles. The children asked him lots of interesting questions and were thrilled to be able to see and handle his medals and try on his hats.

 08th November 2017:  As this was the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday, we looked at why we remember on this date and why it is so important to the UK and commonwealth countries. We also researched why the symbol of remembrance is a poppy and is the poppy used by other countries. We also discussed why the Blue Cornflower was used by the French as their remembrance flower.

11th October 2017:  This was the third session of the military group and we decided that we were going to look at what skills and attributes were needed to become a member of the Armed Forces. In the afternoon we then looked at what skills and attributes we had individually and how they could be used within the school environment.  Lots of really good discussion/

 20th September 2017:  This was the second session of the military apprenticeship group and today we looked at what skills each of us had, both individually and as a group. We also discussed what we were good at and what we found challenging. There was lots of really good discussion, especially after we had looked at the book ‘A dinosaur named Tiny’.

 In the afternoon we looked at various adverts for each of the individual forces – RAF, Army, Navy and Royal Marines and discussed what jobs they were advertising, but also what was highlighted in all of the adverts (travel, team work and friendships). We then worked in teams and came up with a selection of skills and qualifications they thought would be needed in this profession.  A really enjoyable afternoon!



23rd May 2018:  Today in our science apprenticeship session children found out more specific jobs scientist can do. They need to find out the qualification needed for each and the type of environment they would work in. We’ve also started thinking about what we would like to present about our apprenticeship at the sharing assembly.

26th April 2018:  Today in our science apprenticeship session Children needed to apply an array of skills which scientists do daily (communicate, assess, evaluate, record results, analyse results, conclude and more). They were split into smaller groups and were asked to work as a group to carry out different experiments. Each group had a child leading it. They also needed to record their results. At the end of the session, after children had time to undertake all the investigations, children were asked to discuss possible explanations for their results.

31st January 2018:   Today in our science apprenticeship sessions we discussed the importance in being able to collaborate with others. Children thought about examples where they contributed to a group and the skills they used to enable good cooperation. Children were then split into smaller groups and were asked to work in a group to build a bridge using newspaper and cellotape. This enabled children to apply their communication skills and at the end we reviewed the skills which enabled them to work well together.

10th January 2018:  Today in our science apprenticeship sessions children had the opportunity to apply some of the scientific skills we have highlighted in previous sessions. Children predicted what would happen when we carry out a ‘Crazy Candle’ experiment. They then needed to observe and record results and try to infer why these happened. Children also practiced their communication skills as they discussed possible ways of recording the results and came up with plausible conclusions.

29th November 2017:   The Science Apprentices participated in interviews towards their level 1 award. Children answered questions about the type of skills and qualifications a scientists might need and also listed some of the jobs we could do as scientists. They did brilliantly.

In the afternoon we had a special visitor, Dr Monk, who is a Doctor of Chemistry. She explained to children about her work as a scientist and the journey she made in becoming one. Children learned how using chemistry helps develop filters for cars so that in return protect the environment. The children loved practicing some of the skills needed from a scientist as they took on a practical challenge.

8th November 2017:    The Science Apprentices had a great morning. We started by looking at stereotypes. We looked at different types of jobs such as doctors, nurses, firefighters and discussed who we think these would normally be, men or women. We eventually agreed that whether you are male or female, anyone can work at any type of job and your gender shouldn’t stop you becoming a police officer, nurse or any other profession.

We then though of lots of question to ask our visitor. Children came up with really good questions to help them better understand the skills and studies which may be necessary to undertake in order to become a scientist.

Our visitor, Mr Andrew German, explained to children about his work as a scientist and the journey he made in becoming one. The children loved practicing some of the skills needed from a scientist as they took on a practical challenge.

11th October 2017:  Continuing our work on skills from our last session, children looked more closely at what it means to be a good communicator. We played a few games that helped us determine the key features of a good communicator and the children agreed that these would include good eye contact, good listening, the ability to express one’s own opinion, speaking clearly and confidently and being confident in asking questions.   We then looked at the different qualification levels you could acquire, starting from A-levels, then BSc, moving on to MSc or PhD all the way up to Professor. We discussed how long each qualification would take and what would each require.   We finished our session with an inspirational video clip by a Nobel Prize winner, the physicist Richard Feynman who is known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics and the theory of quantum electrodynamics. In the clip, Richard Feynman explains why he became a scientist.

20th September 2017:  Today we shared what we thought we could do well and thought about the skills that help us be good at it . We then looked at the skills that scientists might need to do their jobs. We found out that you would need to have good scientific knowledge and also keep up to date with new scientific publications. We also found out that you need to be able to observe and analyse results. We discussed lots of other skills too. 



8th November 2017:  Today we were lucky enough to visit the Marriott Hotel in Huntingdon. We got to see and speak to many of the staff to find out what jobs needed to be carried out in a large hotel.

The people work in 8 different departments: Food & Beverage, House Keeping, Reception Staff, Leisure, Maintenance, Finance, Marketing and Human Resourcing.

We went to the restaurant, the bar, into the kitchens, to the gym and swimming pool into the offices and even inspected a bedroom to ensure it was clean enough for a guest.

We asked questions of the staff including the maintenance person, head chef, the housekeepers and bar tender. All loved their jobs and told us about what they had to do. Some had to start shift at 5.30am which we thought was a little early! Our favourite thing we saw was the two housekeepers that changed a dirty bed – they changed all the sheets in about 2 minutes.

Thank you Marriott. It was a fantastic morning.

 11th October 2017:  This week we looked at maps of Stansted Airport. We were really surprised by how many shops and restaurants there were there. As well as people that work in these retail outlets we explored jobs in other areas of the airport such as check-in, security and car parks. By looking at current vacancies at the airport we came up with a list of skills that were often asked for to work in a job at the airport: flexibility, good communication skills, conflict management skills, teamwork, excellent dress code, team work and a full driving licence.   These are skills that it would be good to develop as we get older.  We also came up with a list of jobs that take place in a large hotel. This is in preparation for our next session where we are going to explore the Marriott Hotel.

20th September 2017: Today we explored the different skills we thought we had. We celebrated how we are all different and that meant that we could use our skills to our advantage when working together as a group. We read a book which showed how sometimes we don’t know what our skills are because we haven’t tried doing something yet!  Having a ‘growth mindset’ would enable us to try different things and explore a variety of skills. 

We then looked at travel brochures to try to work out what skills travel agents might need when helping customers book holidays. A good knowledge of the world, an interest in travelling and good maths skills were somethings we came up with. We also thought it might be quite important to have good customer skills and be friendly as who wants a miserable travel agent? 

Lastly we looked at a world map to locate different countries and cities. We tried to decide where the whole apprenticeship group should go on holiday – America? Dubai? Australia? We’re not sure yet, but we’ll keep you posted!


Wednesday 8th November 2017:  we had a visit from Mrs Bennett, a driving Instructor.


Wednesday 10th January 2018:  Due to teacher’s being ill we had a little rearrangement of group leaders this week. Travel and engineering were together with Miss Deaves. 

Before lunch, we had a chance to share our favourite experiences from last term and what we learnt. We then had a discussion about similarities between all jobs and the universal skills we need. After lunch, we thought about how to work well as a group and what skills we would be using. We then applied these in designing an aeroplane. Miss Deaves was very impressed with how well we worked in our groups and the interesting designs we came up with!

20th September 2017:  It was a great day for the Engineering Apprentices today. We began by thinking about the things we were each good at and shared that with our team. We also thought about what we were like when we worked in a group and formed teams of three with different types of people.

Our Chief Engineer then set us the challenge of solving a problem as a team - how to span a gap by making a bridge out of just paper and sellotape. Every team successfully spanned the gap, and some teams were able to add lots of mass to their bridge before it collapsed. We decided that cylinders were quite good structures for building with because a circle is a strong shape when load is added to it.

We finished by reflecting on whether our opinion about group work had changed - some people were less shy than they thought!

We're looking forward to the next session in three weeks. 


11th July 18:  This week has been fantastic for the horticulture group! On Monday, we visited the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens for the day. Sandie Cain, Horticultural Learning Co-ordinator, showed us around the many different sections of the gardens. We got to see miniature alpine plants to enormous spongy trees to the ancient Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis) which has been around since the Jurassic era. We felt different plants and smelt a variety of flowers, from those that smell like chocolate to those that smell like rotten parmesan cheese! We had interesting talks from the manager of the gardens and a trainee horticulturalist whose next step is gardening in America. We finished with the children weeding, hoeing, planting and picking vegetables.

Today, we had a visit from a Level 3 florist, Samantha Willmott. She talked us through her route to college and the subjects she needed to be accepted on her course. Samantha also surprised us by telling us that most flowers in the world that are grown have to pass through The Netherlands to be auctioned off. This means that flowers grown in York, for example, are flown to The Netherlands, and then flown back to the UK, if someone there wants to buy them! We finished by making some beautiful gerbera displays.

 20th June 18:  We have been prepping our stall for the Summer Fayre taking place on Friday 13th July – the children have asked to make flower- and plant-themed biscuits and cakes to sell. We also have a ‘Splat the slug’ game and a stall where you will be able to plant different types of seeds and take them home.

The children made posters for the Apprenticeship Showcase on Wednesday 18th July, as well as labelling the objects that we will be displaying.  During the final apprenticeship session on 11th July, we have a student florist visiting to share with us their route onto the course, as well as give the children a demonstration.

 23rd May 18:  Today, we have been reviewing what we have done so far in the Horticulture group, so that we could discuss our plans for the Summer Fayre taking place on Friday 13th July. We have decided on three different activities. One will need some baking skills, another will require lots of egg boxes please, and the other will involve some long, wide piping and a dog toy in the shape of a slug! We will be raising money for the school.

We have started designing and making our displays for the Apprenticeship Sharing Fayre on Wednesday 18th July.  Only two more apprenticeship sessions to go!

 25th April 18:  We have been looking closely at the skills needed to work in the field of horticulture, and how people use those skills in their day-to-day jobs. This involved lots of pair work and discussion. A big part of working in horticulture is teamwork. We explored what it means to work as part of a team (see photos).The horticulture group were shown a one-, three-, and five-year plan focusing on the outdoor learning area, which has incorporated lots of their ideas. This will be shared with the staff of both schools at the beginning of June.

We finished by reflecting on the children’s thoughts about the apprenticeship scheme in general – what has been enjoyable, what they have learnt, and whether they would recommend it to other schools.

 1st March 18:  Today, we spent time revisiting our ideas and plans for the outdoor learning spaces at school. We also had a look at the plan from a Landscape Architect (Julia Watts), with proposed changes to renovate and enhance the key areas outside; the sensory garden, nature trail, pond area and potential den building area.  This was in preparation for a visit from Julia in the afternoon, during which she talked about her role, the route to her current job and the qualifications she has needed along the way.

Next steps will be for us to come up with a final plan and present it to Mr Davis! This will include costs and an estimation of how long it may take. We will need lots of help from parents and the local community to turn our plans into reality.

 Wednesday 28th February 18: Today, we unfortunately had to postpone our field trip to Riverside to meet with the grounds and maintenance team due to the snow. Emma and Terry from the Huntingdonshire District Council visited us in the afternoon to talk about their roles and those of the teams they manage.

We learnt about how planting areas are designed and managed, and how lots of different people work together to clean and maintain our environment. Emma shared how she had started out studying art, before trying journalism and other job before realising she really wanted to work outside. She explained how she had had to go back to school to improve her maths grades so that she could go on the necessary training courses.

Terry described how he works with the men (and woman!) who collect refuse across Huntingdonshire and what skills are needed in other areas of the council.

We will definitely be visiting in the future to learn about the machines (tractors, chainsaws, strimmers, mowers) needed to keep our area attractive and safe.

 Wednesday 29th November 2017: Today, we had a visit from Katie Dean, Community Project Officer, who works for the charity Groundwork. Katie spent some time talking to us about the route she has followed from an interest in animal and science at school, to her current work. She works with groups, charities, schools and hospitals, for example, and teaches outdoor education. This involves working with plants and other living organisms amongst many, many other activities.

Katie showed us pictures from her different jobs and explained what qualifications were needed at each stage. After asking her lots of questions, we went outside to practise some of the skills that we had discussed. Playing ‘bat, moth’ was a highlight and we learnt lots of new information.

Wednesday 9th November 2017:  Due to a last-minute cancellation from the Landscape Architect, we horticulturalists used our time wisely!  Today was a hands-on session as we learnt about the gardening skills of designing, planting and identification.  

Expertly led by the knowledgeable Mr Hill, the Hartford Horticulturalists kicked off the school's journey towards developing an outdoor learning area. We spent time marking out the planting area, digging 90 holes, planting 12 different varieties of hedge, and protecting each sapling with a bamboo stick and growth guard.

The children worked incredibly hard and should be proud of their amazing accomplishment!

11th October 2017:  We kicked off our third Apprenticeship session by looking at what good (and bad!) communication looks like. Lots of role play and discussion later, we had a good idea of how to communicate in an effective way with each other. During the second part of the session, we went outside armed with clipboards to map out part of the school grounds. We included the sensory garden and pergola, bug hotels, herb garden, pond and nature trail. Each of us sketched what was there already and created notes on the kind of improvements that we would like to make to the area. We would like it to become more of an outdoor classroom learning environment and so shared lots of ideas to achieve this.

 Lastly, we came back into the classroom to draw in pairs what we would like to see as the final design. This is in preparation for the Landscape Architect who is visiting us in November. She has already been on site and has begun to map and cost out how the outdoor area could best be improved.  We are really looking forward to meeting the Landscape Architect and seeing the proposed designs!

20th September 2017:  In our first proper session in the Horticulture Apprenticeship scheme today, we began by exploring what we are good at and what our skills are. We shared the things that we thought others in the team were capable of too.

 We thought carefully about what skills are needed in the world of jobs. In preparation for the next couple of sessions, we also learnt about the main skills and duties of a gardener. The children had an amazing knowledge about this already and are well on their way to ticking off one of the Level One criteria for this scheme.

 We finished by learning about a dinosaur called Tiny, who was worth much more than he and others had given him credit for! We talked about how we could apply this knowledge in our own lives. 

Justice & Law

28th February 2018:   Have you ever wondered how you collect evidence of a crime to put someone in prison?  Well, the children of the  Justice and Law group found out on Wednesday the 28th February when Mrs Fellows, a scene of crime officer, came to talk to them about her job.

Firstly she showed us how she used a fine powder to brush over the finger marks which showed up the finger prints. Every person’s finger prints are unique to them and every finger is different. We saved these by rubbing over a special tape which lifted them and meant we could put them into a computer scanner. This would then help to identify the person and, if they were the criminal, to convict them.

She allowed us to have a go at making our own finger print chart and how foot prints and blood marks can be sampled to identify people and what happen at the scene of a crime.

She was really interesting and loved her job. It made some of us keen to become scene of crimes officers!

10th January 2018:  The Law and Justice group have been watching a fictional crown court case to find out what happens once a crime is committed. We watched teenagers take on the roles involved in a crime, from victim to judge, and events from the arrest to the sentencing of the accused. We found it fascinating and even though many of us disagreed on gut instinct, we had to find the defendant not guilty because the evidence against her did not prove her guilt ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’. It led to more questions than answers- now we are keen to know how the police would investigate it, what a forensic scientist does, whether lawyers sometimes feel their client is lying and what they do, if they do. That’s the next few sessions planned, then!

8th November 2017:  the group have looked at the qualifications certain jobs require and what personal skills and attributes you need. This session, we wrote job adverts and made posters to attract people into a job such as a police dog handler.

 20th September 2017:  The Law and Justice group have been looking at the qualities we think someone with a job in this area would need….

Patience, Consideration, Compassion, Listening skills, Talking skills, Defending people’s rights, Obeying rules and laws, Honesty, Reliability, To be fit and healthy, Acting skills, An ability to see both sides, A sense of fairness, Maths skills, Be good at managing money, Good writing skills, Good presentation skills and To enjoy debate/argument/ changing people’s minds.We thought about our own skill set- what we thought we were good at and what our friends thought of us. Many of the skills appropriate to the jobs we thought of last week we had! We also wrote a letter to a local magistrate inviting him to come and visit us.


23rd May 2018:  Today the Emergency Services and Medical Apprenticeships had a fantastic visit from some members of Hinchingbrooke Hospital. They came to talk to use about different jobs within the hospital. We started off looking at X-rays of different bones that had been broken, we then went on to looking at the different types of equipment that is used in A&E. Our last station was looking at hygiene. We got show how many germs are on our hands before and after washing and what fats are in our body when eating the wrong things. Lastly the nurse from A&E put a half plaster cast on Miss Deaves arm to show us what it is like if you break a bone

 15th March 2018:  Today we went to the Cambridge science park with the Science group to a pharmaceutical company. We had a go at making our own tablets and learnt all about the quality testing that is done on every batch. Mixing as great fun but filling the capsules is fiddly. We tested our medicine with sensitive scales and how well they would dissolve in a person’s stomach. In the afternoon we designed our own packaging and had a go at some cold water pain tests. The journey there and back on the guided bus wasn’t the easiest but the children were amazing and I am extremely proud of how sensible they were.

 21st March 2018:  This afternoon Paula came to visit us – she is a special care baby nurse. We learnt a lot this session! She showed us the different weight of the babies she looks after as well as the very small equipment needed. We had a go making nest beds, using syringes to feed a baby, how to clean their mouth and how hard it is for the parents of these children.

 9th February 2018:  This afternoon we went to Hunter’s Down care home. We shared our poems with the residents, discussed our mothers and had squash and biscuits. Pearl, the activities co-originator, told us all about her job. As we left we were given some flowers for our mothers and that is the tradition in Canada where the care home has pen pals with another care home.

28th February 2018:  This week we thought about the different jobs in a care home as we will be visiting Hunter’s Down next week. We wrote mother’s Day podems to share with the residents next week.

 31st January 2018:  This week we became health and safety officers in school and looked at all the risks that there were in the school building and if the correct thing was being done to protect people. We also looked at some first aid kits and made sure they were fully stocked and ready to use if needed.

29th November 2017:  This week we looked at back at all we had done in our sessions and decided if we had passed our level one qualification. The afternoon Mr German came in to tell us about his experiences working in medical research and drug development. It was really interesting to hear about the 100,000 genmo project. We did some activities on finding mutations in sequences of DNA.

8th November 2017:  This week Mr Harper who is a consult surgeon at Addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge came and spoke to us about his job. He showed us phots of the day he had had on Tuesday the 7th were he performed a 10 hour liver transplant operation. He then told us about the skills that it takes to be a doctor, specifically a surgeon. Mr Harper bought in his special glasses to how us and showed us how you have to get gowned up in a certain way so as not to spread any germs. He then showed us how to perform stiches (on polystyrene). In the second session we discussed how important it is to communicate with others in any job and that we should always say thank you to those who have helped us so we wrote some letters to Mr Harper to thank him or the visiting us and telling us so much.

11th October 2017:  This week we looked at what is important in communicating with other – including eye contact and gestures. This afternoon we have looked at locations of body organs, especially the position and roles of the pancreas, gall balder and liver. We have thought about these so we understand a bit more before Mr Harper (consultant surgeon) joins us next session.

20th September 2017:  In the medical group we discussed what we are good at ad the skills we have. We then thought about all the different types of qualifications and how you would achieve them. This led us to think about which ones were needed in different jobs related to medicine.

Music & Theatre

10th January 2018:  Today we learnt about good listening skills and how to work well in a group. We looked at some costume designers for The Nutcracker, the Ballet by Tchaikovsky. We then demonstrated good team work by creating a news paper costume - which had to have a hat, an accessory and be completed in 25 minutes. Group 1 met the target and discussed how they had worked well together because they allocated roles according to different skills, listened to each other and were respectful of ideas. It is also important to speak up if you have a good idea .

8th November 2017:  Today, the students played some warm up games that are commonly seen in theatre. The games focused on skills such as focus, movement, miming and teamwork. Their favourite activity was the human knot. They all held hands, creating a knot and they had to untangle themselves without letting go of each other. They had a fun and worked together brilliantly as a team.

11th October 2017:  Today the group had a very special guest.  Miss V, a make-up artist who specialises in special effects, came to give the children a 'make over'!  The children were eager to ask questions like "what kind of education is needed to become a make-up artist?"  The children learnt that Miss V had gained qualifications such as maths and english, and had attended university.  After lunch they got to explore the make-up and participate by giving each other 'injuries' using latex, fake blood, tissue, and make-up applied with the use of specialist brushes.  Everybody enjoyed themselves and had a 'gruesome' hands-on experience!

20th September 2017:  The music and theatre group discussed the skills we each have and drew mind maps of these. Later we looked at a local theatre – The Cambridge Arts Theatre and looked at all the people on the staff and what their job titles meant and what skills they would need to do them. Do you know what skills a Chief Electrician, a Stage Door Keeper a Box Office Assistant or a Marketing manager might need by way of skills? We decided that a Chief Electrician needed to be good at following instructions and be safety conscious but a Box Office Assistant needed to be good at maths and have a friendly manner.


Friday 23rd February 2018:  The children have been lucky enough to visit the Peterborough United football ground today. They were taken on a brilliant tour of the ground by the Press Officer Phil Adlam. As POSH had a game on tomorrow, the children got to see the home team changing room with all the team’s kit on display ready for the game. In addition to see the ground, they also were privilege to meet the club’s Chief Executive Bob Symns. They all had a brilliant time and learnt a great deal about the club and all the people involved in making the club a success.

 Wednesday 10th January 2018:  Due to teacher’s being ill we had a little rearrangement of group leaders this week. Medical and Sport were together with Mr Painter. 

Before lunch, we had a discussion about similarities between all jobs and the universal skills we need, the children then discussed how the two arrears could be linked together. After lunch, we looked at the different medical job in sports. We looked at their roles, responsibilities and qualifications needed for each of those roles.

Wednesday 11th October 2017:  this week we looked at what is important in communicating with other – including eye contact and gestures. This afternoon we have looked at the different job roles in sport and the children started to research a particular role. They began to investigate the role, responsibilities, skills and qualifications for a specific Job.

20th September 2017:  In the sports group we discussed what we are good at and the skills we have. We then thought about all the different types of qualifications and how you would achieve them. This led us to think about which ones were needed in different jobs related to sports.