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     Land Management     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

 26th September 2018:  We had a great day today introducing ourselves to our groups and explaining what we had dressed up as. Most of us had come as Veterinary Surgeons and Nurses as we had a limited knowledge of the wide and varied jobs available working with animals.

We completed a mind map of ideas and after some deeper discussion, identified a huge number of different careers that involved caring for and training animals!

Some of our ideas were very exciting and we look forward to exploring some more careers and the skills that the need in more detail.

8th October 2018: 

This session was based on introducing a Growth Mindset approach to our futures. Children watched ‘Giraffes can’t dance’ by Giles Andreae. Discussion with the children unravelled the deeper messages behind the children’s story of effort, perseverance and faith in our own abilities. We researched some Growth Mindset affirmations to help us understand what the journey to success can look like.If you’re not struggling, you’re not learning.

Smart is something you become, not something you are.  Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, start being excited about what could go right.  Mistakes are proof you are learning.  Afterwards, we drew our own picture of Gerald the giraffe and wrote our favourite quotes that inspired us around the outside.  The sky is the limit!

7th November 2018:  The Animal Care Apprenticeship spent this afternoon researching and presenting 3 important job roles within animal care careers.

Veterinary Surgeon

Canine Hydrotherapist

RSPCA Inspector

Everyone spent some time reading about the job role, the qualifications required, the salary and working conditions. Each group then presented their findings to the whole group and answered questions about the job role.

After the presentation, we each chose our favourite job out of the three and made some notes about why we might make a good candidate for the job and what personal qualities we have that would compliment the position.

We had a visitor this afternoon!

21st November 2018:  We were lucky enough to have Kay from The Blue Cross come and visit us in class. She spent an hour with us discussing the vital role that The Blue Cross play in animal welfare and treated the children to a Dog Care talk.

We discussed all aspects of caring for our canine friends and learned some useful safety tips for if we encounter a dangerous dog. All vital information that the children were eager to learn!

Finally, we had time to discuss with Kay the different types of job role available within The Blue Cross charity. Jobs ranging from admin support, charity shops workers to equestrian behaviourists and hydrotherapists. What a great, informative and valuable afternoon.

12th Decmber 2018:  We enjoyed the opportunity to have a one-to-one session with a veterinary nurse named Katie today. Everyone was enthused by Katie’s passion for animal care and learned lots about the skills needed to become a veterinary nurse.

All children had the time to ask Katie questions that they were curious about such as: What is the largest animal you have treated? What is the best/ worst part of your job? Have you ever helped farm animals? What do you do during surgery? How do you manage angry animals?

We also had some fun with a ‘Guess the skeleton’ interactive activity – with the trickiest skeletons to guess being cats and dogs.

9th January 2019:   

This afternoon we had a thoughtful and reflective lesson on the different skills that we have both at home and in school.

Children were forthcoming in discussing their wide and varied skills which ranged from being excellent carers for guinea-pigs, to being the best at loading the dishwasher! From being an empathetic friend, to being an excellent artist! All very valuable skills that our children will no doubt use to their advantage in their school and future working lives.

Everybody designed their own ‘Coat of Arms’ with four of their strongest skills forming the design. This will remind children of their own unique skills and how they can use them to support their future successes.



Financial Services

7th November 2018:

Today we were very lucky to have Mr. Graham Beattie visit us from HSBC Bank. He talked to us about his role within the bank, as a Relationship Support Manager. He also told us about the different jobs there are within a bank and the skills needed to fulfil these roles. During the session there were plenty of opportunities to ask questions and we also had a banking exercise to complete. At the end of the session, we all received an HSBC pen. We are very grateful to Mr Beattie for giving up his time to work with us today. Thankyou!

21st November 2018:

Today we participated in a Natwest MoneySense Workshop which involved us having to plan and organise a party by making decisions about what to include within a set budget, identifying costs and showing an understanding of the value of money. At the end of the session, we had to make a short presentation to the group to show our ideas for a party giving the best value. We all managed to keep under our £100 budget. We were supported throughout the session by Mohommad, who is a Natwest Community Banker. At the end of our session, he presented us all with a certificate and piggy keyring. It was great fun!

9th January 2019:  Today we began our session by writing some questions which we would like to ask on our Natwest bank trip next week. The children wrote some interesting questions to ask, including some about the different types of jobs and qualifications needed. They were also keen to know what security measures they have in place and how much bank workers get paid!

We then spent the remainder of the session looking at various jobs in the financial services (credit controller, accountant, accounting technician, payroll assistant). The children had to identify the skills needed for each job and say how those skills are used.


 21st November 2018:   Today we talked about our visit to the Cromwell Museum and the Court House.

We had a great time when we went to the Cromwell Museum. We were split into two groups. One group could look around the museum, finding out about the artefacts, whilst the other group were shown replicas of the equipment and armour that a Cromwellian soldier would have been issued with.

We discussed how the artefacts in the museum needed specialist care and then interviewed Stuart the curator asking him about some of the many different aspects of his job.

12th December 2018:  This week we had an interesting time thinking about why we need genealogists and wondering if it has to be a career or if we could become genealogists as a hobby. We then had a go at drawing our own family trees – everyone enjoyed this and were sad when we ran out of time before we had finished them.


 Session 1:  We introduced ourselves and talked about how we had decided to dress up as someone who worked in the IT sector. Costumes varied from dress down in jeans and t-shirt to very smart with a laptop bag.

We made a mind map about all of the different jobs that we thought people might work at in this industry.In the afternoon, we shared this information with the other groups in the assembly.

 26th September 2018:  We thought carefully about the different skills that we have. We identified that we use different skills inside and outside of school, and that a lot of them overlap. The children were surprised to discover that they use maths skills outside of school! Later in the session, we investigated some of the IT jobs that are available on the internet at the moment. We tried to identify the different skills that were needed for the jobs (which was quite tricky!). We shared our ideas and clarified the different skills and thought about how different they were to the skills that we use in school.

21st November 2018:  The IT group were lucky enough to have a visitor come to see us this week. Mr Steve West, who works for Amazon Web Services, came to talk to the children about his job. We found out all sorts of interesting information about what he does for his company. We found out about the different qualifications that he needed in order to work for Amazon Web Services and about the skills that he uses every day: reading, writing, interpreting graphs, timekeeping, and creating presentations. He also uses communication skills of both listening and speaking to people.

The children enjoyed listening to Mr West and asked him lots of questions (most of them relevant!).

12th December 2018:  Today we discussed what we had found out from our visitor during the previous session. The children were able to contribute to a long list about what Steve does for his job. They used this information to write a Thank You letter.

After they had done that, the children started to research different types of computing courses that are on offer at Huntingdon Regional College. They were surprised at the range of courses that were available.

All of the children in the IT group have achieved their Level 1 apprenticeship – well done! 

9th January 2019:  The children investigated different jobs that use IT, eg. telecommunications engineer, website designer, data handler. They had to imagine that they had that job and then record what was happening at different times of the day and what their job entailed.

After that, we looked at programming a screen turtle to draw different shapes and try and get around a maze onscreen.

Justice & Law

26th September 2018This week we were discussing the trip that we would be attending on Friday 28th September to the Huntingdon Courtroom.  The children thought of some questions that they wanted to ask and we discussed how we was going to display the information that we could keep for the showcase att the end of the school year.

9th January 2019:  In the morning we went on our second trip, this time to the old courtrooms in Huntingdon town centre. We had a tour of the building and looked around the old courtroom before having talks on what used to happen back in the 1800’s. the children learned that it was very different from now as everyone was sentenced to death by hanging and the trial normally lasted 20 minutes, you were then taken to your death.

Land Management

8th October 2018:  Today, we set off to the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, to explore the grounds and learn about the different jobs and skills involved in running such a huge place (over 42 acres). We were greeted by Sandie Cain, who is an Education Project Manager at the Gardens.  We went to the Schools Garden and Sandie introduced herself and her role whilst we had a snack. We then explored the amazing greenhouses, looking at plants and trees that grow in alpine, rainforest and other climates. We learnt about ‘The Bug Man’ who supplies the Gardens with special packets of bugs that eat other bugs which would otherwise destroy the plant life. They do not use pesticides at all.

We also ran around a grass maze, climbed a rising path structure which had lots of information about the evolution of plants from single cells, touched and smelt flowers in the sensory garden area, and learnt about lots of different trees, including the Wollemia nobilis – a pine tree which was around in pre-historic times!  Finally, after we had eaten lunch and had a play, we planted bulbs (tulips) and plants (pansies) to be kept at the Schools Garden. After we had finished potting these, Sandie let us take a plant home each to remember our visit.  It was brilliant!

21st November 2018:  Today, we learnt about the role and skills involved in being a Landscape Architect. We talked about the different areas they work in and thought carefully about the skills and responsibilities they have: design an area, carry out inspections, think about the views of the people who live nearby, make sure they understand what their customer wants (and what is actually possible). The children also learnt about leading a team, planning what, when, where and how

Then, we took our clipboards and pencils outside, so that we could explore Hartford’s Outdoor Learning Area. We each drew a map of what was already there and talked about our ideas of how it could be improved. Keeping in mind the skills that a Landscape Architect would need, we will next use our knowledge to draw a new map which included the ideas we had discussed together. Eventually, we will produce a single map to present to Mr Davis.

Hartford Junior School held an amazing whole-school planting event yesterday! There was a huge turnout from pupils, including almost all of Sycamore Class and most of the Land Management apprenticeship group. We also had support from Mr King (parent), Mrs Daley (volunteer) and several members of staff. We thought that rain (and hail) might stop play at one point, but we stoically pushed through to make sure that all 780 saplings were planted! 

The plants, donated from the Woodland Trust, included hedges, wildlife saplings, wild wood saplings, year-round colour saplings and working wood saplings. They will form a wild wood area over the course of years to come, so that HJS pupils can enjoy even more of an outdoor learning experience.

After a brief tutorial from the brilliant Peter Haynes, Head Groundsman from the Huntingdon Town Council, the saplings were laid out, ready for planting. Each child dug a hole, planted their sapling, covered it over with earth, and then gently pressed the soil down around it. A cane was added for support and visibility. 

We have to give a huge thanks to Huntingdon Town Council grounds team who arrived in our hour of need. Peter, Donna, Tom and Andrew brought with them knowledge, manpower, wheelbarrows and a much-needed sense of humour.



 26th September 2018:   

We thought about what makes us us. We thought about things we like and things we don’t as well as things we are good at and things we would like to improve on. We then did a quiz about the NHS, which turns 70 this year, and thought about misconceptions we had e.g. all nurses must be female.

12th December 2018:  Today we had our first visitor. Mr Harper who is a consultant HPB surgeon at Addenbrookes came in to talk to us. He told us all about the parts of the body he operates on, talked us through what a day might be like, discussed the type of personality you need to have to be a doctor and showed us the scrubs and equipment he uses. We got to dress up in masks and hair nets and two of the group had a go at putting surgical scrubs on in the special was so as not to touch any of the outside – it’s much harder than it looks. We also really enjoyed having a go at doing stiches, we are going to have to practice to be as fast as Mr Harper!All of the children in the Medical group have achieved their Level 1 apprenticeship – well done! 


26th September 2018In 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. 

7th November 2018:  This afternoon, we prepared all the poppies that had been made throughout the school into a display in the hall. The group had some really good ideas on how to show the poppies off and the display looks fabulous and the school worked really hard on making the poppies.

When the display was finished, we discussed why we have poppies and especially red ones. The group said that it was to show the red of blood and poppies were the flowers that grew in the battlefields of Europe. We also discussed how WW1 started and why.

21st November 2018:  This afternoon we had a visit from Squadron Leader Scott, who came into talk to us about the Royal Air Force, its history and future. He explained about when he joined the RAF, his training that he had undertaken and where he had been based during his career. He explained that he had been at RAF Wyton but was now working at RAF High Wycombe undertaking a digitisation project and how much his budget was worth (millions). The children were really interested and asked lots of insightful questions about his job and also why he had joined up.  Sqn Ldr Scott was very gracious in allowing the children to try on pieces of his uniform and they were able to look at the medals he had received – Afghanistan, Iraq, Queens Golden and Jubilee medals and a long standing good conduct of service medal. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all.

The children were visited today by a Royal Navy Officer Lieutenant Andrew Ward, who is currently based at RAF Wyton.

Andrew explained about life in the Royal Navy and what it is like to live on a ship and the challenges that you can often face living in such close proximity to people and also where and how the navy got drinking and also bathing water, when they are at sea months at a time. They talked about how ships avoided each other at sea.

The children had a fabulous time and asked lots of interesting questions and a couple even said that they might like to join the Navy.

Music, film & theatre


Product Design

In December we visited Charpak Ltd, in Huntingdon, to see what life was really like as a Product Designer!

We were shown a presentation of what plastics the company uses to make their packaging products. However, we had trouble pronouncing the word! POLYPROPOLENE

The company told us lots of interesting facts like:

70% of their packaging is recyclable

*They used 70 million plastic bottles last year to recycle into packaging

*Hotel Chocolate use their company to package their chocolate

*Christmas is their most busy time of year and they have to start working on the packaging one year in advance!

*They have over 100 people working in the company

We were able to handle a variety of moulds and packaging which included Darth Vader soap packaging, Thomas The Tank Engine cake moulds, Chocolate packaging and much, much more!

We looked through two large windows to see some huge machines that heated the plastic up, sent it through big rollers to flatten it into sheets , which could then be used to mould into whatever shape was needed.

The children were then split into 3 groups of 4 and given an A3 piece of paper with 6 blank baubles printed on. The three groups each had their own product designer. The children then drew some Christmas themed pictures on the baubles. These were then taken through to the design area where they were reconstructed on the computers using special design software. The children really enjoyed this as they could see their pictures coming to life!

They each had a go on the computers, learning how to change the colour of their designs and add details which made the image look 3D.

At the end of the trip, the children were presented with a Hartford Junior School mould, which could be used at home for melting chocolate into and a chocolate each, with our logo on!

Overall the trip was absolutely amazing. The people who work at Charpak were fantastic and the children really enjoyed themselves.

Thank you Charpak Ltd!!



 21st November 2018:  Today we were visited by a representative of the CCI (Children Challenging Industry) project today. The children had the opportunity to become scientist for the afternoon as they put lab coats on and were set to work. They learned about different roles people might take when working in industry and had a go at being resource managers, communication officers, administration officers and other jobs. They were tasked with making soaps and had to follow the instructions with each child taking it’d role and working within a team. We had some great results!

12th December 2018:  Today we were revisited by a representative of the CCI (Children Challenging Industry) project and three science ambassadors from Johnson Matthey, which a global science and chemicals company, and a leader in sustainable technologies. As in our previous visit, the children had the opportunity to become scientist for the afternoon as they put lab coats on and were set to work. This time they were tasked with testing the viscosity of different liquids. Children also had the opportunity to ask the different scientists lots of questions to find out a bit more about their different roles within the industry.

January 9th 2019:  Today we recapped on our previous learning from our recent visits. We then applied the skills we have acquired in these sessions to a new experiment. Children had to predict what would happen when we put a chocolate button onto a plate covered with water. They then had to observe and record their findings. We then repeated the process, only this time we used four differently coloured chocolate buttons. At the end children had to explain the results.




Travel & Tourism

 26th September 2018We decided that if we were going to become experts in things to do with Travel and Tourism it would be important to have an idea about different countries in the world. Therefore, we discussed the holidays we have been on, talking about the activities we have done there and the famous landmarks we have seen.

We coloured in some countries on a map of the world to show the countries we have visited as a group. We looked up some of the landmarks too. We think this would be an important skill for a travel agent so they could recommend exciting and interesting places to go on holiday.