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Careers & Aspirations

Here at New Silksworth Academy we feel strongly about developing our curriculum to be fully rounded and to follow the interests of our pupils. In addition to this we want to ensure that the children have a broad and balanced offer that ensures that they have a wide range of experiences in the hope to ignite children's passion in different curriculum areas and develops their understanding of the variety of career paths that they can take in the future. As a result of this we have developed a wider curriculum offer for the pupils in our school that shows all of the additional steps that we take within school hours and beyond to develop their skills and follow their interests. In addition to that, we have developed a careers long term overview that shows how we embed the teaching of careers within our curriculum from EYFS to Year 6. We use Gatsby's Benchmark to evaluate our teaching of Careers in school to ensure our offer is of high quality and meets all aspects of the career's curriculum. In addition, two members of staff have signed up and will embark on the DfE Start Small Dream Big initiative. As research shows children as young as five or six are beginning to form ideas about their future, it is vital that we get the teaching of this right for our children. 


In addition to the teaching of careers through our curriculum, we also take part in careers week each year. 


Power of Woman Challenge Day 


Key Stage 2 took part in the PoW challenge day. The children took part in a variety of different challenges centered around charities and what we can do to support them. The children researched charities that are important to them, created posters informing others about their chosen charities and some year groups even planned their own charity events to raise money for the charity of their choice. Those children will pitch their ideas to a group of SLT and the winner group with execute their plan. 

Institute of Imagination


Year 3 have taken part in the Institute of Imagination 'Save, make, reinvent' workshops. Within these sessions, the children learnt how to do their bit to save the planet by reinventing different materials. First, we used old food scrapings, left over drinks and spices to create our own natural inks. These inks were used to create posters telling others what they can do to help. On day 2, we used recycling to create our own 'junk bots'. Then we created a circuit with a motor and attached it to our model so that it could move. 


Institute of Imagination Video.mp4

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Arts Award Discover


Some of our KS2 pupils who are interested in Art have signed up to complete the Arts Award Discover. The children have completed their own portfolio and art work at home that were shared with the school and on our website. These projects were submitted to Trinity Arts College in London and the successful children were awarded the Discover Award in July. Please see the Arts Award Centre tab for further details.