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Primary school pupils piece together future careers

by Guy Murphy

Key Stage 2 pupils at Millbrook Primary School took part in the Primary Future Jigsaw Jobs competition earlier this year as part of National Careers Week (6-10 March 2023).

As part of the competition, pupils at the school were asked to identify different careers or explore the different jobs available within particular organisations. A number of students looked at the various jobs available at a football club, including player, manager, coach and physio.

Pupils also explored individual job types in more details, including what subjects they would need to study, why it would be a fun career, potential challenges someone in that role would face and why someone would want to follow that career path.

To put their research skills to test, pupils then had to design different puzzle pieces about the job they had chosen containing different facts and information. The puzzle pieces have been used to create a display for the classroom.

Jenny Dixon, Year 6 Teacher at Millbrook Primary School, said: “Staff from Knowsley Council visited the school to talk to children about careers and during this talk we learnt of the Primary Futures Jigsaw Project. Pupils were really keen to get involved with the project and it created a real buzz in the classroom.

“The project has allowed the children to research and discuss potential careers and develop an understanding of the importance of education in helping them achieve their dreams and goals.”

Cllr Margert Harvey, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “We work closely with all our schools to support their activities, so it was great to hear that pupils at Millbrook Primary School found their visit from Council staff a beneficial experience.

“By introducing young pupils to careers in an age appropriate and creative way, we can help inspire them to achieve their full potential and reach for the stars.”