At Towngate Primary Academy, an important aspect is ensuring that children are equipped with transferable skills which will equip them, not just for secondary school, but for life.
These experiences allow children to gain a flavour of the world of work and possibly sew the seeds for a future career. We strive to provide varied opportunities for our pupils to explore their own strengths and enable them to build resilience through teamwork, communication and collaboration. We instil our values in all enrichment activities we provide by encouring individual liberty to make our own decisions whilst showing democracy through our willingness to work together and compromise for the sake of our team mates.
An integral part of our enterprise curriculum this year has been careers week: members from our local community were invited into school to share to their experiences of the world of work. We were thrilled to host a range of visitors which enabled the children to gain a credible insight into working life and consider their own aspirations and dreams for the future.
Our intended impact is that children are exposed to a range of life-skills through our engaging curriculum opportunities. We hope that by teaching and consolidating core academic skills, these will be transferred with automaticity to ensure pupils are able to recognise how to apply their current knowledge to wide and varied contexts.
Previous enterprising activities at Towngate have included:
- charity fundraising (Race for Life; MacMillan)
- swim-a-thon to raise money for our year 6 residential
- selling products for the Christmas and Summer school fayre and recording
- producing and selling a Christmas CD
- Oliver Chrismas production programme
"I loved creating our own Christmas CD - it was amazing to hear our own voices around the hall during the Christmas Fayre! My mum and dad thought it was amazing - and we raised a lot of money too!"
- Harry (Year 6)
"With help from our teachers, we have been able to design and make our own cakes and buns for charity. It's nice being able to be creative in the kitchen but also give things back to charity."
- Mia, (Year 5)