Reedley Primary School (Innovative Practice)
We wanted to give the children a 'real life' experience to assist their economic education and encourage their aspirations.
The main focus was to select and apply for a job, go to work for a day, get paid and organise finances just like we do in the real world! We wanted the children to understand why it was important to work for a living.
Monday Â– Job Application
Over 20 jobs were advertised. KS2 children applied for a job.
Tuesday Â– Interviews
Successful candidates attended a 'real' interview. Unsuccessful children had circle time to discuss feelings of rejection. They were then given the opportunity to sign up for night school Â– a chance to improve.
Wednesday Â– Work
Children went to work or night school!
Thursday Â– Pay Day
All workers received their wage. Night school attendees were given a grant and the rest collected a small amount from the government!
The children had to pay for everything - playtime cost 5 Reedley pounds! There were opportunities to spend money on luxury activities i.e. Cinema, Cyber CafĂ©.
Friday Â– Reflections
The children had time to reflect, celebrate and aspire by dressing up in 'career clothes'!
The project had a huge impact on children and staff alike. The children learnt so much about the world of work; it introduced them to new feelings and emotions and gave plenty of enjoyment.