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Funded project by Department for Education

Our Future Derby is a Department for Education and Derby City Council funded initiative, which is operating throughout seven Wards in the Derby Opportunity Area.

The Derby Wards which Our Future Derby focuses on are Abbey, Arboretum, Boulton, Chaddesden, Derwent, Normanton and Sinfin.

We connect 32 Derby Primary Schools within the Opportunity Area with Local Businesses, aiming to reduce the skills gap between Education and the World of Work.

Our Future Derby’s primary aim is to help raise aspirations for every child we work with.

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Our Future Derby Resources

Career Related Learning Resources

HOW TO USE GUIDE:

We have created a range of careers related learning resources aimed at both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two learners. The resources include lesson PowerPoints, teacher’s guides, activity worksheets and videos covering a range of sectors and thematic areas. The downloadable resources focus on aspirational careers to broaden pupil’s horizons and can be used for both remote home learning and teacher lead learning in schools.

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Career Insights into the creative industries

The first video is a fun and insightful 2-minute video made by the Directors at Derby based Penguin PR, who share their story of turning their love of writing into careers in journalism and PR.

For our second video, Learn by Design’s Marketing and Design Manager gives a fascinating insight into her career journey.

Designer Bin Competition

 

Our Future Derby are collaborating with Dan Read from Engineered Learning Ltd to launch a Derby wide competition for primary pupils based on sustainability, recycling and waste. We know we all waste far too much and could all play a bigger part in reducing waste.

 

We are launching a 4 week long competition to end on June 1st for your teachers, pupils and parents to get involved in overhauling your waste system and designing new waste bins. The winning entry will have their design made into a real-life bin by secondary pupils who are studying Level 1 and 2 Engineering, Welding and Motor Vehicle with Dan. The winning entry will be presented in a VIB – (drumroll please!) that’s a Very Important Bin ceremony by the pupils who brought your bin to life. 

You can run this competition as an in-school activity with individual classes or the whole school. Alternatively, you can post this competition thorough your parent/carer communication channels for children to do at home, with parents/carers submitting entries directly to us.

Young people at Engineered Learning Ltd talk about their work experience and their recycling work

STEM jobs and Careers in Construction, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering

Thank you to Kerry Warburton and the team of staff and students at the UTC Derby Pride Park for supporting the Our Future Derby team with these KS1 and KS2 resources on Construction, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering.

The resources include lesson powerpoint, teacher’s guide and activity worksheets. The lesson focuses on a range of aspirational careers to broaden pupil’s horizons and features fun games and printable activities. 

KS1 Resources

KS2 Resources

Derby Employer Spotlight: Nuclear AMRC

Thank you to Claire Street and the team at Nuclear AMRC, Catapult and the University of Sheffield for assisting us with this Derby Employer Spotlight resource. Children will learn about nuclear energy and some of the jobs in the Nuclear Energy sector. The resources include lesson powerpoint, teacher’s guide and activity worksheets.

Careers Linked to Reading, Writing and Reporting

The Author Spotlight is a lesson PowerPoint that looks at careers linked to the world of reading and links to 3 videos spotlighting a varied range of authors and book lovers.

 

Getting to know my Family and Friends is a writing task with a journalistic focus. Through asking questions and taking an interest in friends and family members, we hope that young people can begin using their inquisitive minds to explore the world through the eyes of the people closest to them.

 

Three Steps to News Success enables learners to focus on their communication, presentation and creative writing skills, by creating a news article to be presented in their own imaginative way. With a focus on journalism, this 3 step exercise links English literacy to careers education in a fun way.

Health and Life Science Careers Resources

Did you know that life sciences help us study organisms, diseases, illness and the environment? We have developed a series of career-related learning resources with UTC Derby that look at the study of the human body and some of the important careers within this sector.

 

A HUGE thank you to Kerry and the team at UTC Derby for supporting Our Future Derby with this month’s resources on Life Science. These resources can be used for both teacher lead learning in schools and remote home learning.  

AI, Technology and Robotics Resources

Usually, we say the future is AI, but is this still correct? Is AI our future or is it our reality? We have developed a series of career-related learning resources that look at this very question.

These resources can be used for both teacher lead learning in schools and remote home learning.

How has technology changed?

A Career Ambassador video discussing how technology has revolutionised their industry.

‘My Career Learning Log’

By using the learning log alongside all careers activities, every learner is encouraged and supported to set their sights high and broaden their ambitions.

 

Learners undertake a journey of reflection and take ownership of, and responsibility for, their own learning and personal development. A log of their reflections are recorded by the child to support their knowledge and understanding of the wide range of jobs they have learnt about and can aspire to.  

By providing and recognising careers related learning experiences, children can use the learning log to independently self-assess and self-reflect on the key skills they are developing.

There are 2 versions of the learning log, one for KS1 and one for KS2 pupils. Both learning logs are designed in such a way that the log grows with them, continually capturing learning and achievements in exciting ways to demonstrate and celebrate the skills and knowledge they are building whilst making the explicit link between what they learn at school and their future career success.

Career Journeys

The latest resource focuses on where our jobs take us. These resources can be used to support classroom activities or home learning.

 

A cut and stick activity introduces pupils to the geography of where jobs can take us by matching the job to the travel opportunity.

 

Pupils find out about career journeys of people that interest them by completing a ladder that starts with their education at the beginning of their journey, then works their way up to the top to reach their goal job.

Let’s Talk Rubbish!

This teacher led classroom resource focuses on ‘waste’ and includes teacher’s lesson plan, PowerPoint presentation and printable activity resources. The lesson plan has been designed to allow children to follow a learning journey with a character named Ella, who is exploring waste with her Grandmother. Through fun activities, learners can really get to grips with understanding waste and rethinking our actions whilst also investigating future career possibilities.

Three Steps to News Success!

These resources enables learners to focus on their communication, presentation and creative writing skills, by creating a news article to be presented in their own imaginative way. With a focus on journalism, this 3 step exercise links English literacy to careers education in a fun way. The resources can be used to support home learning or classroom activities and are in the format of editable pdf’s that can be completed online or printed and completed by hand.

Key workers

We have developed these resources to explore the roles of key workers, linking careers education to PSHE and Literacy. Tasks include exploring job roles, creating poems or letters of thanks and writing diary entries from the perspective of a key worker. The resources can be used to support home learning or classroom activities and are in the format of editable pdf’s that can be completed online or printed and completed by hand.

Exploring Careers in the NHS

This classroom and home learning resource is dedicated to our fantastic NHS. The teacher led session sparks discussion on life before the NHS, incorporates groupwork and allows children to go through the journey of understanding what the NHS is and the huge range of careers within it. It includes teacher’s lesson plan, Powerpoint presentation and printable worksheets for children to complete. The pupil worksheets are also suitable as stand alone activities for home learning.

Handling Worries Toolkit

We all need to understand how to recognise the emotions we are feeling. This resource focuses on how to recognise and handle worry. The skills this resource focuses on are problem solving, creativity and staying positive. The subject link is with PSHE, Literacy, Technology and Careers Education by linking to jobs including Counsellor, Therapist, and Inventor. Children get to create their own worry box which they can use as a tool to express their emotions.

Positive Affirmation Pledge

The Our Future Derby team recognise that we can’t change the world, however we can change our outlook on life and educate our friends, families and community in honouring the beautiful diversity of our world. We know that change begins at home, so we have been inspired and motivated by a video from a three-year-old to create this resource and encourage everyone to make their own positive affirmation pledge.

I am proud of who I am

We have created two fantastic resources called I am proud of who I am which have been differentiated into key stages to guide children on their journey to celebrating their skills, successes and career aspirations. These resources link together PSHE and English Literacy writing. To save on printing, resources have been made editable to be used online or printed if needed.

 

The Key Stage One resource aims to promote keeping positive skills by getting children to write about their uniqueness, quirks and what makes them special. It encourages children to begin thinking about dream jobs and gets children to think about their favourite subject and what it is that they like about it.

 

The Key Stage Two resource has been designed so that children can begin taking an active interest in different vocations and exploring career paths.  This has been designed as a reusable resource. It can be updated with a new profile being completed every so often as children grow on their CRL journey and discover more career paths.

Let’s Build a Bridge

‘Let’s Build a Bridge’ is a KS2 home learning resource that aims to enable children to imagine life as an Engineer and design bridges from common household items. The resource has a geographic link to Derby and focuses on the key skills of Creativity and Problem Solving.  

 

This resource allows pupils to begin looking into the design of bridges, how shapes play an important part and even gives some historical background to the earliest bridges. The activity concludes by getting the whole family involved in bridge building challenges where children are encouraged to test the durability of their bridge. 

Exploring Rail Jobs

The KS1 and KS2 ‘Exploring Rail Jobs’ resources support children with learning about the history of the rail industry and begin forming an understanding of the different roles in the rail sector.

 

Children explore the job roles through a cut and stick activity where they match the images of the job to the job description. Older KS2 children are further challenged to deepen their learning by writing a creative piece exploring the chosen rail industry role by imagining what it is like to work in this job. 

Aspirations Activity

Aspirations Activity is designed to help build the pillars of positivity and resilience during the uncertain times we are currently in. The learning objective here is to think positively and aim high with ambitious life goals. As the saying goes, positivity breeds positivity and this resource will enable children to focus on their own amazing qualities. 

Our Future Derby’s motto and strapline is you can be anything you wish to be! A world of opportunities is out there, so dream big!

Download the worksheet below. If you wish to save on printing, most of the PDF is editable so a student can complete it on a computer, however there is one page with drawing elements, so that page can be printed alone or just created on a separate piece of paper.

Get to know family and friends

Getting to know my Family and Friends is a writing task with a journalistic focus. Through asking questions and taking an interest in friends and family members, we hope that young people can begin using their inquisitive minds to explore the world through the eyes of the people closest to them.

The activity can take place either face-to-face with family members or using technology such as video and phone calls with family and friends. This activity could be built upon as an ongoing project where children collect a legacy of important milestones and memories of their families, friends and neighbours to learn about and be inspired by other people’s experiences of life. 

Download the resource below, which has suggested questions.

Skills for Success

This Skills for Success resource helps students understand the eight skills of success which evidence has shown are important throughout life. This resource makes the link between four different careers and the skills to success. Pupils can begin to make connections between how these skills link in with careers.

For further information, please use the Skills Builder website: www.skillsbuilder.org

Click the link below to download the Skills for Success worksheets aimed at Key Stage 2 students. The first task can be worked on with a single student supported by a teacher/parent or can be done as a game with a group of students. The tasks explore Skills for Success and how they are used in a huge variety of jobs. If you wish to save on printing, the PDF is editable so a student can complete it on a computer.

Communication Skills

This workshop develops students communication skills, highlighting their importance within Skills for Success. There are a variety of activities which cover KS1 and KS2, where students will be able to practice their listening and presenting skills.

Click the button below to download this PDF, which can be saved to a computer, so you have the option to use it on a screen or to print. There is no need for the students to write anything on the documents, it is designed for the teacher/parent to read and take the students through the activities.

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Funding and Partners:

The Our Future Derby project is commissioned and funded by the Opportunity Area Board. The programme works in partnership with 32 primary schools and is led by Education and Employers within a unique consortium including Learn by Design, dmh associates, Forum Talent Potential and East Midlands Chamber:

Want to share your career story?

We are looking for volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds in all forms of job roles. Your commitment can be as much, or as little, as you can offer; from giving up just one hour to share your career journey in an assembly, to supporting a day of inspiring activities at a local school. 

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Our Future Derby breaking down

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