Dartford Primary Academy recognises the importance of developing lifelong learners who are prepared to enter the global community. Through careful curriculum planning, students are exposed to a range of careers and professionals from Reception to Year 6.
Our students explore links to careers and apply their learning to real-life contexts during our IB Primary Years Programme curriculum framework. Students have planned, organised and run a farmers’ market for the local community, raising money through the sale of different food items. Other career activities have included studying the process of chocolate making and calculating the costings involved. Staff also arrange visitors from local businesses and professions to introduce students to a range of careers. Students have been joined in their learning by doctors, local wildlife experts and factory owners.
Year 2 Farmers’ Market
As part of the Leigh Academies Trust, DPA has access to exciting annual careers and innovation events. This year students will participate in #LeighInnovate19, a Primary Leigh Aspire initiative. Students are tasked with designing a product made from recycled products. Our students will work in small teams following the Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve approach. A winning team will then be selected to represent DPA in the Trust final at Strood Academy.
Our students have also participated in the annual Tycoon Enterprise Competition, sponsored by the Peter Jones Foundation. A team of students learned how to create and run a start-up business from product design through to calculating profits and interacting with members of the public. The students enjoyed selling their hot chocolate to parents and members of the community and kindly donated their profits to the Academy School Council. We look forward to participating in this event once again.
Dartford Primary Academy has been successful in achieving the Investor in Careers award.
We have successfully been awarded the Investors in Careers award, showing our commitment in preparing our children to be ready for their future pathways. All students from Reception through to Post 16 need to be prepared for life in a global community and the introduction of career and work-related learning should begin at a very young age. This can inspire our young students and reduce long-term disengagement. By developing a lifelong learning agenda students are able to understand the relevance of learning.
The areas of work-related learning that are key with younger students are developing their self-awareness, their self-determination and their self-improvement as a learner. Transitions for primary students are also critical as they go through the key stages. Decisions then need to be made regarding the type of Secondary School that is considered appropriate for the student. It is imperative that the support is offered during the transition from Primary to Secondary. Transitions should then be seamless and support offered at every stage. All of the above are important criteria that Dartford has successfully achieved in working towards the award.
Pupils are given many high quality opportunities to develop their curiosity and creativity. They are encouraged to use their imagination, for example when thinking of ways to praise a friend, and are taught to respect the feelings and viewpoints of others.
Pupils are engaged and motivated by the way teachers present and teach the well-planned curriculum. This not only ensures that good learning takes place but makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the good learning taking place, especially when pupils with special educational needs are taught in small groups outside the classroom. They work in very close partnership with teachers and bring an additional range of helpful skills and experiences into the classrooms.