Activity Spotlight: Running a Primary School ITF Activity
Engage and inspire primary students
After a time of questions, volunteers leave to put on their ‘work uniform’ or grab a prop that helps illustrate their job, helping the students guess their jobs. During this time students can guess what they think the jobs are! Record these so they can be shared afterwards when the volunteers come back in. When volunteers are reintroduced the guesses can be shared and the real jobs revealed! Encourage volunteers to briefly share about their job and something from Primary School that has helped them do what they do now. If you’d like a focus on maths, literacy or something else – make sure to discuss this with the volunteers!
The activity length is open for you to decide, but around 20 minutes has been quite successful elsewhere, with 10 minutes for question time and 10 minutes for guessing volunteer jobs and sharing.
Other Primary Activity Ideas
The uses for volunteers in Primary Schools or classrooms are limitless between the creativity of the teacher and the willingness of the volunteer! Take a look at some case studies from Primary Futures in the UK to get inspiration for how you could involve ITF volunteers with your students.
UK Case StudiesBernadette Hunter, Headteacher of William Shrewsbury Primary School
Beverley Derrett, Headteacher of Tattingstone Church of England Primary School
Lucinda Abel, Teacher at Oakfield Primary Academy
Madolyn Bartlett, Teacher at Parklands Primary School
Primary Futures with the Department for Transport
A numeracy themed Primary Futures activity