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Dreams and Goals

Thinking about our future aspirations 

Year 5 have began their topic of 'Dreams and Goals' by exploring different vocations and the lifestyle they involve. some of the questions we considered were: How many hours do doctors work? Would a 9-5 job suit your life aspirations? Would you consider a jab that travels? How much money would you need to earn to achieve your aspired lifestyle?


"I have always wanted to be a footballer as I love the sport and they make a lot of money." - Callum


"I want to be a doctor to help people. " - Lydia


"I wanted to be a soldier before I considered how long they have to spend on tour. I think I would really miss my family." - Patrick

Researching potential careers 


After exploring different careers, the children thought about what job they might like to have when they are older. They considered their strengths and interests when thinking about a career that they may enjoy. Once they had made a choice, they researched the job on the national career service website. This helped the children to understand what skills and qualifications they would need for their chosen career. 


"To become a teacher I will have to go to university which means I will have to study very hard." - Alyssa


"There is no salary listed for a footballer as there are many wage brackets within association football." - Dominic

Considering 'Dreams and Goals' in other cultures

An important aspect of this topic (and being global citizens) is considering how people's aspirations change depending on their culture and circumstance. We looked at the life of two children named Mary, both from Kenya, and compared how their experiences have impacted upon their 'Dreams and Goals'. 


"It was very eyeopening to consider how two similar children have very different dreams and goals because of their current lives. It has made me aware that, not every child has the same experiences." - Eoin


"Learning about the lives of both children has impacted on my own goals. I would like to help other children who are more disadvantaged than me." - Matthew