Central Bedfordshire College’s Digital Media department welcomed pupils from Lancot Academy for a series of exciting activities across graphics, media, photography and animation. The College is proud to be leading in these innovative partnerships with local schools, which is aimed at inspiring the younger generation and enabling College students to coach and mentor up and coming talent. The students were excited to share the Digital Media department’s extensive knowledge, equipment and skills.
Year 2 pupils undertook an enjoyable animal themed project, photographing handmade papier-mâché animals and recording animal noises with Central Bedfordshire College (CBC) HNC Media students who were also working on a sound unit.
Photography staff from CBC then visited Lancot to show the teachers in more detail, how to use green screens and software to create background habitat shots in which to place the animal photographs.
Pupils from Years 5 and 6 worked on an informative historical magazine where the children were delighted to don period costumes for photographs, ably assisted by CBC’s HNC Photography students. They learned how to set up and take a shot and were excited to take these skills back to their school to share with their classmates. Media students from CBC documented the day as part of their photojournalism unit.
CBC's Level 3 Graphic Design students supported Year 4 pupils in animating a 2D clip of their very own Mr Men story based on the school’s values, which will be showcased at Lancot Academy’s end of year production.
The students and staff from CBC were thrilled to receive lovely letters of thanks from the younger pupils, including one from Lily who commented, “I really enjoyed the extraordinary trip and look around the college… I found a little spark of inspiration in my brain to be just like my helpers [from CBC]. I would love to come to your college.”
Central Bedfordshire College (CBC) were delighted to welcome Year 6 pupils from Tithe Farm Primary School in Houghton Regis for a Careers Taster Day prior to half term. The educational providers partnered for the day to help inspire the future generation of students. The pupils had the opportunity to participate in a range of exciting activities from across the CBC course areas, with the sessions led by CBC staff and supported by enthusiastic students from within the college.
Sport and Public Services students assisted Football Development Manager Colin Sharpe in putting an eager group of pupils through their paces in a series of games and trust exercises, including the practice of CPR and an energetic round of Stuck in the Mud. Meanwhile, Health and Social Care students shared their knowledge of career opportunities in their sector, an understanding of the human skeleton and how to apply bandages and slings. In the college’s state of the art kitchens, a further group of Year 6 pupils made delicious pizzas and scones with Chef Andy and further developed their culinary expertise. The final group of pupils flexed their technological skills and learnt basic coding with IT Learning Area Lead, Adam Godfrey, and discovered how to use coding language to make works of art.
The Year 6 pupils were able to choose which sessions they wanted to experience, and they relished this chance to explore and develop their interests and aspirations in these career areas. For example, one pupil explained, “I want to be a firefighter, so I couldn’t wait to try the Sport and Public Services activities!”
Students from Central Bedfordshire College who took part in the visit gained and developed strong leadership skills and enjoyed sharing their passion for their subject areas with such a well-behaved and engaged group of young pupils.
It was an exciting and informative day for all involved and thanks must be extended to the staff of Tithe Farm Primary School and Central Bedfordshire College for organising the event. Further aspirational Careers Taster Days are being arranged for other schools as part of a joint partnership initiative to help support and motivate young people in learning and work.