Pizza Express manager, Laura told us all about the origins of pizza.
Did you know that the first pizza was made in Egypt?
Petre, the chef showed us all the ingredients before we prepared our own Margherita pizza.
First, we had to pat the ball of dough to make it flatter.
Then, we had to pass the flattened dough from one hand to the other to shake off the excess flour; this also made the circle of dough bigger.
Petre demonstrated how to toss the dough!
Next, we placed the dough in the tin, making sure we spread it to the edges.
After that, Petre showed us how to spread the tomato sauce by
shaking the tin – some of us used a spoon to help it along a bit!
Finally, before it went in the oven, we topped our pizza with mozzarella cheese.
12 very happy faces :)
We remembered to use our napkins and cutlery – we were in a restaurant after all!
Today we visited Rydene to find out about the different roles within a school. Our group were particularly interested in finding out about how to become a teacher. We interviewed Mrs Dennis, the Headteacher there. She told us about how important Maths and English are and how we need to put the hard work in now at Primary school and in our future schools and collages in order to have more career choices when we are older. She also told about the part time jobs she had as a student which helped her to understand about the working world from a young age and meant she could earn some extra money for treats!
Today we went to see a car auction company in action. We watched as buyers were bidding for cars and saw where the cars are inspected before sale. We enjoyed seeing behind the scenes where cars are fixed, sprayed and washed. We also learned how important English and Maths are in this job to be able to communicate well and add up very quickly. We even had a turn at polishing a car!
What an amazing visit! We saw everything there was to see behind the scenes of a theatre. We stood on the stage and learned how the lighting and magic tricks work. We had a chat with the actor who plays the Genie in this year's pantomime, 'Aladdin' and tried on some costumes - check out Widow Twanky's bloomers! We even set up our own lighting, which requires a good knowledge of Maths and Science. Our tour guide explained all the roles within a theatre and how important working hard at school is.
'You don't have to be the best at everything to start with, just push yourself so that you can be the best that you can be.'
We went to Basildon Sporting Village and heard about the different roles within a sports centre.
After having a tour of the whole building we interviewed Vicky about her roles and learned why school work was important in her day to day job.
We had a chat with Reiss Beckford!! He said “Always try your hardest and never give up.”
He then demonstrated some of his moves and we watched other Olympic hopefuls practise their routines.
At Dogs Trust we learned all about canine care and safety and heard about all the checks that take place when a new dog arrives.
We interviewed Maria, the Senior Education and Community Officer and she explained how she got her job and why a good level of Maths, English and Science are particularly important if you want to work in animal welfare. She said “Always be the best that you can be and never give up!”
We had a tour around the grounds and saw all the dogs in their kennels whilst they wait to be placed with their new families. The cutest thing was seeing the dog walkers carrying the new puppies, wrapped in blankets, around the grounds so that they could become familiar with the outside world... aahh 😊
We had an amazing trip to the First Bus garage. The first thing we did was to go through a bus wash! We learned about all the different roles within a bus station and saw where the buses are serviced and fixed. In the control room the buses are tracked on computer linked to a GPS on the bus. Pie charts and bar charts show the % of buses running on time.The jobs involve lots of Maths, English and ICT so we need to concentrate hard in school.
We went to Holiday Inn Basildon and had our very own meeting room reserved. We interviewed the General Manager, the House Keeping Manager and the Payroll Manager and heard about the different jobs they did and how their education at school helped them in their day to day work. It was fun helping to prepare one of the rooms, ready for a new guest. We were served a fabulous lunch and saw how visitors are looked after. Everything in a hotel is so much bigger than at home; we actually walked into their fridge and freezer!
On Wednesday 8th March a few of us went to Great Berry Primary School to find out about the different working roles within a school. We interviewed the Deputy Head about how she got her job and we were given a tour by the site manager. We saw their pet corner and enjoyed finding out how every job needs good Maths and English - so now is the time for us to start working hard at school!
On Monday a small group of us went to Basildon Fire Station to find out how to become a Fire Fighter. We learned that working as a team is very important and that working hard at school - especially in English, Maths, Science, Geography and PE - is essential if we want to join the Fire Brigade. We saw all the equipment on the Fire Engine and went into the control room, where all the information comes into when there's a 'shout' (job).
Another great and informative trip to the Dogs Trust. The children interviewed Maria about how she got her job and the hard work she had to put in at school to be successful. We also learned a lot about how to stay safe around dogs and canine care.
What an amazing vocational trip to Manheim Ltd in Colchester! Not only did Ty, Kyle and Abiodun buy and sell cars at the auctions, they served customers at the counter and had a tour of the whole site.
This vocational visit took us to the Towngate Theatre to find out about the different roles within a theatre. The children also saw where the dancers were practising their routines for this year’s pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’. In the costume room we tried on some hats – we will be looking out for them next week when we watch the final dress rehearsal with the rest of Year 5 .
We visited the salon to see how it runs on a day to day basis. We learned about the health and safety rules and how hairdressers prepare for their clients. We watched a demonstration on curling hair and found out how important it is to work hard on our Maths, Art and English if we want to train to be a hairdresser.
We heard from Darren, the Duty Manager, about the different roles within a sports centre.
After having a tour of the whole building we interviewed Darren about his role and why school work was important in his day today job.
We were lucky enough to meet 3 Olympic Gymnasts. Max Whitlock-Bronze Medallist at London 2012 Olympics, Brinn Bevan (see below) and Reiss Beckford-Silver Medallist at Commonwealth Games 2010.
We also spent time talking with Brinn Bevan, European Bronze Medallist. He has been practising gymnastics since he was 2 years old; he trains for 32 hours a week; he says ‘If you truly believe you can do it … work hard and you will achieve.’ Brinn has had some difficult times; his Dad died when Brinn was only 12 years old; he fractured his spine in 3 places in 2012 and last year he broke his leg badly, snapping straight through the Tibia and Fibula! With hard work and training Brinn is back to his gymnastics. He is just 18 years old and lives by his own mantra:
‘TOUGH TIMES DON’T LAST, TOUGH PEOPLE DO’
What an amazing Vocational Visit we had! Not only did we have a behind the scenes tour, learning about the different roles within a hotel, we were treated like very important guests. We were served an amazing lunch and felt very grown up being waited on. We learned how to fold linen napkins like those ones you see in lovely restaurants and had a look inside their walk-in fridge!
On Wednesday 16th March, 6 children from Years 5/6 went to Great Berry for a Vocational Visit to learn about the different roles within a school. They interviewed the Deputy Head, the Site Manager and the Office manager who all spoke about their day to day work and how important their own education had been in their careers.
A small group of Year 6 children went for a behind the scenes tour of Toni & Guy Basildon. They interviewed stylist Lucy Becket and franchise owner Daniel Lethbridge about what they had to do to become reputable stylists. We watched demonstrations of temporary colouring, an 'up-do' and a blow dry that Daniel had restyled.
Lucy said, "If you work hard enough you can do anything you want."
On Wednesday 2nd March, 12 children from Years 5 & 6 visited the First Bus Depot in Basildon. During the day the children learned, from apprentices there, about the importance of working hard at school in order to succeed in their chosen career. Olivia said, "This is the most interesting day I've ever had!"
Following the success of the first Careers Carousel held in September 2015, our Year 5 & 6 pupils enjoyed another informative day. Contributors from various working backgrounds including: hairdressing, journalism, TV production, construction and canine welfare, showcased their careers to the children and helped us all to understand relevance of working hard at school.
On 26th January, four Year 5 pupils went to IFDS to learn how working hard in school can help us in our future working lives. We interviewed the apprentices and found out how they got their jobs and what they needed to do to make sure they out shined the other applicants.
We talked to the customer services lady who explained that she is there to answer questions about the library and the community as a whole. We interviewed Gayna, the manager, who said "Whatever you work at and whatever interests you have , always be the best that you can be."
All staff wear uniform according to their role in the hotel. We interviewed Katrina, who became a manager at just 23 years old! We learnt about all the different jobs in a hotel and why it is important to work hard at school if we, like Katrina want a good job when we are older.
We learnt about canine care and safety around dogs. During the visit we interviewed Maria Gill who is the Dogs Trust UK Lead Education Officer. She told us about all the different roles within the dogs trust and what sort of school work and college/university courses would help us to get a job working with animals. She says her job is ‘AWESOME!’
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