Years 4-6

Sowing the seeds

Helen Corkill with pupil dressed in graduation gown

This Primary School programme is a great opportunity for Years 4 – 6 pupils to find out about life at their local university.

The day is packed with fun and interactive activities with various departments of the University of Bedfordshire and introduces them to the concept of university.

By sowing the seeds at an early age we hope to raise awareness and develop aspirations to allow pupils to recognise future pathways into university.

Sowing the Seeds takes place in three stages:

  • Stage 1: Key members of the Outreach Team attend the participating school to deliver an interactive assembly to pupils and their parents/carers.
  • Stage 2: Pupils take part in a campus visit to the University. Parents/carers are invited to attend.
  • Stage 3: Pupils get a chance to experience a graduation and celebrate their visit to the University.

Typical agenda for the day

Schoolchild drawing on a teeshirt

Campus visit

  • In teams, and working with an Outreach Associate, pupils take part in team building activities, the Uni Quiz and draw a typical student.
  • An interactive tour of the University of Bedfordshire with various departments leading the sessions
  • Pupils create a t-shirt design and make a presentation about their experiences of University
  • 'Graduation ceremony' - pupils graduate from the University of Bedfordshire, with each student receiving a graduation certificate.

On behalf of the staff and children, I wanted to say a big thank you to you and the student associates for such a wonderful day at the University. The associates are a real credit to the University. The children had a fantastic time!

Ranjit Kaur, Assistant Head, Bromham Lower School

It has been a really enjoyable day for all the pupils and staff with exciting activities for the children to get involved in. The campus tour and presentations made by University staff to the children were pitched well, managing their expectations and explained that if they all worked hard at school, one day they could all go to university. The mini-graduation was inventive and fun - the children loved dressing up to receive their certificates. This was a great way to round off the visit.

Oliver Minton, teacher, Sundon Park School

It was great to see the children so enthusiastic about education and university life in general. They have all expressed an interest in going to university.

Kirsty Ayres, teacher, Bradwell Village School

Children were very impressed with activities and the building. Has definitely made them think about university life and has inspired them for their future.

Shamsun Nahar, teacher, Knowles Junior School

A very positive start to the new term and I'm really pleased with the professional conduct of your team. Many thanks for all your continued support for our pupils, much appreciated by us all.

Middle School Teacher

It was really exciting, it will be somewhere I would like to come when I grow up.

Student, Meadfurlong School

Nothing could have been better it was all perfect.

Year 4 student, St Mary's School


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