PSHE KS2 / KS3: A career as a butcher

She’s the only girl on the shop-floor but Charlotte Harbottle, who always imagined that she would become a writer, just loves her job as a butcher.

We spend a day with Charlotte at a high-end butchery as she explains just what it takes to do her job well.

We see her sorting the best from lesser cuts of meat and physically moving large slabs of meat around on hooks.

We come to understand the passion she has for her job, and feel the pride she takes in the presentation of her work.

She also introduces us to her butcher’s blog, which harmoniously combines her love or words with everyday work.

Teacher Notes

Charlotte has demonstrated strength of character by following an individual career path, which she recognises is not glamorous in the way that some of her friends' jobs are.

The class could look at other 'unglamorous' professions that are actually highly valued or needed by society. Do they all agree? What do they think is glamorous or unglamorous and what does this say about the individual?

The children could write down what sorts of qualities and attributes it takes for a person to follow an individual path.

Explore the dimension of 'blogging' about her career experiences - what does she gain and what do others gain from her blogging?

How is blogging used positively in other fields? The class could discuss what kind of person might be suited to this type of work.

The key message is "If you don’t listen, you won’t learn" - what do the children think this means and how can this message help them?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Modern Studies at KS2 in England and Wales, 2nd level in Scotland.