THE task of training youngsters for high-tech jobs that are yet to be invented is a tricky one.

But Hagbourne CE Primary School near Didcot has embraced the challenge, and has even championed the cause in its school motto.

Annette Crewe, headteacher of the 206-pupil school in East Hagbourne, said: “Our strapline is ‘preparing children for their future in an ever-changing world’.

“Our vision came from a video about jobs around the world that didn’t used to be around.

“We don’t know what’s out there but we have got to prepare them.”

The school keenly advocates technology and internet safety.

It has more than 60 Chromebook laptops for pupils to use during certain classes, and one member of the teaching staff is a ‘Google-accredited’ teacher.

Mrs Crewe said: “It all links to preparing children for the future and inspiring them about the jobs out there.”

When the Oxford Mail visited, pupils were moulding Play-Doh to represent different parts of the brain, as part of an annual school science event called ‘brain awareness day’.

Mrs Crewe said: “The whole school takes part in learning about their brain.

“We take the Year 6 children to the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity as a follow-up to that.

“They see the brain in action and see one of the researchers have an MRI scan - it’s amazing.”

The school also encourages pupils to improve wellbeing, and children get to take part in daily relaxation to calm down after lunch.

Pupils learn deep breathing techniques and even take part in yoga classes every Monday.

Mrs Crewe said: “When they leave this school we want them to have a toolkit of skills.

“We don’t want them to be thrown by a stressful moment, we want them to use the toolkit in their heads to help them de-stress.”

The school shares a ‘physical education technician’ with Northbourne CE Primary School in Didcot, and the schools pool their PE funding to increase the quality of sports provision.

It has its own swimming pool, which pupils have access to during the warmer months.

At the Hagbourne’s heart, Mrs Crewe said, lie four core values: care, courage, respect and responsibility.