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Introducing primary pupils to the world of work

How to guides
BGE Second Level
Use our primary teacher how to guides to help start discussions with your class about the world of work.

For primary teachers, we’ve developed a set of resources for you and your pupils. 

They’re simple to use and will help you bring careers into your lessons. 

The tools

We’ve created 4 different tools for primary 5 to 7 pupils to interact with.  

Animal Me  

A fun quiz that lets pupils explore their personality. At the end of the quiz, they’ll be assigned an animal. This will give them some ideas about the types of careers that might suit them. 

My Interests  

Pupils can find out how their interests and likes can guide them when they’re making decisions. Their results will give them some ideas about jobs they might be interested in for the future. 

Skills Story  

An interactive story learning tool that lets pupils find out about and use different types of skills.  


After completing the other tools, pupils can write statements about their personality, interests and skills in their profile. This can be downloaded and shared with others.  

These tools are designed for use throughout the Second level. They’ll support delivery of the Career Education Standard and introduce Career Management Skills. 

How to use the tools within My World of Work Primary

To start using the tools with your class, you'll need to register as a primary teacher on My World of Work. Once registered, you'll see a link in your account area to register your class. 

If you cannot see the link to register your class, check your account settings and make sure your role is set to a 'primary school teacher'. 

On the manage class page you can:  

  • create or edit classes and add pupils – you can add pupils to your class manually or download our spreadsheet template, fill in your pupil’s details and upload it to add them all at once
  • remove pupils from a class and add them to another class 
  • reset pupils’ access PIN codes 
  • move classes forward a year by changing the class name and level 
  • invite colleagues to work with your class  
  • set up a school administrator who can help manage your classes 
  • access the tools for yourself and view pupil progress 

Setting up a new class

For primary teachers, you can watch our how to video guide on setting up a class within your account.  

Sometimes you may have pupils with the same name. They’ll need a differential to identify with – a middle initial can be a good idea for example, James G and James F.  

Pupil access to My World of Work Primary

You'll need to register your class first. Pupils should go to

Their default passcode will be 1234. They'll be asked to update this the first time they log in. 

If the pupils are using the same computer as you to access the tools, remember to log out of your own My World of Work account before they try to log in. 

The activities

To support the use of the digital tools and to allow you to explore even more aspects of work with your pupils, we’ve also created a set of teaching activities. 

You can find these on the teaching resources page and filtering by 'Second level'. 

Pupil transfer to their teacher for next year

If you’re transferring pupils to their teacher for next year, there’s a few things you’ll need to check.  

  1. You have registered the pupils within their classes, for example – primary 5a pupils are all in one class named ‘Primary 5a’.  
  2. Their teachers are registered on My World of Work as primary teachers and are using their school email address. 

Both of these steps will need to be completed before you can continue with transferring your class to their new teacher.  

To transfer your class to their new teacher, follow these steps:  

  1. within your My World of Work account, click on the ‘Manage Classes’ tab 
  2. select the first class you want to assign to a teacher by selecting on the class name 
  3. select ‘Class settings’ 
  4. to transfer the class from your account to another teach, select ‘Transfer ownership’ under the ‘Class owner’ section and then enter the teacher’s email address 
  5. let your colleague know you’ve transferred their class to them and ask them to log into their account to check they have visibility of the class  

Pupil transition from P7 to S1

For P7 teachers, you can watch our how to video guide on setting up your pupil transition within your account.