The School: Newport Primary

Children in Years 2-6 at Newport Primary School in Leyton, kicked off the new school year with their first ever Challenge Day. The students have previously participated in various lesson time projects across the school and are now working with Enabling Enterprise to embed the core Challenge Skills across their curriculum.

The Challenge: A Day in Politics

Students started off the day with an assembly introducing them all to their thrilling challenge. They set out by masterminding team names before testing their knowledge of politics in a short quiz. Soon after, Key Stage 1 children began thinking about areas within society they wanted to help. Key Stage 2 pupils took it a step further by focusing on hot topics for debate. This gave them the opportunity to formulate ideas either for or against a specific topic before using voting as a tool for fair decision making.

The Results:

Overall, every class impressed their teacher with the ability to effectively communicate ideas they felt passionate about. The teams across the school thought carefully about how different areas within society could be improved before practising persuasive speeches to be used in their end of day hustings. Many pupils showed they could aim high to be the most successful party in their class and it was clear their knowledge of politics deepened over the day.

What they said:

  • “It’s been a great way to start off the year. I’ve been able to stand back and watch the children work in teams. It was also a good idea to change the skill focus throughout the day.’’ – Teacher, Newport Primary
  • “We used to argue when we had to work together but now we are learning how to work better as a team.’’ – Student, Newport Primary

Well done to everyone who was involved.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us.

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