The School: Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, Birmingham

In the second year of working with Enabling Enterprise, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, located in Kitts Green, Birmingham, chose to continue embedding the all-important Enterprise Skills across the curriculum with a focused challenge day, especially for their aspiring Year 6 entrepreneurs. After a most successful Going Live Lesson Time Project and Moonbase Challenge Day whilst in Year 5 last year, expectations of these 10 and 11 year olds were high from the outset.

The Challenge: A Day in Politics

For the second year running, Year 6 Teacher and Assistant Head, Sarah Cahill had planned in the Challenge Day for Year 6, to enthuse and motivate the class as they embark upon a cross curricular project focussing on British values and culture. This will culminate with an eagerly anticipated trip to The House of Commons. The EE Challenge Day was the ideal opportunity to reinforce the expectations for the year group in terms of working in a team and staying positive when problems arise.

The Results:

With a professional attitude, teams quickly set about gaining enterprise points as they considered what is meant by democracy and became more familiar with the political system. A debate really got the new politicians listening carefully and sharing ideas, before considering a budget and how best to spend it for the benefit of their local community. As manifestos were agreed the teams turned their attentions to creating campaign materials, ready for an exciting hustings. With Senior Leadership and Governors coming along to cast a vote, it was clear the political parties wanted to persuade the electorate. Who would win the vote?

What they said:

  • “I actually enjoyed presenting at the hustings…I really did. I have surprised myself. I can do it!” – Student, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School.
  • “Our team have had to listen to each other, share ideas and stay positive when
    we couldn’t agree how to spend our budget. It was a good challenge!” – Student, Our Lady’’s Catholic Primary School.
  • ” This has been a fantastic day. I am so glad I was here to work with the children. They have been so engaged.” – Teaching assistant, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School.
  • “The children have clearly been enthused by the day. What a super introduction to politics and our political system. ” – Governor, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School.

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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