The School: Priestmead Primary School

Last half-term Priestmead Primary School, located in Harrow, kicked off their exciting 3-year enterprise programme with a whole-school Challenge Day where students set the bar high despite this being their first year of developing the Enterprise Skills. Today a lucky few Year 4 would-be barristers travelled to central London to put their Listening Carefully and Problem Solving skills to the test. Let’s see how they got on.

The Business: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, London

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a leader among international law firms, providing business law advice of the highest quality throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US. Today volunteer Charlotte and Lisa were on hand to help the budding entrepreneurs find out more about law, then run the mock trials at Hogwarts School.

The Challenge: Listen Up Lawyers

Students from Priestmead dived straight into their law challenge by exploring the fantastic premises at Freshfields. Then they were set the challenge to work in teams representing law firms for the day, to act as either the prosecution or defence for some of their favourite Harry Potter characters. This task called upon the students to analyse multiple pieces of evidence and to listen carefully to each other’s ideas in order to decide what the best arguments were, and which pieces of evidence were most relevant to back up their case.

The Results:

Teams Aimed High to bring the best case to trial. Presenting their case in court, both defence and prosecution proved they had built strong arguments, making the task trickier than ever for the jury to come to a unanimous verdict. Both Draco and Hermione were found guilty, whilst charges against Harry were dropped. After announcing an appropriate sentence for our guilty characters, Freshfields volunteer judge Lisa had the trickier task to decide which team impressed her the most. It is fair to say the adults in the room had nothing but praise for the students’ speaking and listening skills as well as their teamwork.

What they said:

  • “It was very well organised. Children loved the day. The activities were engaging and appropriate to their age. Plus, I liked the fact that there was some differentiation for the more able to take on the more difficult case.” – Teacher, Priestmead Primary
  • “I really liked the children’s enthusiasm. I would definitely recommend this trip to my colleagues.” – Volunteer, Freshfields
  • “We had to use our problem-solving skills today so we could guess what the other team might say and use it to win our case.” – Student, Priestmead Primary

Thanks to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for such a great trip day, and to Priestmead Primary School for coming along.

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