The School: St Marys & St Johns CE School

Based in Barnet, St Mary’s and St John’s are a long-standing partner of Enabling Enterprise in their third year of developing their students’ business and enterprise skills. Thanks to a range of Lesson-Time Projects and Business trips – including to a top law firm recently – students have already set the bar high in terms of teamwork and problem-solving skills.
With last year’s challenge day still in mind, today two Key Stages decided to take on two stretching challenges that would put their enterprise skills to the test. Let’s how they got on.

The KS2 Challenge: Crime Scene

Eager Year 5 and 6 students at SMSJ began the day with a police briefing from Detective Daisy, who told them about the ‘Sugar Snatcher’ and the crime that was committed. All the chocolate had been stolen from the school, and urgent help was needed to catch the ‘Sugar Snatcher’. Students took on the role of new recruits for the police as their challenge set off with a range of evidence to collect and analyse. They had to work in teams to problem-solve all day and decide who the culprit was.

The KS3 Challenge: Greeting Cards

Year 7 and 8 students dived into their challenge for the day: to set up their own card-manufacturing companies by designing, making and selling greetings cards in competition with other teams in their class. They had to work with limited resources and within very tight deadlines pushing most teams to Aim High. Students collaborated to test out different strategies in their production lines as well as their negotiations in order to maximise their potential profits. It was evident that the level of entrepreneurship was quite high, and teachers awarded countless enterprise points all day.

The Results:

Throughout both challenges, teams impressed teachers and EE staff alike with their Sharing Ideas and Presenting skills as the day culminated in a round of very professional presentations. Each team of entrepreneurs from Years 7 and 8 delivered a persuasive pitch in a bid to convince their teachers and peers to vote for their card company, some of them showing clearly how they were able to Stay Positive despite not making a profit. Meanwhile, the would-be CSIs in Years 5 and 6 demonstrated critical thinking by justifying their interpretation of the most compelling pieces of evidence they had selected. This led to some intense debates in parts, but it wasn’t until the next day that the enterprising police recruits would find out if Stephen the Case Officer could take their investigation to court.

What they said:

  • “The students were left to get on with the challenge and learn from their own mistakes which was made clear through their honest reflections at the end of the day. They soon realised that without pulling together as a team and communicating effectively their company wasn’t going to succeed.’’ – Teacher, St Mary’s and St John’s
  • “We split the jobs up so we could work more quickly as a team and our leader was great at pushing us, he was positive and made us laugh to keep us going.” – Year 8 Student, St Mary’s and St John’s
  • “With my team we looked at all the clues to see if Hansel was guilty or innocent, so I think we were good at problem solving.” – Year 5 Student, St Mary’s and St John’s

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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