The School: St Mary Magdalene C of E Primary School

St Mary Magdalene C of E Primary School in Peckham have been working with Enabling Enterprise for a few years and the students on the trip today were from Years 3, 4 and 5. Year 5 have already kick-started their enterprise programme this year with the project “Number Games” where students had to create a brand new educational and engaging board games for the toy shop Hamley’s.

The Business: Thames Water Hogsmill, London

Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and wastewater services company, and supplies 2.6 gigalitres of drinking water per day, and treats 4.4 gigalitres of wastewater per day. Thames Water’s 15 million customers comprise 27% of the UK population. Students were lucky enough to go on an exciting tour of the site and see how a sewage treatment plant works!

The Challenge: Watwerworks Engineers

The St Mary Magdalene students started the day by finding out a bit more about Thames Water and then they were set the challenge of coming up with an exciting name for their own engineering business as a team. The teams then had to don hard hats and safety vests before heading out on an amazing tour of the site where they saw people working in teams and using their Problem-Solving skills to fix broken pipes.

The Results:

After lunch the engineering teams were set the task of fixing a network of broken pipes so that all the customers in the local area could receive water. The St Mary Magdalene students really rose to the challenge and used their Teamwork skills to make sure everyone had a job to do and it was brilliant to see team mates helping each other out when they had a tricky problem.

What they said:

  • ”Children were engaged and interested throughout the day and they thoroughly enjoyed building their own pipe network in their teams.” – Teacher, St Mary Magdalene C of E Primary School
  • “We’ve been so impressed by your Problem-Solving skills, the Network Challenge isn’t easy and you’ve all been successful!” – Volunteer, Thames Water Hogmsill
  • “Can I come back again tomorrow?” – Student, St Mary Magdalene C of E Primary School

Thanks to Thames Water Hogsmill for such a great trip day, and to St Mary Magdalene C of E Primary School for coming along.

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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