The School: William Tyndale Primary School

Students from Year 4 at William Tyndale Primary School have already been exploring their enterprise skills, both through lesson time projects and in their Challenge Day where they set up a new civilisation on the moon! The students were looking forward to putting these skills into practice in an enterprise challenge when they visited the offices of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

The Business: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. They do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. They make grants of £30 – £35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change. They also operate a £26 million Finance Fund which invests in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit.

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

The students were set the challenge of designing a gadget to help the employees at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The students would have to work in small teams, share their ideas and solve a specific problem to complete their brief. The first step for the teams was to reconnoitre the offices and find out the day-to-day challenges the employees faced. Having done some preliminary research they were able to start their designs.

The Results:

The teams did a great job of Listening Carefully to each other’s ideas. By the end of the day every team had a unique product that they were able to take to a trade fair and present to volunteers from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The judges had a very difficult time deciding on who they felt had the ideal gadget for them, but were eventually able to decide on a relaxing chair design which they felt had aimed very high in the brief.

What they said:

  • “Tasks changed quickly and the children were all focussed on the task all day” – Staff, William Tyndale
  • “They distributed the jobs really well which meant they had a super smooth presentation.” – Volunteer, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
  • “You do better when you work together and share ideas, five brains are better than one!” – Student, William Tyndale

Thanks to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 at William Tyndale 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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