The School: Southern Road Primary School

Located in Newham, Southern Road is a large primary school in their fourth year of working with Enabling Enterprise. They have enjoyed a wide range of opportunities and experiences to practise and develop their enterprise skills: in their Lesson-Time projects, on previous Challenge Days, or more recently on a couple of business trips. The school’s ethos is to ‘work together to provide memorable learning experiences’, and so today was the perfect excuse to put their students’ enterprise skills to the test, especially Working in a Team and Using Imagination.

The Challenge: Operation Moonbase

A very special assembly set the students on a mission right at the start of the day: to create a new civilisation on a distant moon. With their imagination ‘hats’ on, they had to use their problem-solving skills to decide which crew members to take with them based on their jobs and skills. Aiming high with creativity, teams designed an animal to help people on the new moonbase, before using cross-curricular knowledge and skills to create a dream city for citizens to live in.

The Results:

Working within very tight deadlines, students took on a variety of roles as managers, designers, architects, and builders, to name a few. At the end of the day, teams prepared, rehearsed and gave persuasive presentations to showcase all of their hard work in a bid to win votes for the best ideas. Which Moonbase would their friends and teachers want to travel to?

Both school staff and EE staff witnessed such enthusiasm and increased confidence throughout the day that it was a tough job deciding which team had come up with the best plan.

What they said:

  • “Over the course of the day I have seen some team captains showing some really good leadership skills as well as problem solving skills. I was especially impressed with how people in their teams responded with maturity and stayed positive too.” – Teacher, Southern Road Primary School
  • “Today we fantastically worked hard, didn’t give up, worked as a team and shared our ideas.” – Year 5 Student, Southern Road Primary School
  • “With respect, when the adults get older, we’re going to have to take over, and this challenge has given us the opportunity to take responsibility.” – Year 6 Student, Southern Road Primary School

A huge 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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