The Schools: Surrey Square Primary

Students in Years 4 and 5 at Surrey Square Primary School in Southwark have been developing enterprise skills such as sharing ideas and listening carefully in class since Autumn 2015. So far, they have applied their Maths skills during their lesson time projects.

Year 4 students worked in teams to create their own chocolate brands, applying their knowledge of data handling, 3D shapes and calculations. Year 5 collaborated on the Number Games project, creating board games with a Maths theme for younger children. Both year groups were excited to apply their enterprise skills to a new challenge on their trip to Mitie.

The Business: Mitie, London

Founded in 1987, Mitie are a leading outsourcing company with clients including BBC Worldwide and the NHS. They work across the nation to provide expert healthcare, energy solutions, facilities management and property management.

Volunteers from different departments joined students from Surrey Square to provide expert advice throughout their challenge.

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

Students learnt that one of Mitie’s main aims is to ensure that staff have the right technology to do their jobs well. They were set the challenge of finding out about the different problems faced by Mitie employees in their day-to-day jobs. They discovered a range of challenging problems, including struggling to get up in the morning, connecting with clients worldwide, multi-tasking, spillages at desks and uncomfortable chairs.

Students then worked in teams to design gadgets to solve each of the problems. They combined their ideas together to create bright and eye-catching posters with labels to explain each detail and how it would help Mitie employees.

The Results:

Throughout the day, students were buzzing with imaginative ideas for every part of the challenge: from their creative team names, to the innovative gadgets they designed. They thought carefully about the problems faced by the Mitie staff and came up with a range of solutions before working in teams to select their final design ideas.

At the end of the day, students shared their ideas with volunteers from Mitie and one of their top clients: BBC Worldwide. They presented confidently during the Trade Fair, answering tough questions from the judges and selling their new gadgets with pride. Judges were impressed by their creativity and ability to problem solve.

What they said:

  • “The volunteers were inspiring and positive role models for the children.” – Teacher, Surrey Square Primary School
  • “It was great to see the children grow in confidence throughout the day. They were really supporting each other by letting each team member have a turn to speak.” – Volunteer, Mitie
  • “I enjoyed learning about Mitie; they help people and that’s really nice.” – Student, Surrey Square Primary School

Thanks to Mitie for such a great trip day, and to Years 4 and 5 from Surrey Square 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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