The Schools: Lancasterian Primary and William Tyndale

Year 5 students from Lancasterian Primary School in the north of London, joined fellow Year 5 pupils from William Tyndale School in Islington, for an exciting day at the Esmée Fairbairn offices in Kings Cross. Pupils from Lancasterian have already enjoyed a taste of developing the enterprise skills as they have been working on the Active Minds projects back at school.

The Business: Esmée Fairbairn

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: Wonderful Office Workspace

The pupils began the day in teams and were immediately set the ‘World of Work’ quiz to test their understanding of the workplace. Soon after, the groups were whizzing through the Esmée Fairbairn office work area to explore the surroundings and speak to employees. Once students had a clearer understanding of what makes people happy at work they were then set their brief for the day; the Esmée Fairbairn team needed help redesigning their office space for 8 new employees. Problem Solving and Imagination skills were required for each team to create unique designs whilst also ensuring they were meeting specific points on their brief.

The Results:

Each team demonstrated a strong ability to listen to everyone’s ideas and build on their team work over the day. School adults were thoroughly impressed with the range of ideas seen on the day, especially with those teams who were able to share out tasks and ensure every member was included to get jobs done. The day ended with a ‘Designers Fair’ where each team presented their plans to Esmée Fairbairn judges. The judges were on hand to provide positive praise and feedback to groups on what they’d seen. After doing their best to persuade the two judges, the teams reflected on what their strengths had been over the day and how they might improve next time before the winning team was announced.

What they said:

  • “It’s been great to see how quick they’ve been to problem solve whenever an issue has come up within the team.’’- Teacher, Lancasterian Primary
  • “I’m amazed at how professional these presentations have been.’’ – Volunteer, Esmée Fairbairn
  • “We’ve able to work well together because we listen to each other’s ideas.’’ – Student, William Tyndale

Thanks to Esmée Fairbairn for such a great trip day, and to Year 5s from Lancasterian Primary and William Tyndale for coming along.

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