The School: Five Elms Primary School

From the borough of Barking and Dagenham, Five Elms are in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Whilst some students have successfully completed their Lesson-Time Projects, others have applied the all-important enterprise skills in the world work of work as they took part in business trips to top employers. Today was the opportunity for the whole school to stretch those skills in a double challenge that would put their teamwork to the test. Let’s see how they got on.

The Year 1-3 Challenge: Greeting Cards

To be successful in the Greetings Card Challenge the pupils had to practice Using Imagination, Sharing Ideas and Listening Carefully to one another to design an exciting and unique set of greetings cards. They then showed their expertise at Working in a Team as they collaborated in an efficient production line enabling them to make as many identical cards as possible.

The Year 4-6 Challenge: Crime Scene

It was supposed to be a regular end to the half-term, but in the early hours of that Friday morning, the Sugar Snatcher had struck Five Elms, stealing all the chocolate and sweet supplies from the school kitchen and cupboards. Urgent help was needed and the new police recruits from Years 4 to 6 came to the rescue, collecting and analysing a wide range of evidence over the course of the day. They stretched their Problem Solving beyond what they had ever imagined, and focused on Staying Positive as their investigations led to several plausible scenarios.

The Results:

Every class made very impressive greetings cards, and teams really pushed themselves to make the highest quality cards they could – one team managed to make 27 identical premium cards because of their excellent teamwork skills! Similarly, the aspiring CSIs who had been Aiming High all day walked away from their investigations with the pride to have confidently presented their reports to the Case Officer. As teams were maturely reflecting on their progress in all eight of the enterprise skills, a shock revelation was broadcast at the end of the day: one of the suspects made a confession. The case is now closed.

What they said:

  • “Today has been such a success because the Challenge Day has encouraged collaboration, and the tasks are by outcome so everybody has the opportunity to succeed. The class enjoyed it so much. Can we do one every week?” – Teacher, Year 2
  • “I was quite impressed with their use of persuasive language and presentation skills.” – Teacher, Year 6
  • “We had a really good leader in our team because she was very confident all day, she helped everybody in the group and she was telling us what to do but not in a bossy way.” – Student, Year 5

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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