The School: Becontree Primary School

Becontree Primary School, based in the Borough of Barking and Dagenham, are in their first year of developing their students’ Enterprise Skills. They have experienced trips to a range of business employers, as well as Lesson-Time Projects such as ‘Design Company’ where students have designed their own range of customised T-shirts. Today the whole school decided to take on a double challenge: while Key Stage 1 were stretching their Working in a Team skills in their card-manufacturing companies, Key Stage 2 honed in on Problem Solving in a thrilling Crime Scene Challenge.

The KS1 & EYFS Challenge: Greeting Cards

Infants at Becontree were enthusiastic about taking on the role
of entrepreneurs for the day. They were set the task of designing and making a range of greeting cards which their teams then needed to sell back to their teachers. The challenge required them to stretch their Problem Solving skills as they had limited resources, and their Working in a Team was equally put to the test as they to stick to tight deadlines.

The KS2 Challenge: Crime Scene

Meanwhile the aspiring investigators in Key Stage 2 worked in their detective teams all day to close in on the ‘Sugar Snatcher’ – a character in disrepute who has been going round all schools in the UK, stealing their entire chocolate and sweet supplies. The children were in shock when Detective Chantelle broke the news in Assembly, but they couldn’t wait to start investigating, collecting and analysing all the evidence they had against the shortlisted suspects.

The Results:

It was clear that the budding entrepreneurs from Key Stage 1 had been Using Imagination at the highest standard as the cards they created ranged from a variety of topics and designs. Teams then confidently presented their report back to school adults and EE staff with great confidence. The adults were spoilt for choice when it came to praising their enterprise skills and maximum effort all day. Similarly, the investigators in Key Stage 2 had impressed teachers by effectively Working in a Team – scoreboards in every classroom were full of points to reward their critical thinking and mature speaking skills when Sharing Ideas and Listening Carefully. Despite their mixed views on the possible culprits which leaded to intense debate in parts, teams were proud of Staying Positive and stretching their skills beyond what they had ever imagined.

What they said:

  • “It was a really good day and children have taken a lot from it. I think working in their mixed teams across the year group was a real success: we have strong leaders who are now listening to others a lot more.” – Teacher, Year 5
  • “Even children who with either a language barrier or behaviour issues have contributed just as much as everyone else. It’s a massive step up!” – Teacher, Year 6
  • “Our strongest skill today was Problem Solving because we put together all the pieces of evidence and it added up quite well.” – Student, Year 6

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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