The School: St Mary’s Priory Infant and Junior School

Located in Haringey, St Mary’s Priory are in their second year of working with Enabling Enterprise. This year the whole school have decided to put their students’ Enterprise Skills to the test in a series of Challenge Days that would stretch both their creativity and teamwork skills. After excelling at Using Imagination in their Greetings Card Challenge, then Problem Solving on a memorable Crime Scene earlier this year, it was now time for students to combine all their skills and apply them in a forward-thinking challenge.

The Challenge: Future Transport

Ronny the Robot travelled from the future back to 2016 to set students with the task of researching, designing and building a brand new form of transport for the year 3030, when there will be lots of different environments to contend with. With this collaborative challenge at hand, students worked in their teams to share their imaginative ideas and design the most original forms of transport. Teams developed very inventive prototypes made from recycled materials, with careful consideration for mobility, functionality and external aspects too.

The Results:

Throughout the day everyone contributed to delivering a stunning prototype which was produced within tight deadlines thanks to effective teamwork. Students impressed school adults and EE staff with how they applied cross-curricular learning: their shape and space knowledge from Maths was coupled with DT and Science knowledge to create their incredibly thoughtful and futuristic designs. Students shared ideas effectively, used their imaginations and at the end of the day they delivered professional presentations showing off their prototypes.

What they said:

  • “I was surprised by their ability to delegate and to organise themselves.” – Teacher, Year 5
  • “They’re all involved and it’s good for their independence. It’s very much a team effort with a lot of collaboration. I like the fact that they know what they’re doing and there is no restriction on their imaginations.” – Support Staff, Year 6
  • “They worked with each other much better this time, getting their ideas across and it’s not necessarily the stronger characters who are leading this time, which is great to see! ” – Teacher, Year 6
  • “This is really good for their creativity – we should do more of this: I’m enjoying it myself!” – Support Staff, Year 3
  • “We had many ideas today. Last time we kept arguing but today we kept everyone happy in the team by using a bit of everybody’s ideas and we had a good leader.” – Student, Year 5
  • “Today we were really good at listening to each other and we didn’t shout. Also, we were good at making things up: we used our imagination a lot.” – Student, Year 2

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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