The School: West Hill Primary School

West Hill Primary in Wandsworth are passionate about preparing their students for the real world, to ensure they aspire to do great things. Having taken part in a Crime Scene Challenge and Lesson-Time Projects, Year 4 and Year 5 had the opportunity to put their skills to the test with an extra Challenge Day. This time they would not be working with their usual classmates, but in mixed teams of Year 4 and 5 pupils. The students used this opportunity to show themselves and their teachers how well their teamwork and resilience has come along.

The Challenge: Future Transport

Ronnie the Robot from the year 3030 has been sent back to 2016 with a special challenge – to design, make and test a new type of transport for the ever changing environments of the future. The Year 4 & Year 5 students worked in teams to analyse the different environments including an ice city and an overcrowded and polluted urban area. Using inspiration from existing modes of transport, films, books and animals, the teams designed their transport to a strict set of success criteria for space, mobility, appearance and adaptability. Using an array of junk modelling and subsequent Problem Solving tactics, the teams then created their prototypes to present to the class in the hope of scoring high on the criteria checklist.

The Results:

Teachers and students alike were so impressed with how well they worked together in their mixed year group teams, they quickly adapted to each other and were able to use the strengths in the team to ensure they achieved their best. The transport prototypes were absolutely fantastic! With aerodynamic wings, hover fans, snow shovels, adjustable seating and entertainment for the passengers: their creativity is clearly ahead of the time.

What they said:

  • “Each team have come across challenges over the day, but it’s been great to see the pupils independently sort them out.” – Teacher
  • “Today we have used a lot of Staying Positive – when we had some problems we didn’t give up.” – Student, Year 4

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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