The School: Montpelier Primary School

At Montpelier Primary in Ealing, students have been developing their Enterprise Skills for the second year running through a range of Challenge Days, Lesson-Time Projects and business trip to employers. 24 hours before taking on a whole-school challenge, Year 4 were under the spotlight as they put their creativity and teamwork to the test in the world of work.

The Business: London Business School

London Business School offers world-class business masters and non-masters for postgraduates, giving them the advantage of global links and international recognition. Their programmes have been given the accolade of being amongst the world’s best, according to the Financial Times. Today, a range of LBS Student Ambassadors were on hand to help the aspiring entrepreneurs hone in on Problem Solving and Using Imagination. Let’s see how they got on.

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

Students were set the exciting task of designing a brand new gadget for the LBS adults in order to make their lives easier. They dived straight into some crucial market research at London Business School, touring the premises, exploring lecture halls and open spaces all the while finding out which gadgets the LBS adults currently enjoy using. To do this well, the children worked together, Listening Carefully and making notes from the information they collected. Bursting with enthusiasm, the inventors were soon ready to design their gadget, factoring in its appearance, size and special features.

The Results:

Teams aimed high to generate a range of innovative gadgets, from an auto-adjustable supersmart bracelet that can handle infinite storage on course materials, to a multi-function robot that helped with travels to and within the campus. As the adults in the room turned into judges, the teams of inventors took on the role of advertising aces pitching their gadget in the most persuasive ways. The Trade Fair was thriving with exciting ideas and confident speakers. At the end of the day, students had placed the bar so high it was hard for our LBS judges to decide which invention from Montpelier was the most imaginative and the most useful.

What they said:

  • “The day was well planned and well structured. Thanks to today’s experience children have developed the skill of Working in a Team and they have learnt to stay positive when dealing with a problem.” – Teacher, Montpelier Primary
  • “I was impressed with their great ideas and creativity, and also the fact that they wanted to make a positive contribution and have an impact on the community.” – Volunteer, London Business School
  • “This was a learning experience for me because as far as their imagination goes, they are no barriers for them and that’s taught me a lot.” – Volunteer, London Business School
  • “What I really liked was how they showed their sensitivity: how they were emotionally intelligent to include everyone, the good strategies they used to get all involved – even the more energetic characters had channelled their strong leadership by the end of the day so that the whole team came together in a more balanced way.” – Volunteer, London Business School
  • “The best part today was designing our gadget and working in a team. I don’t think there’s anything Enabling Enterprise could improve because everything is awesome!” – Student, Montpelier Primary

Thanks to London Business School for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 from Montpelier Primary School for coming along.

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