The School: William Patten Primary School, Hackney

Today, William Patten Primary School took part in their first Enabling Enterprise challenge day after five of their students won the Hackney Enterprise Competition at UBS earlier this year. William Patten Primary School is keen to develop skills across the curriculum and already uses project links with arts organisations to help the students develop their creativity. Their ethos aims to help students understand their role as members of a school and value their potential in contributing to the wider community, which Enabling Enterprise is supporting through Challenge Days, Lesson-Time Projects and trips to businesses.

The Challenge: Operation Moonbase

At the start of the day, students from Year 4 and Year 5 gathered in the hall to hear their challenge brief: to design a new society for another planet in preparation for the world’s end! They thought carefully about things they are already good at and skills they would like to improve.

Back in class, students got into teams and worked together to choose the best crew by analysing the pros and cons of different career specialists in helping them to establish their new moon colony. Then they used lots of imagination to create brand new species of animals to live with them on Utopia and support civilians in their new lives. Finally, students applied their problem solving skills to design and build giant city maps to show off their ideas for how different buildings might be useful to a new society.

The Results:

The day was a fantastic introduction to the 8 challenge skills, all of which were essential throughout the different activities. In particular, the students learnt a lot about the importance of teamwork, as they quickly realised that this would be the key to their success. They realised the value of different team members and how different ideas could be combined for an even better outcome whilst designing their animal, they developed strategies to be inclusive of quieter members during discussion to choose their crew, and they practised leading, delegating and helping others to ensure they all had roles during their building activities.

What they said:

  • “It’s been great to see their teamwork develop through the day. The variety of challenges has allowed every child to explore their strengths and discover what they can contribute to the team.” – Teacher, Year 4
  • ”It was really difficult to choose a winning team, they were all really good.” – Judge, Year 6
  • “We were all really proud of our animal because it contained a bit of everyone’s ideas combined together.” – 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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