The School: Phoenix High School

Phoenix High School located in Hammersmith & Fulham is in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Year 8 students had the chance to develop their enterprise skills such as teamwork and creativity on their exciting Challenge Day where they had to set up a brand new society on a distant planet.

The Challenge: Operation Moonbase

In Operation Moonbase students are tasked with building a new society thinking about what jobs we will need, what new laws should be created and how the city should be mapped out. The Year 8 Phoenix High students had to use their teamwork skills when they were deciding which 5 people they should send to the new planet, as well as their problem-solving skills to weigh up the pros and cons of these people’s different jobs and skills. Teams then had to use their creativity to design a brand new hybrid animal that would help people on Utopia, either by providing food, warmth or protection.

The Results:

After lunch the Year 8 students began planning and building their Utopian city. It was great to see teams really develop their teamwork skills over the course of this task with teams delegating roles to team members, being supportive of one another and helping others when they had finished their own task. At the end of the day students had to present their new society to the class and it was brilliant to see some student really rise to this challenge and present confidently and persuasively.

What they said:

  • “It’s really interesting to see them in a different context to my normal subject lesson with them and watch them interact. Different students have stood out today that don’t normally.” – Teacher
  • “I don’t usually get on with or talk to the people in my team but we’ve got much better at working together today especially when we were building the city and we didn’t have much time.” – Student, Year 8

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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