The Schools: Curwen Primary School and Five Elms Primary School

Curwen Primary School in Newham has worked with Enabling Enterprise as a partner school for five years, with students completing a lesson-time project in school every term. Year 5 students from Curwen were mixed into teams alongside Year 6 students from Five Elms Primary School in Barking and Dagenham. Now in their second year of working with Enabling Enterprise, students previously competed in their in-school Crime Scene challenge day.

The Business: UEL, London

The University of East London (UEL) became a university in 1992 with a heritage dating back to 1898. The university had over 19,000 students in the last academic year and has students from over 120 countries. UEL offers an inclusive research-led education, providing a transformational experience that enhances employment prospects for all students.

The Challenge: University Challenge

The mission for Curwen and Newham’s mixed teams was to use their imaginations to create a new society for the students at UEL. After a tour around the campus and the Freshers’ Fair, the students were excited to create their new clubs and encourage new students at UEL to socialise and have fun. After creating some promotional materials, the students prepared a short pitch ready for the finale!

The Results:

The students from both schools used fantastic skills, Working in a Team and Sharing Ideas, to create their societies. Their discussions led to some amazing ideas that showed great Using Imagination skills. The students thought carefully about the needs of the students and provided a variety of activities for them to take part in. There were everything from Glitterball Skydiving and to the ‘Futurist’ society, meaning that all visitors to the Freshers’ Fair had an interest covered. The teams presented with great confidence in front of the judges and encapsulated the hard work shown throughout the day. A brilliant day with fantastic results!

What they said:

  • “It was excellent to see the children develop their confidence through the day as they had to work with adults and children they’d not met before.” – Teacher, Curwen Primary School
  • “The day was great for showing the children how varied student life is.” – Volunteer, UEL
  • “I’m really proud of working with others that I didn’t know and I had lots of fun making our society. I leant that the craziest ideas are the most memorable!” – Student, Curwen Primary School

Thanks to UEL for such a great trip day, and to Years 5 and 6 from Curwen Primary School and Five Elms Primary School for coming along.

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