The Schools: Old Moat Community Primary School and Crab Lane Primary School

Today two schools became six teams as Crab Lane’s Year 4s and Old Moat Primary School’s Year 6s came together to support each other in a tough construction based challenge. The children were very excited, taking in their grand, new surroundings and immersing themselves in a world of Enterprise skills. The focuses for the day were Leading and Sharing Ideas.

The Business: Laing O’Rourke, Manchester

As the largest privately owned construction company in the world, Laing O’Rourke have worked on world famous buildings such as The Sydney Opera House, The Palm Resort, Dubai and London Heathrow Airport. In Manchester, the company boasts projects such as the Etihad Stadium extension, the Metrolink construction and projects for both The University of Manchester and Manchester Airport. Today they welcomed a new challenge with 30 Manchester pupils attending their offices for an action packed day.

The Challenge: Brilliant Builds

The children were challenged to design and create a model for the redevelopment of a Brownfield site in the town of ‘Bogsby’. Thinking about the impact on the community as well as the environment, the children used skills such as Using Imagination and Working in a Team, to begin to create their team’s vision of a winning construction. Aiming High, the children began to create fantastic models and designs for their innovative projects, Problem Solving and Staying Positive as they faced more tasks and trails along the way.

The Results:

The day culminated in an exciting carousel of business pitches to the volunteers from Laing O’Rourke. As judges, they were blown away by the Presenting skills of all of the children. With a much younger cohort, you may have expected the children of Crab Lane to be somewhat overshadowed; far from it. The Year 4s aimed high and stayed positive when things became tricky. The leadership skills of Old Moat’s year 6s developed dramatically throughout the day as they began to support the members of their team to reach their potential. All children showed incredible teamwork by ensuring that everyone had a job, no one was left behind and that they met their goals as a team. Well done!

What they said:

  • “The Children gained confidence and real world experience. They were given a chance to be inventive and creative and were able to make decisions independently.” – Teacher, Old Moat Primary School
  • “Great interaction between the children and EE; the process and the structure of the day was brilliant. So much was fit into the day and the children learned so many skills!” – Volunteer, Laing O’Rourke
  • “At the beginning of the day we were quiet and worried and at the end we were really sharing ideas.” – Year 4 pupil, Crab Lane
  • “I am actually proud of my leadership because normally it’s all about me and this time I tried to include everyone ” – Year 6 Pupil, Old Moat

Thanks to Laing O’Rourke for such a great trip day, and to Years 6 and 4 from Old Moat Community Primary School and Crab Lane Primary School for coming along.

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