The School: Cranford Primary School

From the London Borough of Hounslow, Cranford Primary School are in their fourth year of developing core Enterprise Skills. They have done this expertly during Lesson-Time Projects, Challenge Days such as ‘Crime Scene’ earlier this year, and employer visits to see those all-important skills in action in the world of work. Today was a great opportunity for a group of Year 5 students to hone their communication skills whilst Sharing Ideas. Let’s see how they got on.

The Business: Gumtree, Richmond

Gumtree is the UK’s largest website for local community classified advertisements and is one of the top 30 websites in the UK, receiving 14.8 million monthly unique visitors. Today a range of volunteers from different sections of the business were on hand to help all teams stretch their Problem Solving skills. The offices are held within Gumtree’s parent company eBay, and so the students were keen to impress by Aiming High in this exciting technological challenge.

The Challenge: Tech-xperts

The Year 5 students were split into teams, ready to become app developers for the day. First, they looked at how computers use algorithms to complete tasks, which formed the foundation for their later development decisions as they chose a communication problem to solve by designing a new app. They also conducted some crucial market research thanks to a tour of the premises (including a live video conference call to France!) and by quizzing the Gumtree employees about the technology they already use and the problems they might like to be solved more efficiently at work. Once the aspiring developers had decided on a solution, the teams drew up designs for the app and devised the special functions and features that would make their app stand out in this very competitive market.

The Results:

Working to tight deadlines, the students looked at how they could most effectively share their ideas to convince the judges at the end of the day. The CTO (Chief Technical Officer) was eager to hear how the budding entrepreneurs could showcase their creativity in the Dragons’ Den-style round of presentations that followed. All the teams did a great job at pitching their ideas: they rose to the challenge with a range of forward-thinking solutions, making the judges’ decision difficult when it came to picking a winning team.

What they said:

  • “The tour around Gumtree was very insightful and exciting for all the children, and I think they gained a lot from making connections with the real world.” – Teacher, Cranford Primary
  • “I can’t remember ever doing that sort of thing when I was 9 years old. It was great fun!” – Volunteer, Gumtree
  • “I like how their perception of the workplace has been challenged after today.” – Volunteer, Gumtree
  • “Your presenting skills were fantastic and I think we could implement your ideas in a real project for us here.” – Volunteer, Gumtree
  • “When we went to present I was really nervous, but I told myself to be confident and stay positive. Plus, I knew I had my team with me, and the volunteers told us today that they find things easier to deal with when they are with a team.” – Student, Cranford Primary

Thanks to Gumtree for such a great trip day, and to Year 5 from Cranford Primary School for coming along and making it so memorable.

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