The School: Laurel Lane Primary

Laurel Lane Primary have worked with Enabling Enterprise for the past three years. Students have already completed the Crime Scene Challenge and have worked in teams to complete various Lesson-Time Projects such as ‘Gallery Opening’ and ‘Big Business Challenge’ during last year’s summer Enterprise Week. Very excitingly, the school were recently awarded the Mayor’s Fund for London School of the Year 2016, an award that recognises the schools’ positive impact on the social mobility of young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds. In particular, the school was cited for the work that they do to provide extra opportunities for their children.

The Challenge: Operation Moonbase

Students stretched their Working in a Team skills through a series of activities to set up a new society on a distant planet. Students needed to take on the role of recruitment managers, designers, architects, builders and advertising executives to complete the task.

In Early Years, students were Using their Imagination to choose a new space crew, design astronaut costumes and complete their very own space passports. In the Primary year groups, students used different modelling techniques to build a scale model of their new city and designed new species of animal that would help their new society to thrive.

The Results:

Throughout the day, it was brilliant to see the Laurel Lane students working together so effectively by encouraging each other and making sure they Listened Carefully to each member of their team. It was also impressive to see the students’ imagination in action as they designed and built very creative Moonbases!

What they said:

  • “It’s fantastic to see the whole school involved, especially Early Years. They will be going home tonight and discussing this with their brothers and sisters, and it’s so exciting for them that they have been working on the same challenge.” – Teacher, Year 1
  • “I always dream about being an astronaut and going to space… and today I get to do it!” – Student, Reception
  • “I have just been in to see Year 1 and was very impressed with their thinking skills as well as their building skills. The children have been very excited across the school and I keep hearing talk of rockets!” – Headteacher

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 or visiting enablingenterprise.org

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