The School: Morecambe Bay Community Primary School

Morecambe Bay Primary School is located just south of the Lake District in the North West of England. The school are working with Enabling Enterprise for the second time this year, having enjoyed amazing success during Operation Moonbase last Summer.

The Challenge: Future Transport

They selected Future Transport as this term their pupils will be focusing on Machines. This Challenge Day supported the development of the pupils’ Working in a Team skills as the challenge groups were mixed ages with pupils from years 1 – 6 working together to design and create their own Future Transport. It was a fantastic opportunity for Upper Key Stage 2 pupils to practice Leading whilst Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2 students rose to the challenge of Sharing Ideas with both older and younger students.

The Results:

The atmosphere across the school was electric as the pupils got to know one another and their team spirit grew; it was clear Aiming High and Using Imagination led them to produce creative and intelligent designs. From plastic bags as hot air balloons to transport powered by dinosaurs on treadmills, the pupils were not deterred by time or budget constraints: they knew that Staying Positive and Listening Carefully to one another was the route to success. Early Years also joined in the fun and learnt all about why some materials sink whilst others float. Armed with this knowledge, Early Years set about Problem Solving and designing a bus which would float in the pond. All groups across the school were exceptionally proud of their transport proto types and enjoyed testing and evaluating their competitors work, even if choosing the eventual winner from each class was a tough choice!

What they said:

  • “I was worried about having Year 1 and Year 6 working together, that the Year 6 might not be adequately challenged by it. However, it’s worked brilliantly, the Year 6 have really taken on the role of leaders and have organised, supported and listened to the Year 1 whilst also having the opportunity to show their creativity. ” – Teacher, Year 6
  • “We worked really well as a team and managed to get our model made before the time was up. But we really wanted the Aiming High award so we used our extra time to think about how we could make our transport even better.” – Student, Year 4

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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