The Schools: Orchard, Hoxton Garden, Southwold and Randal Cremer Primary Schools

Students from Years 4 to 6 from these four Hackney primary schools had the chance to put their enterprise skills to the test at Higgins Construction in London on a very special competition day.

The Business: Higgins

Higgins Group is an award winning, family run construction company with over 50 years experience in major housing developments. Throughout London and South East the company currently has 27 live projects ranging from £5million to £150million.

The Challenge: Brilliant Builds

After quizzing the volunteers about their jobs and working life, the students put on their special hard hats and high visibility jackets and had the chance to go up onto the viewing deck to survey the construction site, then meet one of the site managers to find out more about how buildings are built. After this, the teams were set their challenge: in the area of Bogsby there is a brownfield site which each team had to redevelop to suit the community needs. Students impressed adults in the room with their ability to work in a team and use their problem-solving skills to decide which types of building the people of Bogsby needed.

The Results:

Each team thought of some really creative ideas, such as multi-use spaces for all members of the community to enjoy, a library, café and garden areas. They were even set the additional task of ensuring that their development was environmentally friendly which they addressed by including solar panels and bins. After lunch, the students then had to make a model of their redeveloped site out of limited materials to show off their fantastic ideas. This required excellent teamwork and leadership to ensure the model was finished on time. At the end of the day, the teams impressed the Higgins judges with their clear and well-reasoned presentations about what they would do with the Bogsby site. It was fantastic to see every student speaking so confidently about what they had achieved and the enterprise skills they had used throughout the day.

What they said:

  • “The children were really engaged from the start of the day until the end” – Teacher, Orchard Primary
  • “I think the day has been an excellent opportunity for the children to practice and build upon their communication, team work and problem solving skills” – Teacher, Orchard Hoxton Garden
  • “It’s been a real introduction to the world of work. We all get set targets and deadlines and to get to experience that here is a great opportunity” – Volunteer, Higgins
  • “It’s been really interesting to meet the builders and people that work here to find out how they solve problems in their jobs” – Student, Southwold
  • “I’ve really enjoyed working in a team like this. It’s a competition but it doesn’t really matter if we win because we’re having so much fun!” – Student, Randal Cremer

Thanks to Higgins for such a great trip day, and to Orchard, Hoxton Garden, Southwold and Randal Cremer Primary Schools for coming along.

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