The School: Becontree Primary

Enterprise skills are important for the students at Becontree Primary School in Barking and Dagenham. This is the second year in a row that they have been committed to enterprise education, which they have developed through a range of Lesson-Time Projects, employer visits to top business across London and whole-school Challenge Days. Some of their students were lucky enough to put their Working in a Team skills to the test in the real world of work last term at French bank Societe Generale. Building on the success from last year’s Double Challenge Day, today was the chance for the whole school, from Nursery through to Year 6, to take part in an entire week of enterprise, this time focusing on Problem Solving and Using Imagination.

The Challenge: Future Transport

A special assembly kicked off the day at Becontree today: Ronnie the robot has been sent back from the year 3030 on the hunt for transport designers for the future. The year 3030 looks very different, with environments that the current transport of 2017 will no longer be suitable for. Ice cities, desert expanses, busy urban areas and toxic jungles all required a new form of transport for the people of the future. The students quickly worked together in their teams to analyse the future environments and think about current transport features. They then shared their ideas and creativity to come up with a brand new type of transport.

The Results:

Students across the school showed excellent teamwork by taking turns, listening to each other and ensuring they all took responsibility for their tasks. It was amazing to see how students in all year groups kept refining their ideas the more they talked through their designs with their team members. Their creativity was inspired from all areas, which resulted in some outstanding vehicles, adapted accordingly for the new futuristic environments. There was a range of hybrid vehicles in all classes at Becontree and their projects were ambitious, proving that Aiming High had no limits for them. The resilience they showed was testament to their Staying Positive even when the teams were put under tight deadlines.

What they said:

  • ” It’s not just about the activities, it’s also about all the Problem Solving!” – Teacher, Year 4
  • “This morning there was one boy who just wouldn’t join in, but now he’s contributing and working with the rest of the team – fantastic!” – Support staff, Reception
  • ” I’ve been really impressed: they’ve been really innovative, refining their designs and helping each other.” – Teacher, Year 4
  • “They have worked better together today than on their last project, especially some of the children who carried some of the skills through since their trip to Liverpool Street.” – Teacher, Year 5
  • “The most difficult part when the parts of our vehicle wouldn’t stick together, but I asked my team if they could help and now I feel positive again.” – Student, Year 5
  • “I like doing this because I did it with my friends!” – Student, Year 1

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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