The Schools: Longlands Primary School and Curwen Primary & Nursery School

Longlands Primary School in Bexley is an Enabling Enterprise Primary School. This year they are developing key enterprise skills in their students through projects such as ‘Food Glorious Food’ and ‘Postal Service’. More recently, they also put their skills to the test on a Crime Scene investigation. Curwen Primary and Nursery School in Newham are also developing key enterprise skills in their students through projects, trips and Challenge Days. They have been doing this over the past five years and their latest Big Sell-Off event was testament to their expertise in that field.

Today, Year 5 students from both schools were Working in a Team to complete a range of challenging tasks. Let’s find out how they got on.

The Business: DNV GL, London

DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. They provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. They are an ideal business partner for today’s challenge with such a wide range of jobs and workers in offices across the world. Six volunteers worked with the Year 5 students today and helped them to understand more about the business and its operations.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

The students began the day researching the business and the different jobs there. DNV GL later revealed they were looking to hire three highly skilled candidates to fill vacancies in their workforce. After interviewing the volunteers and considering their perfect employee, the students set up their own human resources departments to research and hire the best candidates for the job. The students needed to use their Problem Solving and Leading skills to research and understand the roles, before hiring the three best candidates.

The Results:

Each team Aimed High and Stayed Positive as they undertook the challenge to research the job descriptions for the three job roles. They used their Problem Solving skills to choose the best candidates and then began on their persuasive presentations. The pitches impressed the judges who commented on the excellent skill development they had seen throughout the day. All teams managed to pick the best three candidates and were very satisfied with the outcome.

What they said:

  • “The children were motivated and all had a part to play within their groups.” – Teacher, Curwen Primary & Nursery School
  • “The difference between the student interactions at the start of the day and the end of the day was amazing. They worked together with much more energy later in the day.” – Volunteer, DNV GL
  • “The presentations were challenging and it was great meeting new friends!” – Student, Longlands Primary School

Thanks to DNV GL for such a great trip day, and to Year 5 from Longlands and Curwen Primary Schools for coming along.

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