The School: William Tyndale Primary School

Islington-based William Tyndale Primary School are experts in all eight of the enterprise skills. Their students hone in on a ‘skill of the month’ every month of the school year. This academic year, they are celebrating their 100th anniversary. Today, precisely on the 100th day of the school year, they whole school decided to focus on technology and forward-thinking skills for the future. Today’s challenge was therefore very fitting for students from Reception right through to Year 6 as they put their Working in a Team and Problem Solving skills to the test to design a form of transport for the future.

The Challenge: Future Transport

A special assembly kicked off the day at William Tyndale 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 require a new form of transport for the generations 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 creative ideas to come up with a brand new type of transport.

The Results:

Students across the whole school showed excellent teamwork by taking turns, especially excelling in their skill of the month, Listening Carefully 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. There was a range of hybrid vehicles in all classes at William Tyndale and their projects were ambitious, proving that they were Aiming High. The confidence and resilience they showed was testament to their Staying Positive even when the teams were put on the spot to answer questions from their audiences during the presentations.

What they said:

  • “They’re very excited, very engaged. I think today’s challenge is even more real in the sense that their ideas may very well turn into something that could be made in the future.” – Assistant Head Teacher, Year 6
  • “These days are really useful to spot how good they are at the skills. We’ve had a fantastic discussion on that in class and I was actually surprised to see who was displaying those skills within their teams.” – Teacher, Year 5
  • “If we disagreed we would put all of our ideas together then we took a vote to decide which was the best solution – that way no one could disagree.” – Student, Year 5
  • “We all did different bits, which was better because we got it finished quicker.” – Student, Year 1

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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