The School: Brookland Junior School

Brookland Junior School from Barnet are in their second year of developing core enterprise skills both inside and outside the classroom. Last term they took part in a memorable double Challenge Day as a whole school, some students solving a mysterious crime as would-be CSIs, whilst the younger students planned to set up a new human colony on a distant planet! This time Year 3 students travelled into Marble Arch to take on the challenge of re-developing an old industrial site.

The Business: Multiplex, London

Multiplex is a leading global contractor with expertise across the entire property sector, delivering landmark property and infrastructure assets for more than 50 years. They create large-scale and complex landmark buildings, commercial structures and infrastructure projects and work in Australia, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Canada. The students had the chance to meet volunteers from different parts of the business including sustainability and construction.

The Challenge: Brilliant Builds

After a fantastic tour of the Multiplex offices and the different departments, including a look at the construction site the team were working on, students were set to work Using Imagination to come up with great team names for their own construction company. Working in a Team, the challenge for the students was to redevelop a brownfield site in the town of Bogsby and create a space that would meet the needs of the local people and benefit the environment. Before Sharing Ideas and deciding what they were going to construct, they learned about the needs of the people of Bogsby and had to think carefully about what was essential and what was desirable to have in the town.

The Results:

Teams created a plan of the buildings on the site, working against the clock but Aiming High. The day ended by a round of professional presentations from the students, who were Sharing Ideas not only with each other, but also with the 4 judges from Multiplex.

Those were really impressed with the students’ creativity, teamwork and confidence. The teams had thought carefully about the wants and needs of the community and put together a persuasive pitch explaining why their planned site was the most suitable for the community. Their Leading skills were tested throughout the day and all students learnt what it meant to be an effective leader.

What they said:

  • “This task has really allowed children with different strengths to shine: there is something for everyone to excel at.” – Teacher, Brookland Juniors
  • “It has been great working alongside some construction managers of the future for the day!” – Volunteer, Multiplex
  • “We really tried hard to work as a team today, we had lots to do so we worked on splitting up the jobs.” – Student, Brookland Juniors

Thanks to Multiplex for such a great trip day, and to Year 3 from Brookland Junior School for coming along.

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