The Schools: Malmesbury Primary and Parkside Primary

Malmesbury Primary School in Merton and Parkside Primary in Waltham Forest are both dedicated to developing their students’ enterprise skills through Lesson-Time Projects, Challenge Days and business trips. They both have recently taken on the Crime Scene challenge, Working in a Team and Problem Solving on the case of the Sugar Snatcher.
It was fantastic to welcome Y4 from Malmesbury and Y6 from Parkside to join forces out into the world of work to apply these important skills.

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 are currently working on projects in Bishopsgate, London and the students were welcomed to their offices by employees Amy, Leanne and Phil.

The Challenge: Brilliant Builds

The students were taken on a fantastic tour out onto Bishopsgate to look at the three sites Multiplex were developing, including 100 Bishopsgate which will be a new 40-storey tower to grace London’s everchanging skyline. The students were then shown around the office space and introduced to many different teams from engineering to surveyors, who work together to take on this huge project. The Year 4 and Year 6 students were then ready for their own Brilliant Builds project. The area of Bogsby has an empty site in the centre of the community. Working in a Team, the challenge was to redevelop the land and create a space that would benefit the local people and the environment. Before Sharing Ideas and deciding on what they were going to construct, teams needed to look at the needs of the people of Bogsby and ensure that the new development was environmentally friendly.

The Results:

As the students were mixed up into teams, their teamwork was well and truly put to the test. They had to ensure they were all Sharing Ideas and come to a decision quickly with other children they had just met that morning. Thankfully the teams had clearly been practising their teamwork and Leading skills back in school as by the end of the day the teams were working like clockwork together to put together a 3D model of their planned building. They all listened carefully to the needs and desires of the community to ensure that their new development would be well received. Teams included water features, energy-saving transport and an on-site recycling centre! The day culminated in a round of professional presentations in front of a judging panel. It was a tough decision for the Multiplex judges to pick a winning team, but in the end it was the confidence, teamwork skills and creativity from one team that gave those students just the edge over the others.

What they said:

  • “I have been surprised at how much they have been able to organise themselves in a team of people they don’t know. It’s fantastic to see!” – Teacher, Parkside Primary
  • “I really like how you have listened to the needs of the community and yet been creative with your ideas: well done!” – Volunteer, Multiplex
  • “This is the best trip ever!” – Student, Malmesbury Primary School

Thanks to Multiplex for such a great trip day, and to Year 6 from Parkside Primary School and Year 4 from Malmesbury Primary School for coming along.

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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