The School: Old Moat Community Primary School

Old Moat is a large primary school located in Withington, South Manchester. They are working with Enabling Enterprise for the first time this year and have become a leading school in Manchester enterprise. Today, pupils from years 5 and 6 came together to prove they were experts at Aiming High and Staying Positive when the pressure mounted and the competition became fierce.

The Business: Lovell, Altrincham

Founded in 1972 in Swindon, Lovell is a leading construction company building affordable homes in the UK. The company employs 1400 staff across 6 UK regions. It has been a host for Enabling Enterprise trips in the North West for the past year and the enthusiasm and attention to detail of the staff never fails to inspire pupils.

The Challenge: Brilliant Builds

The people of Bogsby are in need of help! There town centre has a large brownfield site that has become an eyesore. Today they needed the help of Old Moat pupil’s in order to design and build a community centre that meets the needs of all the local residents. Furthermore, they had to ensure that their building would be environmentally sustainable by featuring at least one green material or method of generating energy. Would the pupils be able to use their Listening Carefully and Problem Solving skills in order to create something the whole of Bogsby would be proud of?

The Results:

The pupils excelled themselves and rose to the challenge with aplomb. It was fantastic to see them Working in a Team and sharing the role of Leading to ensure that all the aspects of the task were completed and everybody was involved. Their literacy skills were put to the test when they had separated the communities’ wants from their needs, and then Using Imagination was the order of the day as they set about building a model of their building. Finally they needed to gather up their confidence and show that they were experts at Sharing Ideas by presenting to the volunteers from Lovell. Once again Old Moat students proved what stars they are by standing proudly at the front and giving interesting and exciting presentations which explained why their design was the best.

What they said:

  • “It was great to see their team work skills develop throughout the day, they really did support one another and make sure that they were always doing something which would support the team and get the job done.” – Teacher, Old Moat Community Primary School
  • “Getting the pupils to pitch like that is a really tough ask, I was so impressed by how hard they worked and how well they did. It was great to see them develop across the day.” – Volunteer, Lovell
  • “I loved today, we don’t get to use our imagination like this normally, it was hard but I really enjoyed the challenge.” – Student, Old Moat Community Primary School

Thanks to Lovell for such a great trip day, and to Years 5 and 6 from Old Moat Community Primary School for coming along.

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