The School: Isle of Ely Primary School

Students at Isle of Ely Primary have been developing eight core enterprise skills for the second year running, both in school and outside the classroom. Not only have they worked on a range of Lesson-Time Projects such as ‘Going Green’, but also the whole school has taken part in the ‘Future Transport’ Challenge Day, where students successfully designed and crafted a variety of creative modes of transport that would cope with different environments for generations to come. Today a group of Year 2 children made a special journey to Cambridge, showing the adults what Using Imagination really means in the world of work. Let’s see how they got on.

The Business: Cambridge University Hospital Trust

The Trust provides healthcare for people in the Cambridge area and specialist services such as transplantation, treatment of rare cancers and neurological intensive care for a much wider area. The Trust runs Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the Rosie Hospital, and Saffron Walden Community Hospital.

The Challenge: Delightful Dos

It was with gusto that the Isle of Ely students took their challenge for today: to plan and design a fundraising event for the hospital. To do this well, the students had to do some market research not only by quizzing their Addenbrooke’s volunteers about their roles and all the work and fun activities that go on at the hospital, but also by going on an extensive tour of the premises. The 6- and 7-year olds were lucky enough to visit a special museum inside the hospital, the Contact Centre where all the calls are handled, but also a very special room where all the surgical equipment was sterilised. Back at their tables, teams were more than inspired and eager to start designing.

The Results:

Time was tight but all teams worked against the clock to produce a poster explaining the themes for their events, as well as the decorations, food and entertainment they had decided on as a team. Problem Solving was crucial for them given their limited budget, too! The day culminated by a round of presentations in front of the adults from Addenbrooke’s any students displayed brilliant Staying Positive in front the last-minute challenges some of the teams faced. At the end of the day, all teams were awarded a goodie bag to take home and a certificate for the progress they showed in their enterprise skills.

What they said:

  • “It was a great day – children enjoyed the tour and I think they gained a lot from using their EE skills, discovering lots of different jobs there at a hospital.” – Teacher, Isle of Ely
  • “I didn’t know what to expect from today but I was pleasantly surprised. They really paid attention when they were walking around on the tour and they came up with lots of good ideas.” – Volunteer, Addenbrooke’s Hospital
  • “I was really surprised at how much they took in!” – Volunteer, Addenbrooke’s Hospital
  • “I’d be up for doing it again.” – Volunteer, Addenbrooke’s Hospital
  • “We liked working together today and we didn’t really argue. That’s why we’re the best team!” – Student, Isle of Ely

Thanks to Cambridge University Hospital Trust for such a great trip day, and to Year 2 Spider from Isle of Ely Primary School for coming along.

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