The School: Grendon Primary School

Pupils at Grendon Primary School have been developing eight core enterprise skills with Enabling Enterprise for three years. In January, Key Stage 1 pupils took part in the Greetings Card Challenge, where children worked in teams to set up their very own card-making companies. Today Key Stage 2 pupils were challenged to use their creativity and Problem Solving skills to design a new community Arts Centre and the budding entrepreneurs rose to the challenge with great enthusiasm.

The Challenge: Creative Spaces

During morning assembly, the children received a letter challenging them to design a community arts space that would be inspired by nature. The children from years 3 to 6 set off to come up with creative but practical designs, Working in a Team they assessed and selected an appropriate location for their buildings. From the outset, it was clear that ever team had amazingly ideas and ambitious plans that they proudly and confidently shared within their teams. After the aspiring architects completed their designs they present their ideas to a planning committee with the intention of persuading them that their design would be the most fitting and the most successful centre for the local area.

The Results:

The day was full of challenges for all teams. The children were brilliant at Staying Positive despite the difficulties that came their way, and the tight deadlines they worked against. They worked well together, and their ideas were refined and became more creative as they added special features, being very forward-thinking in their Problem Solving. Teachers were thoroughly impressed with the enterprise skills in use in their classrooms, so much so that the students made it a really tricky task for the adults in each classroom to pick an overall winning team!

What they said:

  • “I’ve seen such wonderful things, students sharing ideas and working together. In one group they have nominated scribes and the higher attainers are really supporting those who usually struggle a little – it’s been really lovely!” – Teacher, Year 3
  • “This little boy over there would normally struggle so much in other lessons: he would normally switch off. But in the way he’s interacted with his group today, he’s just so engaged throughout the whole challenge, I’m really chuffed to see this!” – Teacher, Year 5
  • “This team look like they’re really working well together: could you give them more points?” – Student, Year 6

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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