The School: Ark Atwood Primary School

This is Ark Atwood’s second year of working with Enabling Enterprise, with a programme focused on building skills in their Year 4 cohort. In the past they have taken part in a business trip to Virgin in order to see and apply their enterprise skills to the world of work. Today was an opportunity for teachers to stretch their students’ creativity on a challenge involving lots of forward-thinking. Let’s find out how they got on.

The Challenge: Future Transport

The day started with a very special message from the future! Ronnie the robot has been sent back from the year 3030 on the hunt for transport designers. He told them how the future looks very different, with environments that the current transport of 2017 will no longer be suitable for. Ice cities, desert expanses, busy urban areas and toxic jungles all require a new form of transport for the generations of the future. The students quickly worked together in their teams to research, plan and build their vision for how to get around in the future.

The Results:

The teachers at Ark Atwood had been particularly keen for Year 4 to think about developing their Listening Carefully skills over the day, and they certainly did. By listening to advice, instructions and each other’s imaginative ideas, students were able to present fantastic models at the end of the day. Features of their designs included electronic stilts to walk over the top of jungle trees and jetpacks to soar high over cities!

What they said:

  • “It’s been really interesting to see them working in a different way and having the chance to step back to watch their interactions.” – Teacher, Year 4
  • “We worked in a team all day and we did really well because it wasn’t always easy – we had arguments at the start, but now we are a great team!” – Student, Year 4

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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