The Schools: Christ Church CE Primary School, Whitchurch Primary School, St John’s CE Primary School and Cameley CEVC Primary School

These four schools from the Bristol area were invited to select five students to compete in a fast-paced challenge that would introduce them to Enabling Enterprise and the invaluable eight Enterprise Skills. Both the students and teachers were excited by this opportunity to step away from the curriculum and engage in enterprise education. They were eager to find out what it is like to work for such a large shopping centre, especially as many of them were familiar with Cabot Circus.

The Business: Cabot Circus, Bristol

Cabot Circus is a major shopping centre. The Cabot Circus development area contains shops, offices, a cinema, hotel and 250 apartments. The shopping centre has over 92,900 square meters of shop floor space containing retail outlets and leisure facilities.

The Challenge: Retail Revelations

Children from Years 4 and 5 arrived at Cabot Circus excited to learn about this diverse workplace and the challenge that faced them. They interviewed volunteers that perform a variety of roles behind-the-scenes, asking excellent questions about the volunteers’ roles and responsibilities and how the enterprise skills are involved in their jobs. They were then taken on a fantastic tour to see for themselves what keeps the centre running. This included the security control centre. Using Imagination and working alongside the volunteers, each team designed a themed attraction for the floor space of the shopping centre that would engage visitors, putting their creative and teamwork skills to the test.

The Results:

As the teams presented their ideas to the volunteers, acting as judges, at the end of the day, the competition was fiercely contested. The children excelled at demonstrating their enterprise skills. They all impressed with their incredibly imaginative original ideas, and worked together really well in the design activities, Sharing Ideas and Listening Carefully to each other. Each team wowed the judges in the presentation stage, as they all presented confidently to eight volunteers, the other children and the teachers. For one group, the presentation was a particularly huge achievement given their low confidence at the beginning of the day. All the teachers were very proud of their students.

What they said:

  • “It was great to see students who are less confident communicators ask so many questions and get stuck in!” – Teacher, Cameley CEVC Primary School
  • “The students have thoroughly enjoyed the day and so nice for get support from the team here at Cabot Circus.”- Teacher, Cameley CEVC Primary School
  • “Today was so much fun! Very impressed with how the day was structured and how much students took on board. I’d love to do it again.” – Volunteer, Cabot Circus
  • “I think our team learnt not to be shy in front of new people. At the start of the day we weren’t very confident and found it hard to share our ideas but by the end of the day we had presented in front of all the volunteers!” – Student, Christ Church CE Primary School

Thanks to Cabot Circus for such a great trip day, and to Years 4 and 5 from Christ Church CE Primary School, Whitchurch Primary School, St John’s CE Primary School and Cameley CEVC 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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