The School: St Mary’s & St John’s

St Mary’s and St John’s CE School is located in Barnet. They are working with Enabling Enterprise for the fourth year running to develop key enterprise skills in their students, not only in school through a range of Lesson-Time Projects and Challenge Days, but also outside the classroom on employer visits to top businesses such as the BBC and John Lewis. Today was a chance for the Key Stage 2 students to put their Working in a Team skills to the test once more while Using Imagination for a stretching challenge. Let’s find out how they did.

The Challenge: Operation Moonbase

Planet Earth has reached a critical point with issues such as overcrowding and pollution calling for a change. Luckily, the SMSJ students were future-focussed in establishing a new society on the distant moon of Utopia which humans could move to. They applied their Problem Solving skills to choose an ideal space crew and Used Imagination to design a new species of animal before applying their highest standard in Teamwork to plan and build an entire city from scratch.

The Results:

Working to tight deadlines throughout the challenge, students thought carefully about how to delegate tasks so that everyone in their team contributed to the best of their abilities, showing fantastic Leading qualities. Through Working in a Team so effectively and Listening Carefully to each other, the teams were able to explore this challenge with great depth and enthusiasm. They were Aiming High when building their city maps and Staying Positive when problems arose. At the end of the challenge, teams worked seamlessly together to rehearse and confidently present a series of persuasive, articulate pitches, convincing their peers and their teachers that their plan for a new society was the best in the galaxy!

What they said:

  • “My class usually struggles with teamwork so this is a really good challenge for them.” – Teacher, Year 3
  • “Our team is very creative and we were very good at coming up with our own ideas and designing these. We haven’t been very good at listening to each other’s ideas, though and today we have learnt that we need to do more of this in the future to improve our ideas.” – Student, Year 4
  • “It’s been really interesting to see how the team dynamics have changed through the day. Initially, a few were finding it difficult to work alongside people they perhaps wouldn’t have chosen to work with; now, they have developed a good working relationship and are really supporting each other to get jobs done.” – Teacher, Year 4
  • “When someone is leading their team well, they make sure they speak kindly to their team and give everyone something to do, and they also listen to everyone’s ideas.” – Student, Year 3
  • “Enterprise is their favourite lesson of the week and today is no exception. The different elements of the challenge have been a great way for each of them to test their strengths in a variety of ways” – Teacher, Year 6

Well done to all of Key Stage 2 at SMSJ: you did yourselves proud!

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