The School: Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School

Located near Lea Hall, Greater Birmingham, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School has been working with Enabling Enterprise for three years to develop eight core enterprise skills in their students with enthusiasm and commitment. So far the school has completed a wide range of Lesson-Time Projects and has taken part in several business trips to top employers across the West Midlands, including Birmingham Airport and Aston University. The whole school has also put their enterprise skills to the test in a series of stretching Challenge Days: Operation Moonbase, Crime Scene and A Day in Politics. Today was an opportunity for students from Early Years right through to Year 6 to hone in on Using Imagination as they took on a forward-thinking challenge: to design a form of transport for future generations.

The Challenge: Future Transport

A special assembly kicked off the day at Our Lady’s: the students were introduced to Ronnie the robot, who had travelled back from the year 3030 on the hunt for transport designers for the future. They were informed that the year 3030 looks very different, with environments that the current transport of 2017 is not suitable for. Ice cities, expansive deserts, over-crowded urban areas and dangerous jungles all require new forms of transport for the generations of the future. The students quickly worked together in their teams to analyse the future environments and think about current transport features. They then shared their creative ideas to devise a brand new type of transport that could meet the challenges of the future environments.

The Results:

Students across all of the year groups showed excellent teamwork by taking turns, especially Listening Carefully to each other and ensuring that they all took responsibility for their tasks. It was fantastic to see students in all of the classrooms continually refining their ideas the more they talked through their designs with their team members. Problem Solving was a particular strength in some teams as they aimed high to finish all of the tasks within the tight deadlines. The teachers and EE staff alike were impressed with the students’ creativity, which resulted in some outstanding hybrid vehicles. The day culminated in the all-important testing phase of their 3D prototypes, in which all teams demonstrated excellent Staying Positive skills, even when put on the spot to answer questions from their audiences during the presentations.

What they said:

  • “I’m really pleased at how well the children are working together. Usually there are two or three children that don’t get involved and contribute, but even those children are participating in the task. Other children are encouraging them as they understand that they will excel if they all work together.” – Teacher, Year 4
  • “We are problem solving and working well together. It’s exciting! I want our prototype to be the best we can do.” – Student, Year 6
  • “The EYFS adaptations have worked really well for us today. The children’s ability to work in teams and share ideas with each other has progressed a lot throughout the day.” – EYFS Teacher

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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One Response to “Challenge Day: Future Transport at Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School”

  • Business Trip: Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School at MHA MacIntyre Hudson in Birmingham « Enabling Enterprise Education March 19, 2018

    [...] Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School situated in Tile Cross, East Birmingham is in their 4th year working with Enabling Enterprise and are looking forward to their forthcoming whole school Spring Enterprise Challenge Day and lesson time projects to be undertaken by all classes from Reception to Year 6, as previous experiences have proved incredibly successful! Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 4 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers at MHA MacIntyre Hudson. [...]

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