The School: Scott Wilkie Primary School

Newham-based Scott Wilkie Primary School is in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. They have been developing eight core enterprise skills in their students, both in school and outside the classroom. After successfully completing some Lesson-Time Projects as well as taking part in the ‘Operation Moonbase’ Challenge Day in Year 2 and 3, today a selection of Year 3 students came to a local university to put their creativity to the test in the world of academia.

The Business: University of East London (UEL)

The University of East London (UEL) became a university in 1992 with a heritage dating back to 1898. Its Royal Docks Business and Law School offers an inclusive research-led education, providing a transformative experience that enhances employment prospects for all students. Today the budding entrepreneurs were exploring the campus to stretch their Working in a Team and Using Imagination skills. Let’s find out how they did.

The Day: University Challenge

After getting into teams and finding out more about UEL, the Scott Wilkie students began the day by researching different areas of the campus, courses and societies within the University. UEL Ambassadors Olu and Farah were on hand to support the teams and gave them a fantastic tour of the premises including the different buildings, a lecture theatre, the student library, all the while answering questions from the 7- and 8-year olds about university life. The teams then returned to tackle their creative challenge with gusto: to plan a new society for the University of East London, making sure it was both unique and popular for the range of students.

The Results:

After a well-deserved lunch break, the teams worked against the clock to design posters advertising their new society. All of the Scott Wilkie students worked really hard and demonstrated not only the ability of Working in a Team throughout the day but were also Listening Carefully to each other and to the advice given by the adults. The societies they came up were both diverse and a testament to how they were using their Using Imagination to the highest standard. The day culminated in a buzzing Freshers’ Fair with all of the students confidently Sharing Ideas in front of all of the adults in a round of presentations that kept getting better all the time. The enterprising students were truly Aiming High to persuade the judges to sign up to their society. The adults then had the difficult task of choosing a winning team, but all the students worked so hard that each team was awarded a certificate for the enterprise skills they had showed off.

What they said:

  • “Children gained a lot from asking students questions about university life. They developed their team building skills and they really enjoyed the day.” – Teacher, Scott Wilkie Primary
  • “The confidence they have was amazing!” – Farah, UEL Ambassador
  • “This type of activity has a really good impact on their lives. I was really impressed with their ability to present – it was better than some adults I know! I wish I was like them at their age.” – Olu, UEL Ambassador
  • “You should sign up to our society because we have lots of activities you will enjoy. And we are the best team because we’ve worked well together!” – Student, Scott Wilkie Primary

Thanks to University of East London for such a great trip day, and to Year 3 from Scott Wilkie 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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