The School: English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School

English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School, in Sparkhill, east of Birmingham, has been partnering with Enabling Enterprise for three years to develop the enterprise skills of their pupils. The entire school, including EYFS, took part in the Creative Spaces challenge. Having completed two lesson-time projects this year, and plenty of Challenge Days in the past, the pupils were expectant for a brilliant enterprising day.

The Challenge: Creative Spaces

The pupils were challenged to design a new community arts centre for their local area. Their designs had to be inspired by nature in some way. After Sharing Ideas to decide on a final design, the children exercised their skill of Working in a Team and drew the community arts centres they envisioned. Each team then turned their drawing into a 3-D model, using an exciting array of materials, including cereal boxes, fruit containers and feathers. Once these were completed, the teams presented their community arts centre design to their classmates.

The Results:

From Year 1 to Year 6, the designs demonstrated fantastic imaginations and incorporated elements of nature in very creative ways. Many children were impressively conscientious, ensuring that their community arts centres were accessible to all and sustainable. Pupils across all year groups clearly grew more confident throughout the day in their ability to work effectively in teams and share ideas, culminating in compelling final presentations that involved every team member.

What they said:

  • “It is really noticeable how accessible the material is for all abilities. It is fantastic to see lower ability students getting wholly involved in the challenge.” – Teacher, Year 2
  • “I’m really serious about EE. Although we have to create something, the challenge is more about working in a team. That’s the most important part.” – Student, Year 5

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

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