The School: St Mary’s Priory Catholic school

Located in the London Borough of Haringey, St Mary’s Priory is a 2-form entry school who has been working with Enabling Enterprise for the third year running. They have taken part in numerous Challenge Days before and so were very familiar with not only the enterprise skills, but also the level of teamwork and imagination required to complete each challenge. After designing a brand new Arts centre for their local community in the Spring Term, today was the school’s third Challenge Day this academic year. Students from EYFS to Year 6 were put to the test once more, particularly keen on Aiming High in this creative challenge.

The Challenge: Game On!

St Mary’s Priory students worked in teams all day to design a brand new team sport, thinking about its players, equipment, rules, surface and kit. They took on a variety of roles over the course of the day, from designers, to strategy thinkers, to sports coaches. They had to convince their peers and the adults in the classroom that their new sport will be a sure fire success, challenging would-be players on their Working in a Team, whilst testing their physical and intellectual skills too.

The Results:

From the off, teams excelled at Working in a Team. Early Years combined a variety of different sports such as ‘Racket Golf’ or ‘Golf Net’, which they will get the chance to try out in their teams. Year 5 developed a range of hybrid games taking inspiration from existing sports. Competition was high, and it was no surprise the scoreboards in the classrooms were full of points for the enterprise skills all teams showed off in this fast-paced challenge. The day culminated with a series of expert presentations where the creative teams explained all about their new sport, rules, equipment and special features. Would the new discipline make it to the Olympics?

What they said:

  • “Compared with previous Challenge Days, I can tell you that this class has worked much better in their teams. Usually they struggle in any type of group work, but not today. I’m impressed!” – Teaching Assistant, Year 5
  • “It was challenging to get everything done but we got through it!” – Student, Year 5
  • “When we work well in a team, we can get so much done and really quickly!” – Student, Year 4
  • “Trying to match the sports was really tough. I didn’t give up and I stayed positive for my team.” – Student, Year 3
  • “I really liked colouring and being creative.” – Student, Year 1

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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