The School: Cranford Primary School

Cranford Primary, in the London borough of Hounslow, have been taking part in enterprise challenges for the past four years. Students have developed key skills such as Problem Solving, Sharing Ideas and Staying Positive during their Lesson Time Projects, with teachers across the school passionate about developing these core enterprise skills.

Years 4 and 5 have also ventured out on trips to top businesses such as Gumtree and BBC Worldwide, where they have had the opportunity to put these skills into action in the world of work.

The Challenge: Future Transport

A special assembly kicked off the day at Cranford: Ronnie the Robot has been sent back from the year 3030 on the hunt for transport designers for the future. In Years 1-6, every student at Cranford Primary was being asked to step up to the challenge!

The year 3030 looks very different, with environments that the current transport of 2017 will no longer be suitable for. Ice cities, desert expanses, busy urban areas and toxic jungles all require a new form 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. A powerful combination of top Using Imagination and Problem Solving skills were then put into use to conjure fantastic designs for a brand new type of transport that was to be taken to the prototype stage later on in the day.

The Results:

The afternoon really put our Cranford Transport Designers to the test. It was truly inspiring to see such innovative designs and brilliant Working in a Team skills throughout the day from across the school, and the afternoon’s prototype-building and testing activities were testament to the fantastic progress made by each and every student. At the end of the day, each team had the chance to test another team’s transport against the success criteria before each team then presented their prototype and design to the group. It was great to see students Sharing Ideas so confidently in their presentations and really drawing on their literacy techniques to make it as persuasive as possible. Congratulations to all thinkers, designers and engineers from Cranford Primary who are preparing us all for the complex challenges of tomorrow!

What they said:

  • “The building in this challenge is excellent, especially for our SEN children as they all have something they can share!” – Teacher, Year 4
  • “EE days are so fun because we work with our friends and make things so we don’t feel like we have to do everything by ourselves.” – Student, Year 1
  • “It’s unusual to see the class work so well in teams, but this task is so grasping for them that they’re really shining” – Teacher, Year 6
  • “I think EE Challenges are so good for building team spirit and including everyone; they contribute equally and can have positive dialogue” – Teacher, Year 3

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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