The School: Summerfield Primary School

Summerfield Primary School have partnered with Enabling Enterprise for two years to develop the enterprise skills of their students. The mix of pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 that attended this trip well reflects the school’s inclusive approach to enterprise education. This year, every class from Year 1 to Year 6 has completed three enterprise projects in lesson-time, all Key Stage 2 pupils have attended other trips to renowned venues in Birmingham, and the whole school will be participating in an exciting ‘Crime Scene’ Investigation before the end of the summer term. Looking at their performance in last year’s ‘Future Transport‘ Challenge Day, this year is sure to be a great success.

The Business: Unity Trust Bank, Birmingham

Unity Trust Bank specialise in working with organisations and businesses that aim to create community, social or environmental benefit in a financially sustainable way. They seek to put social change at the heart of everything they do by offering specialist banking and finance to organisations that have a positive impact on their communities.

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

The children were challenged to design a gadget that would solve a problem faced by the employees of Unity Trust Bank. Working in teams, they conducted research by interviewing employees from different departments that had volunteered to take part and through a tour of the office. Each team then selected a problem that they had identified and, using their imagination, invented a piece of technology that would help the employees combat this issue. The teams drew intricate designs of their gadgets and devised exciting advertising campaigns to present at an Inventors’ Fair.

The Results:

All of the volunteers and teachers were blown away by the creativity and futurism of the gadgets designed. With a mix of year groups in each team, the children clearly grew throughout the day in their ability to work with children they did not know well and solve problems together. Every child participated in the final presentations at the Inventors’ Fair, with many displaying impressive Sharing Ideas skills. The all-round fantastic work made it very difficult for the volunteers to judge the best inventors.

What they said:

  • “I’ve really enjoyed it. I was quite worried at the beginning as they were struggling to come up with ideas, but the teams persevered and both have created brilliant gadgets. I’m especially pleased with the children as they didn’t know the others on their team.” – Teacher, Summerfield Primary School
  • “After working with the children all day, I felt really proud watching their final presentations.” – Volunteer, Unity Trust Bank
  • “I’m proud of my team. We worked hard.” – Year 3 Student, Summerfield Primary School

Thanks to Unity Trust Bank for such a great trip day, and to the Year 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils from Summerfield 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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