The School: St Robert Southwell Catholic Primary

Students at St Robert Southwell RC Primary in Brent, north west London have been working in partnership with Enabling Enterprise since Autumn 2015.

So far this year, students in Years 1, 2 and 3 have been busy working on developing enterprise skills such as Aiming High and Sharing Ideas during their lesson time projects. For example, Year 3 have been busy setting up an exciting food fair by writing recipe books in their Food Glorious Food project. Also this year, a group of students in Year 5 have been out to residential property company Barrat Homes.

Today, as summer term reached its end, the entire school came together to take part in a new young enterprise challenge. It would be a great opportunity for students to show off their enterprise skills in a new context.

The Challenge: Future Transport

At the beginning of the day, classes joined together in the assembly hall to find out what their new challenge would be; they were surprised to meet Ronnie, a robot sent back from the future to find solutions to a tricky problem. Students learnt that future environments will be more dangerous and extreme than anything we currently experience on Earth, and that travelling safely around these environments is a huge problem for Ronnie and his human friends.

Back in class, students got into teams and began work on their transport designs. They researched the different forms of transport and searched for inspiration by analysing existing forms of transport. Then, students sketched out their ideas before working together to build prototypes from junk modelling materials.

At the end of a busy day, each team had a chance to test their transport against the criteria set out by Ronnie. They were awarded marks for size, adaptability, appearance and mobility. Each team presented their transport solutions in a formal presentation to an audience of their peers.

The Results:

Throughout the day, students demonstrated fantastic Using Imagination and Problem Solving skills by designing innovative forms of transport that would survive the harsh conditions of the future! Students Listened Carefully as each part of the challenge was introduced and to one another, building upon each other’s ideas. They Worked in Teams successfully by ensuring each person had a role to do and by taking turns with one another. Students Stayed Positive when faced with tough challenges and kept going to make sure they met each deadline. During the presentations, students Shared Ideas effectively by using formal language and articulating clearly.

What they said:

  • “Not only have they all enjoyed it but it’s been character building. We have had children crying, motivating and cheering!” – Teacher, Year 3
  • “I wasn’t looking forward to school this morning but my team have really encouraged me and we’ve created a cool car!” – 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 enablingenterprise.org

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