The School: St Francis de Sales RC Primary School

Located in the London Borough of Haringey, St Francis de Sales has been working with Enabling Enterprise for three years to develop eight core enterprise skills in their students with enthusiasm and commitment. So far the school has completed a wide range of Lesson-Time Projects and has taken part in several business trips to top employers across London, including Forward3D this year and Rathbones. The whole school has also put their enterprise skills to the test in a couple of stretching Challenge Days in the past: ‘Operation Moonbase’ to set up a brand new human colony on a distant planet, and ‘A Day in Politics’ creating their very own political parties from scratch, complete with an election, all in a school day! Today was the opportunity for students from Key Stage 2 to put those skills to the test once more as they honed in on Using Imagination on this forward-thinking challenge: to design a form of transport for future generations.

The Challenge: Future Transport

A special assembly kicked off the day at St Francis: the students were introduced to Ronnie the robot, who had travelled back from the year 3030 on the hunt for transport designers for the future. They were informed that the year 3030 looks very different, with environments that the current transport of 2017 is not suitable for. Ice cities, expansive deserts, over-crowded urban areas and dangerous jungles: all require new forms 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. They then shared their creative ideas to devise a brand new type of transport that could meet the challenges of the future environments.

The Results:

Students across all of the year groups showed excellent teamwork (one of their school’s values) by taking turns, especially Listening Carefully to each other and ensuring that they all took responsibility for their tasks. It was fantastic to see students in all of the classrooms continually refining their ideas the more they talked through their designs with their team members. Problem Solving was a particular strength in some teams as they aimed high to finish all of the tasks within the tight deadlines and answered grilling questions from the adults who wanted to find out more about their prototypes. The teachers and EE staff alike were impressed with the students’ creativity, which resulted in some outstanding hybrid vehicles. The day culminated in the all-important testing phase of their 3D models, in which all teams demonstrated excellent Staying Positive skills – a real testament to their Resilience (another of the school’s values).

What they said:

  • “This challenge works even better for them because it’s relatable and it’s things that could actually be made in real life.” – Teacher, Year 6 Leader
  • “My class has really surprised me in their teamwork: I wasn’t expecting them to work so well together in their teams, but they did.” – Teacher, Year 4
  • “Today was fun because we got to make whatever we wanted. Everyone in my team had brilliant ideas and I’m really proud of how we put them together.” – Student, Year 5

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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