The School: St Matthew’s CE Primary School

A long-standing partner of Enabling Enterprise, St Matthew’s in West Drayton, Hillingdon have been expertly developing eight key enterprise skills though a wide range of Lesson-Time Projects, business trips to top employers across London, and whole-school Challenge Days such as last year’s Crime Scene Challenge. Today was a new opportunity for students from Year 1 through to Year 6 to put those skills to the test in a creative challenge honing in on Working in a Team and Using Imagination.

The Challenge: Greetings Cards

Greetings Card challenges the pupils at Using Imagination and Working in a Team as together they must choose a theme for their cards, agree on a unique and exciting design and get a production line up and running in order to make and sell as many cards as possible before time runs out! Then Sharing Ideas becomes even more important as they must pitch to the judges and explain why their card company should be chosen as the winning team, using persuasive and formal language to describe their choices and challenges faced throughout the day.


The Results:

Competition was high amongst the students as they set about Listening Carefully to one another’s ideas and Problem Solving in order to make sure that they met the full demands of all the tasks. It didn’t take long for them to realise that the key to success was Staying Positive and learning from mistakes they made along the way. Early disagreements over team names and which theme to pick were moved on from swiftly as the pupils realised that staying focused on the task in hand and Aiming High were what mattered.

It was impressive see a selection of Year 6 students venture into classes in younger year groups to flex their Leading skills. They were tasked with awarding skills points and providing expert skills advice to their young buddies. After a shy start, the Year 6 students demonstrated fantastic patience and maturity when working with different teams.

What they said:

  • “We made the job easier by working in a team because we could get things done faster and we could help each other.” – Student, Year 2
  • “They usually don’t work very well in groups but today they’ve been very engaged in the task and because of that we’ve had no arguments.” – Teacher, Year 6

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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