The School: Christ the King Catholic Primary

Christ the King Catholic Primary School, based in Reading, are in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Earlier this term, students from Year 5 put their Listening Carefully, Sharing Ideas and Problem Solving skills to the test, with the support from professional business volunteers, on a business trip to The Oracle in Reading.

Today the whole school, from Reception through to Year 6, was involved in an exciting challenge to show that their Enterprise Skills are truly out of this world!

The Challenge: Operation Moonbase

Over the course of the day, students used their Working in a Team skills to establish a new society on a distant moon called Utopia. A series of challenges required teams to use their Enterprise Skills, particularly practising their Problem Solving, Using Imagination and Listening Carefully.



In Early Years, students started the day by putting on their space suits and helmets and really got into role as space explorers with their ‘zero gravity’ walking! These intrepid space teams were then Using their Imagination to choose a new space crew, design astronaut costumes, construct rockets, complete their very own space passports and even create space aliens!



In the Primary year groups, students displayed Leading and Staying Positive skills as they took on the role of recruitment managers, designers, architects, builders and advertising executives to complete their tasks. Teams started by selecting their crew members, before designing a new species of animal and then planning the capital city of Utopia. The teams then used different modelling techniques to build a scale model of their new city to present to prospective new citizens at the Intergalactic Trade Fair. After each stage of the challenge, teams reflected on how well they had used their enterprise skills individually and as a group, Aiming High as they set themselves targets.



Across the school, the levels of enthusiasm from students (and teachers!) meant that the tasks were completed to the highest standard and the new societies that were being created truly were the envy of the galaxy. By using the Enterprise Skills in a range of ways, every child was reaching for the stars and rising to the challenge!

What they said:

  • “I haven’t had this much fun in ages! I’ve loved seeing all the groups come together and for everyone to be involved, which isn’t always possible. Their ideas have been phenomenal and it’s been fantastic just to listen to how imaginative they can be.” – Teaching Assistant
  • “We’ve been Staying Positive in my team. I have huffed and puffed a couple of times but we came through it together, which is the most important thing.” – Student, Year 5
  • “It’s so important for them to work in teams on a project like this for the whole day. To begin with, a few struggled with compromising and reaching agreements together, but it’s been a massive learning curve for them and they’ll take a huge amount from today.” – Teacher, Year 3/4
  • “I am proud of how my team helped each other because sometimes one of us wasn’t sure what to do, but somebody would then help them and make them feel better.” – Student, Year 2


Thanks to everyone for such a great Challenge Day!

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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