The School:

Southern Road Primary is in their sixth year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Previously, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in numerous employer visits to top businesses across London, including The Department for Education and French bank Societe Generale this term. The whole school has also taken part in several Challenge Days, for example when they investigated a mysterious crime scene or when they set up a new society on a distant planet. Today’s challenge was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 1 to Year 6 to put all eight of their essential Enterprise Skills to the test once more, particularly honing in on Using Imagination and Sharing Ideas. Let’s find out how they got on.


The Challenge: Creative Spaces

Over the course of the day, students were Working in a Team to become architects and builders. Their task was to design and build a new community arts centre for their local area, taking inspiration from what they already knew and by thinking about ways to incorporate nature into their building. In particular, students were Using Imagination and Problem Solving to decide where to build their space and what materials to use. The day culminated with teams Sharing Ideas for their new creative spaces and pitching for potential planning permission using a model of their proposed building they made from recycled materials.

What they said:

  • “It’s important to really get the students focus in on the skills that they are using and reflect on how they have helped throughout the day. They will get a skill certificate based on my observations from the day and also for their overall presentation of their work” – Teacher
  • “It’s been really interesting to watch a couple of children in my class who usually would be more than happy to sit back and watch, but not today: there’s been a lot of active participation and I think they’ve gained a lot from going with different styles of leadership through the day.” – Teacher
  • “I think all the enterprise skills are important because if there’s one you don’t have, then you can’t carry out the others.” – Student
  • “It’s not hard because we’re really working as a team and we’re not giving up!” – Student
  • “We’re really proud that we’ve done some of the hardest jobs all by ourselves in this.” – Student
  • “I think we’ve done really well because we’ve had so many different ideas but sometimes that makes it hard because we need to work out how to compromise” – Student

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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