The School:

Duncombe Primary is in their 4th year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in May, the whole school were busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in the ‘Crime Scene‘ Challenge Day. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 4 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.


The Business:

Argent are high-end property developers involved in the full development process – from identifying and assembling sites, developing designs and obtaining planning permission through to financing, project management of the construction process, letting, asset management and sometimes selling.

The Challenge: Decisive Developers

The day started off with the students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs. Students then went on a tour of the site, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of construction. The models back in the Argent office were a great inspiration for the exciting challenge ahead.
Taking on the role of Developers, students were then challenged to apply their Problem Solving skills to establish on which site to choose to build their new tall building. Taking the location and needs of the community on board, teams then worked together to build a tower using limited materials. During the build, the teams’ Staying Positive skills were put to the test as new challenges arose.
The day culminated in teams pitching their plan for development to the judges to see if their building was suitable for construction.

What they said:

  • “The children have been engaged with the task for the whole day. There’s nothing that could be improved about the trip!” – Teacher
  • “The Decisive Developer challenge helped the children learn about the important skills used in a business environment such as team work, presenting and communication. Throughout the day, the children grew in confidence and were all eager to complete their challenge and for their team to win. It is always a pleasure to welcome Enabling Enterprise and new schools to King’s Cross and work on their various programmes. The children on Friday really took their challenge seriously and it was fantastic to see their final models and presentations take shape whilst at the same time seeing them learn new, transferable skills.” – Volunteer
  • “When you work in teams it’s really important to communicate with each other. We had a team meeting to decide on who was going to do what which really helped us” – Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great trip 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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