The School: St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School

St. Mary’s Catholic Primary in Isleworth is in its fifth year of working with Enabling Enterprise. The school’s students are very familiar with the all-important eight enterprise skills and the teaching staff are passionate about giving as many opportunities to develop these through a diverse and engaging curriculum. In recent years, students have develop skills through several Challenge Days involving Problem Solving detective skills and Using their Imagination to create greetings cards, together with a range of Lesson-Time Projects.

Students have also visited professional businesses across London, such as their latest trip to DNV GL and Oliver Wyman.
Today’s challenge was sure to put all students’ Working in a Team skills to the test once more!


The Challenge: Game On

St Mary’s students worked in teams all day to design a brand-new team sport, thinking about its players, equipment, rules, playing surface and kit. They took on a variety of roles over the course of the day, from designers to strategy thinkers and sports coaches. They had to convince their peers and the adults in the classroom that their new sport will be a sure-fire success, challenging would-be players on their ability to Work in a Team, whilst testing their physical and intellectual skills, too!

The students started the day by utilising their Sharing Ideas and Listening Carefully skills, as they completed their testing sports quiz!. Then they used their Problem Solving skills as they researched existing sports, before they Used their Imaginations to combine their ideas and create their new sports. The day culminated with all of the students Sharing Ideas as they presented their brand-new sport to their audience.

What they said:

  • “We’ve used the enterprise skills at the beginning of the academic year to help the children get to know each other and work more collaboratively as they were mixed up from the previous year.” – Teacher, Year 5
  • “Players will need to Problem Solve to pass the ball to their team and Work in a Team by encouraging each other.” – Student, Year 5
  • “My player is so bright and wants to work as a team to help his friends.” – Student, Year 1
  • “It’s been very interesting to see how certain students have coped in teams. Some have really flourished.” – Teacher, Year 2
  • “Our sport is challenging because you need strength, as well as testing to see if you can Stay Positive and Aim High.” – Student, Year 3

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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