The School: Cowley St Laurence CE Primary School

Based in Hillingdon and part of the Frays Academy Trust, Teachers at Cowley work hard to ensure every student is given the opportunity to develop and succeed, and Cowley St Laurence is proud to be an inclusive school. The school has worked with Enabling Enterprise to develop their students’ enterprise skills and aspirations through Business Trips to local companies and organisations and, later this year, will be running Lesson-Time Projects as part of their Enterprise Week, culminating in the school’s Summer Fayre.

Today’s challenge was a fantastic opportunity for students from Nursery to Year 6 to put their Enterprise Skills to the test in an exciting challenge that was 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 used their Space Passports and donned their space suits to rocket into a distant galaxy, exploring different planets and what we might find there. They also thought about what to pack in their suitcases for the intergalactic voyage and worked with those around them to create models of what buildings, transport and animals they would like to take to Utopia. Teams were Using their Imagination to create bouncy castles, schools with swimming pools and moon trucks, whilst remembering to pack sandwiches, milk and bacon to keep their strength up!

Across KS1 and KS2, teams needed to demonstrate their Problem Solving expertise and Shared Ideas in selecting a crew to support them on their mission. Using their Imagination, teams then designed a new species of animal to benefit society with warmth, food, transportation and security, before finally creating a model of their own dream city. The day culminated in a series of persuasive pitches at the Intergalactic Trade Fair which gave each team the opportunity to show off their fantastic ideas.

What they said:

  • “They have exceeded my expectations today in how they’ve worked together in teams. I’ve also seen some real qualities come through which we don’t always get to see in other lessons.” – Y2 Teacher
  • “I have been leading my team and that has made me responsible for Aiming High and pushing us all on to do more.” – Y6 Student
  • “The children had an amazing day. The teachers have really enjoyed getting to see their class working together so purposefully. Thank you for such a great day!” – Assistant Head of School
  • “My friends helped me so we could finish on time and that made me happy.” – Reception Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great Challenge Day!

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