The School:

Martin Primary is in its second year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Previously, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by successfully completing Lesson-Time Projects in their classrooms, but also taking part in business trips to employers in London such as international bank UBS. The whole school has also shown off their skill expertise when they investigated a mysterious crime last year. Today’s challenge was a fantastic opportunity for students from Nursery right through to Year 6 to put all eight of their essential Enterprise Skills to the test once more with gusto. Let’s find out how they got on…

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. Teams needed to select a crew to support them on their mission, then design a new species of animal to benefit their brand new society before finally creating a 3-D model of their own dream city.

It was impressive to see how EYFS had come up with the most imaginative spaceships and helped each other to design and make a wide range of alien creatures and unique planets never seen in the whole galaxy. Meanwhile, students from older year groups could boast that the scoreboards in their classrooms were full of points for the skills they brilliantly displayed throughout the day. The challenge culminated in a series of persuasive pitches at the Intergalactic Trade Fair which gave each team the opportunity to show off their fantastic ideas. Congratulations to the would-be astronauts!


What they said:

  • “It’s been an amazing day! We’ve been having so much fun!” – EYFS Teacher
  • “The biggest surprise today is from one child in this class who’s usually very self-centred, but look at this: today he’s working with others! And he’s even come over to us and told us how he liked our work. And that for him was a big step!” – Reception Teacher
  • “Today’s been really good for them because it’s not very often they get to do something creative like that, and it has given me a reference point for me to take to other lessons in how we may want to develop our Leading skills further.” – Year 6 Teacher
  • “I can’t believe how far they’ve come in some of the skills – their teamwork and ability to stay positive has been outstanding.” – Year 4 Teacher
  • “Look at our astronaut – we made it together!” – Reception Student
  • “Compared to other challenges, we’ve worked better as a team today because we’ve listened to each other’s ideas more clearly.” – Year 6 Student
  • “Come on, everybody: get on board!” – Reception 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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