The School:

Located in the London Borough of Newham, Davies Lane Primary School is in its third year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Previously, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in business trips to top employers such as Westfield and Oliver Wyman. The whole school has also successfully completed several Lesson-Time Projects in their classrooms, as well as participating in Challenge Days when, for example, they planned for a brand new human colony on a distant moon or when they investigated a mysterious crime scene on the school premises. Today’s challenge was a fantastic opportunity for students from Reception to Year 6 put all eight of their essential Enterprise Skills to the test once more with gusto, this time honing in on Working in a Team, Using Imagination and Problem Solving.

The Challenge: Future Transport

Over the course of the day, students were Working in a Team to research, design, build and test a new form of transport for the future. They were set the challenge from Ronnie the Robot who had travelled back in time to explain what the world would be like many years in the future.
Teams applied their Problem Solving and Staying Positive skills through a series of challenges designed to stretch their enterprise skills to a new level. Working to tight deadlines, all teams managed to bring their designs to life by building a 3-D model of their designs made out of recycled materials. Students showed how crucial Using Imagination was in order to solve unexpected problems that arose along the way.
At the end of the day, some teams tested each other’s designs and practised their presenting by Sharing Ideas in front of the class, while other teams proudly presented the fruits of their imagination in a ‘Show and Tell’ round. Some teams of very creative designers even went the extra mile by writing a persuasive song to promote their new transport. The wide range of hybrid prototypes they produced today was a real testament to their amazing creativity, demonstrating that Aiming High had no limit for them!

What they said:

  • “There are quite a few children with additional needs in this class but they were all so engaged and talking to their teammates, I’m impressed!” – Teacher, Year 4
  • “One child in this class has surprised me: he’s usually not very engaged in other lessons, but today he has been totally engaged and sharing his ideas with his team. I’m really pleased!” – Teacher, Year 1
  • “We need to make sure everyone is happy in our team before we do our drawing together.” – Student, Year 1
  • “Today we’ve had to adapt our ideas several times as a team. It was hard but we’re proud of our teamwork.” – Student, Year 6
  • “We’ve got so many ideas we’re going to burst!” – Student, Year 6

Thanks to everyone for such a great Challenge Day!

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