The School:

Longlands Primary is in their fourth year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in an Autumn Enterprise Week. During the week, KS1 opened their own art gallery, lower KS2 promoted reading by redesigning their class book corners, and upper Key Stage 2 created maths-themed board games. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 and 6 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Anthology specialises in large-scale residential development in London. At the heart of their approach is enhancing neighbourhoods, celebrating the people, their stories and the culture that makes the city such an exciting place to live.

Today, Harry and Victor, from Anthology, and Ben and Alex, from contractors Sisk, joined students to support them with their challenge. They offered expert advice during the construction project and shared insights about their careers to date.


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 showroom, where they saw a model of what the finished Deptford Foundry residential development will look like. They also went inside a model home and saw the site itself as the real life development takes shape.
Taking on the role of Developers, students were then challenged to apply their Problem Solving skills to establish on which site 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, which put the developers’ budgets under strain.
The day culminated in teams sharing their developments with the judges, to persuade them that their ideas were the most eco-friendly and community-centred.

What they said:

  • “They really developed their teamwork skills. It was also an interesting insight into careers in construction and why certain construction decisions are made.” – Teacher
  • “It was great to show students the positive side of construction: that the community is really at the heart of what we do.” – Volunteer
  • “Seeing the model of Anthology’s development gave us lots of ideas for our own building.” – Student
  • “Our team did a good job with problem solving because we didn’t panic when new problems happened – we just thought about it, shared some solutions and chose the best one.” – 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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