The School:

Located in the London Borough of Newham, Curwen Primary School is in its sixth year of working with Enabling Enterprise as a partner school. Previously, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in a wide range of business trips to top employers such as Crossrail, Westfield, or London City Airport. The whole school has also successfully completed several Lesson-Time Projects over the years, as well as Big Sell-Off events every year, meaning students throughout the school are well versed in all eight of their essential Enterprise Skills. Today’s challenge was a fantastic opportunity for students from Reception to Year 6 to stretch those skills once more, this time on a creative and futuristic challenge.


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 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 outstanding creativity, demonstrating that Aiming High truly had no limit for them!

What they said:

  • “This is fantastic: they’re really taking ownership of their projects!” – Teacher
  • “They’re seeing how the skills we talk about are really being used today” – Teacher
  • “Today was hard but I couldn’t give up because my team kept encouraging me!” – 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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