The School: Curwen Primary School

From the London Borough of Newham, Curwen Primary is a long-standing partner of Enabling Enterprise, now into their sixth year of developing the essential Enterprise Skills of their students. This has been done through a wide range of Lesson-Time Projects, trips to businesses across London, and successful Challenge Days such as their Big Sell-Off and this year’s Future Transport challenge.

Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 to put their Problem Solving and Staying Positive skills to the test outside the classroom with the support of professional business volunteers.

The Business: Statoil

Statoil is an international energy company with its headquarters in Norway. Statoil is the world’s largest offshore operator, with 20,500 employees and operations in over 30 countries worldwide. The company is a leading supplier of renewable energy and recently constructed the world’s first floating wind farm off the coast of Scotland, providing a clean and cost-effective supply of electricity to homes across the UK.

The teams today were very lucky to be joined by Eric, Emily, Ross, Asli and Ibrahim, who spoke to the students about their own jobs within the company, including work in accountancy and procurement, and the skills that they use in their day-to-day roles. The teams were also given a fantastic introduction to Statoil from Gill, who gave further details on the floating wind farm and wowed the students with some mind-boggling statistics on the size and weight of the turbines!

The Challenge: Decisive Developers

Having Listened Carefully to the volunteers speaking of how they use skills such as Problem Solving, Staying Positive and Aiming High in their own projects, the teams were ready to get to work! Taking on the role of developers, students were challenged to apply their own skills to decide upon which site they would 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’ plans (and budgets!) under strain.

The day culminated in teams pitching their plan for development to the judges, who posed as local and new residents, to see if their building was suitable for construction. The judges were blown away by the students’ creative ideas and the quantity and quality of their work.

What they said:

  • “I’m really proud of myself today because I know that my teamwork skills need to be better so today I listened to others, shared my ideas with them and contributed to the team. I’m still not perfect but I’m getting better!” – Student
  • “I have done similar tasks to this in my job, working with adults, and the quality of what these guys have produced, in their models and their decision-making, is higher across the board.” – Volunteer
  • “They’ve had a great day today and will remember this for a long time. It’s so important to come to places like this, meet professionals and have these experiences.” – Teacher
  • “I can’t believe how confident the teams were. They gave their presentations so clearly and really understood the task. You can see how hard they have worked as a team.” – Volunteer
  • “I have been Aiming High today because I sometimes give up too easily but today I set myself a target to keep going and get better. It wasn’t easy but I knew I had to keep on going if I wanted to improve.” – Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great trip day!

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