The School: Geoffrey Field Junior

Geoffrey Field Junior School is based in Reading and part of the Whitley Excellence Cluster With some of their KS2 students having previously taken part in an exciting competition, the school are in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise, as teachers seek to embed students’ skill development further throughout exciting experiences both in and outside of the classroom.

Today’s challenge was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 to put their Enterprise Skills to the test in a special Challenge Day that was truly out of this world!

The Challenge: Operation: Moonbase

The challenge kicked off with an exciting assembly where students were asked to reflect on the world around us and to identify some of the core issues we face. Using their Problem Solving skills, they thought about ways to find an opportunity to establish a new world, they began Using their Imagination to think about what this might look like! The newly-inducted cadets were then introduced to their task: to establish a new society on a distant moon called Utopia.

Students’ Working in a Team skills were really put to the test as they were faced with a series of challenges that required students to use their Essential Skills. First, teams needed to practise their Problem Solving to select a crew which would support them on their mission, Sharing Ideas to put forward the case for their selections and Staying Positive as teams worked against the clock to compromise and reach a final decision that everyone was happy with.

Students then had to Use their Imagination and design a new species of animal to benefit their Utopian society. By Aiming High, teams sought to combine the most desirable features from existing animals on Earth in order to create something magical. The next stage of the challenge required students to create a model of their own dream city, the new capital of Utopia. Once again, teams’ ability to Work in a Team was crucial as students worked against the clock, with many Leading their team mates effectively by keeping them on task, supporting where help was needed, and ensuring everybody had a job to do!

The day culminated in a series of persuasive pitches at the Intergalactic Trade Fair, which gave each team the opportunity to show off their fantastic ideas and convince new citizens to make the journey to Utopia in search of a new life.

What they said:

  • “They have managed to get on with their tasks so well and have really worked hard to support each other as a team and keep everyone happy. It’s such an important skill for them to learn and their problem-solving has been great as a result.” – Teacher
  • “I love this. I do lots of art and creating things at home and I have so many ideas but sometimes I don’t have the time to use them, so it’s really nice to use my imagination and bring out my ideas.” – Student
  • “There’s been a great buzz around all the tasks and they have really risen to the challenge. Lots of them were going off to break and lunch with ideas whizzing around inside their heads, and then coming back and sharing these with their team.” – Teacher
  • “We are proud of what we have done today. We have shared our ideas and stayed positive when we disagreed so that we could discuss this properly and reach a final decision. Our teamwork skills have definitely improved and we now understand more about how we can all help and support each other.” – Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great Challenge Day!

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