The School:

Trinity Primary Academy is in its second year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Essential Skills by taking part in Lesson Time Projects and a careers week. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 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, volunteers from project management, office management and marketing joined students to support them in their challenge.

The Challenge: Decisive Developers

The day started off with the students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Essential Skills required to do their jobs. Students then went on a tour of the Hale Works premises, which allowed the teams to see a model apartment. They learnt about the decisions that have to be made when constructing a real-life building, including when to include balconies and how to make the best use of space.
Taking on the role of Developers, students were then challenged to apply their Problem Solving skills to establish on which site to choose 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 pitching their plan for development to the judges, who judged if their building was suitable for construction.

What they said:

  • “The students learnt how to overcome challenges, to stay positive and to problem solve using a real-life situation. It was great to have volunteers from the actual development to support them. ” – Teacher
  • “Its been lovely to see them come out of their shells throughout the day!” – Volunteer
  • “I was really proud of how we worked together as a team – I’ve never worked with these people before, but we all got on really well and supported each other.” – Student
  • “It was fun – I liked designing and building the tower. Even when it was tricky we kept smiling!” – 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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