The School:

From the London Borough of Waltham Forest, The Winns are in their third year working with Enabling Enterprise to develop a set of eight Essential Skills in their students. Over the years, students in all year groups have had the chance to explore the essential skills through a range of Lesson-Time Projects in their classroom, but also on employer visits to an array of businesses across London – Save The Children, The Page Group , UK Power Networks, Metaswitch and Lendlease only to name a few from this academic year alone! The school is dedicated to enterprise education and therefore has successfully completed several Challenge Days – for example when they designed a video game based on their school premises, or more recently, when they came up with a variety of hybrid transport prototypes fit for the next millennium! With the football World Cup about to kick off, today was the perfect occasion for students across both schools to show off their Creativity and sporting attitude as every class from Nursery right through Year 6 took on this one-of-a-kind challenge with gusto.


The Challenge: Game On

The day started with a special assembly for all classes, where it was very clear in every Key Stage that students were going to be creative from the get go. Over the course of the day, students used their Teamwork skills in order to design a brand-new sport that promoted a sense of community. By looking at current popular sports, the students developed an understanding of how surfaces, equipment and people affect gameplay. Throughout the day, they also considered how sports can not only challenge a player’s physical ability but also put their essential skills to the test, such as Aiming High and Staying Positive.

At the end of the day each team used their Presenting skills to show off their new sport to the rest of their class, who then voted on the best idea.

What they said:

  • “This is very very good for their speaking so I’m glad to see they’re actually Aiming High with their persuasive language.” – Teacher
  • “I’ve been really impressed with their teamwork today actually – you’d think at their age they’d always want to have it their own way, but actually no, they’ve been really good at compromising, I’m pleased to say, especially for the children I’ve worked with.” – Teacher
  • “When there is a leader in your team, they’re listening to everyone, so if you’re stuck on something, the leader can help out or tell people how to join in.” – Student
  • “It was really hard to come up with our ideas, but we shared all our ideas and then we took a vote to decide which one was better.” – Student
  • “Our most favourite moment was when we designed our pitch together – that’s when we felt we were a really strong team!” – 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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