Year 6: Gowling WLG in London
Horizon Primary is in their first year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by designing a creative range of hybrid transport prototypes, fit for generations of the future. Today’s Year 6 group travelled all the way from Kent to central London to stretch all eight of their essential enterprise skills outside the classroom and put their Sharing Ideas and Problem Solving skills to the test in the world of work with the support from professional business volunteers.
Gowling WLG is a Global 100 legal practice, with over 1,400 legal professionals and a range of dedicated business support teams across 18 cities in the UK, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Today a broad range of Gowling volunteers gave up their time to support the budding entrepreneurs. Let’s see how they got on…
The day started off with the students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs. Students then went on a tour of the premises, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of Law, including priceless views over the river Thames, and exclusive sneak peeks into their specialist Library.
Back in the room, students took on the role of Lawyers, exploring two different areas of law: Criminal and Business Law. The two separate cases put their Problem Solving skills to the test! The first case saw them review police evidence and then play the part of a defence lawyer to build a case for their client. In the second task, the teams of students act as mediators in a business merger, finding different possible solutions and considering the pros and cons of each.
Sharing Ideas skills were put to the test as new challenges arose, and also at the end of the day when each team presented their findings to a panel of professional judges.
Horizon Primary Academy is in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Previously, students in Year 5 have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in a trip to Bank of America Merrill Lynch (see below), when they took on the role of financial planners. Today’s challenge was a fantastic opportunity for students from Reception to Year 6 to put their Enterprise Skills to the test.
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’d travelled back in time to explain what the world would be like many years in the future. Teams applied Problem Solving and Staying Positive through a series of challenges designed to put their skills to the test. At the end of the day, students tested each other’s designs and practised their presenting by Sharing Ideas in front of the class.
Horizon Primary in Kent is in its first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. The school is committed to developing students’ Enterprise Skills and raising aspirations through project-based learning. Later this month the whole school will be taking part in a Challenge Day where students will be designing a range of futuristic transport prototypes. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 to put their Problem Solving and Staying Positive skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual customers, small- and medium-sized businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management as well as other financial and risk management products and services.
Today a range of BofAML volunteers were on hand to support our budding entrepreneurs take on a financial challenge in the world of work.
The day started off with the students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs. Students then went on a tour of the premises, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of finance.
Taking on the role of Financial Advisors, students were given the task of advising a client to make sensible financial decisions for a range of different life events. Teams had to put their Problem Solving skills to the test to work out the pros and cons of different suggestions. Taking the priorities and needs of the client on board, teams then worked together to suggest the best possible course of action for their client. The teams’ Staying Positive skills were put to the test when they realised that decisions they had made earlier on were having an impact on the advice they were giving their client later in the day.
The day culminated in teams holding a budgeting meeting with the client to share their top tips and financial advice. Volunteers watched the meeting and used their expertise to judge which team had used their Problem Solving and Staying Positive skills to make the most sensible decisions along the way.