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Operation Moonbase at Dairy Meadow Primary School
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Dairy Meadow Primary School
Based in the London Borough of Ealing, Dairy Meadow Primary have been a member of the Skills Builder Partnership since 2015. The students, staff and teachers are passionate about developing essential skills through a range of experiences. By taking part in a variety of trips to employers and working alongside professionals from a range of sectors, students are able to apply their skills to meaningful and relevant challenges in the world of work. Back in class, students from across the school put their skills to the test in exciting Challenge Days, whilst Projects run throughout the year to enable these skills to be stretched further in a range of challenges.
Operation Moonbase
Over the course of the challenge, learners applied essential skills to answer the question: What makes a successful society? They worked in teams to establish a new society on a distant moon called Utopia. They applied Problem Solving to select a crew to support them on their mission and applied Creativity to design a new species of animal to benefit society. Then, they applied Teamwork, Leadership and Staying Positive skills to design and create a model of the first city on Utopia. The day culminated with teams applying Presenting and Listening skills, as they shared their new societies with the wider group. At the end of the challenge, learners applied Aiming High by reflecting on the essential skills they had used throughout the challenge.
Teamwork Skills @ Dairy MeadowCreativity Skills @ Dairy Meadow
Creativity Skills @ Dairy Meadow
We are proudest of our Teamwork skills because we have all listened to each other and helped out with other jobs when we finished our own jobs. That was our target!
Year 5 Learner
It's been so fantastic to hear all of the discussions around skills. They've not only enjoyed the challenges but they've really understood what skill they were developing. The focus on skills has been excellent.
It's great to have this skill focus so early because it sets the expectation for the year. We will be using these skills every day, so by talking about what they look like and how we can improve, that's only going to help them get better!
Year 4 Teacher