Gilbertstone Primary School
Gilbertstone Primary School in South Yardley, Birmingham have placed the development of essential skills at the heart of their school curriculum for over 6 years, determined to ensure their children are engaged in a wide range of creative and purposeful learning activities with a real relevance to life beyond the classroom. During this academic year all learners will be further developing their Essential Skills through participation in termly Lesson Time Projects and a whole school Challenge Day. Older students will have opportunities to visit several of our Business Partners to apply their skills in a work place setting.
Over the course of the challenge, learners worked in teams to design a brand new computer game, set in their own school. They needed to apply Creativity to decide on their initial game concept, style, and name. Then, the budding game artists applied Teamwork to design characters and Leadership to sketch their game world whilst using their Problem Solving skills to design a points system, tokens and exciting obstacles for their new game. The game designers then applied Staying Positive skills to de-bug lines of code, before applying Presenting and Listening to share their ideas with the wider group. At the end of the challenge, they applied Aiming High to reflect on the essential skills they had used throughout the day.