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Hope Community School
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Hope Community School
Located in Bexley, Hope Community School joined the Skills Builder Partnership in 2017 with a long-term vision of how to develop the essential skills in their learners. We are supporting this school to embed the six principles of effective skills teaching and learning. This builds on their curriculum which provides opportunities to work creatively and collaboratively in a variety of settings.
The Thames Tideway Tunnel is an under-construction 25 km tunnel running mostly under the tidal section of the River Thames through central London, which will provide capture, storage and conveyance of almost all the combined raw sewage and rainwater discharges that currently overflow into the river.
Imaginative Inventors
From the moment they arrived, students were putting their essential skills into action. First of all by gathering as much information as they could about their hosts and the volunteers who were joining them for the day. The students had the opportunity to ask questions about the workplace, the roles of the volunteers and the skills they needed to do their jobs. Then, in teams, the students were set their Creativity challenge: to design a new gadget to help clean up the Thames. Learners came up with a range of inventive ideas and then combined their ideas into a final design. They worked in teams to draw a diagram of their new gadget, with labels to show off the exciting features. The day ended with a chance to share their achievements with a panel of volunteers. They reflected on how they had applied Creativity throughout the challenge and were given valuable feedback from the panel.
PresentingVolunteer Interview
The children left the day with aspirational ideas for a future career. Inspiring to present to real-life engineers. A fantastic day. Very well organised, engaging and exciting.
The best part of the day was seeing all the amazing ideas the children presented and drew out. I could see from the children's reactions that they were really impressed by the day.
We used our creativity and teamwork to come up with a new idea no-one has thought of before. We created a robot which would eat the rubbish and make the Thames clean without hurting the fish. We came up with lots of ideas and then chose the best one.