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Isle of Ely Primary School
Mott MacDonald
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Isle of Ely Primary School
From Ely in Cambridgeshire, Isle of Ely Primary school has been working with Enabling Enterprise since 2015 to develop a set of eight Essential Skills in their students. Over the years, students across the whole school have been developing their Essential Skills through Lesson-Time Projects as well as Challenge Days and Trips to Employers.
Mott MacDonald
Mott MacDonald is employee-owned management, engineering and development consultancy working around the world.
Building Bridges
From the moment they arrived, the students were putting their problem solving and teamwork 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 and then further as they explored the workplace through a tour. Then, in teams, the students were set their challenge, to design a new bridge for the fictional town of Bogsby. They set about researching possible locations, considering community concerns and building a scale model of their proposed scheme. After all this, they took their proposal to a panel of volunteers representing a planning committee, who scrutinised not only their design but also how effectively they had used their Essential Skills across the day.
One of the best trips I have been on in all my years of teaching! Excellent organisation, valuable input for the volunteer adults and clear progres in Teamwork and Problem solving. I also notices some children showing a different side of themselves today.
So much fun to work with this age group - they have amazed me with their energy and creativity. I would definitely do this again.
The best part of the day was talking to the judges about our bridges.
Student, Year 2