St Paul's CE (C) Primary School
St. Paul's Primary School in Stoke have been working with the Skills Builder Partnership since the beginning of the year to develop their students' 8 essential skills. We are supporting the school to embed the six principles of effective skills teaching and learning which builds on their curriculum and provides opportunities to work creatively and collaboratively in a variety of settings.
Perkins Engines (Stafford)
With a history stretching back more than 80 years, Perkins Engines Co Ltd. is one of the world’s leading providers of diesel and gas engines. Perkins was established in Peterborough in 1932 and is now a subsidiary of Caterpillar. Perkins engines can found all over the world, for example providing the emergency power system for the Shard as well many hospitals.
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, and then further as they explored the workplace through a tour.
Then, in teams, the students were set their Creativity challenge: to design a new gadget to help employees in their work. They researched existing gadgets, before finding out the sorts of problems people needed help with. They generated ideas for a new gadget that would help with their chosen problem. Learners 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 looked ahead to how they could apply this skill again in the future.