Located in Solihull, Windy Arbor Primary School have been working for over 2 years to ensure the development of essential skills is central to their curriculum offer. Focused on ensuring children from the Early Years to Year 6 have multiple opportunities to work creatively and collaboratively as they learn and develop transferable essential skills. This year, children will take part in lesson time projects and a whole school challenge day. There will also be opportunities to visit local workplaces to bring their learning to life.
Over the course of the challenge, learners applied essential skills to answer the question: How can we help people celebrate events? They explored the world of enterprise by setting up and running their own greetings card company. They began by applying Listening skills to research existing cards and experiment with different pop-up mechanisms. Then, they applied Leadership skills by holding a team meeting to agree on a theme for their own set of greetings cards. Next, the budding entrepreneurs applied Creativity skills by designing their cards, before applying Problem Solving to identify the resources they would need to make the final set. Against the clock, learners applied Aiming High to create a set of identical cards. The day ended with learners applying Presenting skills, as they shared their enterprising creations with the wider group, before applying Staying Positive skills to reflect on challenges they had faced throughout the day.