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Windy Arbor Primary School
University of Birmingham
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Windy Arbor Primary School
Located in Solihull, Windy Arbor Primary School have been working with Skills Builder since 2017 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.
University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham has been one of the UK's top universities since its foundation in 1900. Around 16,000 students from all over the world currently study there as well as thousands of researchers. The University is a world leader in many research fields including Sport and Exercise Science, Computer Science and Cancer Studies.
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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 ambassadors who were joining them for the day, and then further as they explored the campus through a tour. Then, in teams, the students were set their Creativity challenge: to design a new gadget to help students or staff at the university. They researched existing gadgets, before finding out the sorts of problems people at the university 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 ambassadors. 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.
A great opportunity! It has been good to see another side of the children which we may not get to see in the classroom. In particular, their creativity and ability to work cooperatively in a team.
Teacher, Windy Arbor Primary School.
We had a great time today working on our skills. I really liked going on a tour of the university. I want to come to university to study Art when I'm older.
Year 5 pupil, Windy Arbor Primary School.
A fantastic day! The children were so engaged in the tasks and demonstrated great creativity. The day has also made me think about my own skills!
Student volunteer, University of Birmingham