Saham Toney school children get enterprising for a week!
- Credit: Matthew Usher
There were no businessmen and businesswomen in a mid Norfolk primary school.
Instead it was full of business-boys and business-girls as 101 pupils at Parker's Primary School in Saham Toney, near Watton created companies and became entrepreneurs.
From reception to year six the pupils worked in their teams all week to create products based on their market research with the end aim of selling them all and making a profit.
The businesses made items from cards and paintings to a miniature chessboard with materials bought from the in-school shop, Sproston's Stores, named after headteacher Laura Sproston. Then they bartered their products in the school hall.
Jane Jones, the reception teacher who came up with the enterprise week idea, said it had taught the four to 11-year-olds a range of life skills.
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'They had to think what products were available, from card, to pens, to glitter and clay, and think what they can make in their teams,' she said.
'From the start I wanted them to think about what are people going to want to buy.'
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Pupils said they learned a lot from the week. Year six pupil, Amy Malin 11, from Shipdham, said she learned about costings. She said she hadn't thought before about where products come from and how they are created, but that the week in the school had shown her the process.
'I also learned you need to work as a team so it is not only one person doing the work.'
Edward Rowling, also in year six, said he learned about strong teamwork
'You have to work together otherwise you don't get things done,' he said. 'We sold out of our cards in the first 15 minutes.'
Mrs Sproston said she was very proud of the pupils' achievements.
'We are definitely going to build it into our curriculum because it has benefited the children so much,' she said.
It is hoped that during the next enterprise week in the new school year the children can take their products into Watton to sell them.