The School: Netherton Church of England Primary School

Year 4 students and teachers at Netherton Church of England Primary School, Dudley in the West Midlands, have made the absolute maximum of every enterprise education opportunity presented to them so far this academic year. With much enthusiasm for both their lesson time projects and the business trips they have attended, there was no doubt that the school’s first ever Enabling Enterprise Challenge Day would be approached in a most positive manner.

The Challenge: Greetings Card Challenge

The 8 and 9 year olds, keen to further develop their teamwork skills, formed their own greetings card companies and set about designing and manufacturing a range of cards, hoping to sell them to the class card shopkeeper. The mathematical challenges of how to best spend their business loans, how to ensure the best price for their products and calculation of profits, made sure that teams were on their toes throughout, before finally presenting their range of cards to their class mates and a panel of judges.

The Results:

The students, engaged and focussed throughout, were able to showcase just how much they had learned about the enterprise challenge skills in their lessons and on trips. Even when teams experienced difficulties, effective problem solving strategies were used and it was particularly pleasing to see leaders bringing their teams together on the production line and later, individuals overcoming nerves to present confidently to the judges.

What they said:

  • “Seeing some of our children who sometimes struggle in group activities developing better strategies for team work is really great. This is having a positive impact for them in their other lessons too.” – Teacher, Netherton Church of England Primary School.
  • “I’ve realised if we share our ideas and work together, we can be more successful than on our own.” – Student, Netherton Church of England Primary School.
  • “I love our Enterprise work. I love the lessons and I was super lucky to go on a business trip too. It feels really grown up working like this on a Challenge Day.” – Student, Netherton Church of England Primary School.

Well done to everyone who was involved.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us.

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