The School: Pinner Park Junior School, Harrow

In their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise, Pinner Park Junior School in Harrow, have started to embed the Enterprise Skills across the curriculum with a focused challenge day. A brilliant chance to introduce and reflect upon the Challenge Skills before classes begin their Lesson Time Projects in the Spring Term.

The Challenge: Greetings Card Challenge Day

The school decided to use this opportunity to connect with their link school in Uganda by becoming card companies. Their task was to design and make Christmas cards to be sold in order to raise money for their Ugandan friends. The day was also a good opportunity to explore the world of business as well as using and applying numeracy to calculate profit and loss in a real context.

The Results:

During the production line, teams were able to test out different strategies to maximise this potential profits. For example they attempted to increase their efficiency on their production line; solve problems in the team that were slowing them down; look to other teams for advice and good practice; and also persuading teachers to pay more for their cards. These were all valuable lessons that can be applied to team-work scenarios again in the future. Finally, the last hour of the day saw a shift onto literacy, as students had to use persuasive writing techniques, as well as practising their speaking and listening skills, in their Dragons’ Den style pitches at decide the final winners.

What they said:

  • “We’ve had such a fantastic day. It’s been great to take a step back and watch the children work with each other in a different way.” – Teacher, Pinner Park Junior School
  • “Our team were really good at problem solving because at first we weren’t all making the same cards so we needed to stop and work things out.” – Student, Pinner Park Junior 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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