The Schools: Valence and Priestmead Primary Schools

Year 5 students from Valence Primary, in the Borough of Barking and Dagenham, and Year 3 students from Priestmead Primary, Harrow, are both in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Today was an excellent opportunity to put their enterprise skills to the test in a stretching challenge based in the financial heart of the City.

The Business: NatWest, London

National Westminster Bank Plc, commonly known as NatWest, is the largest retail and commercial bank in the United Kingdom. Since 2000 it has been part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, ranked among the top 10 largest banks in the world by assets. Today volunteers Ollie and Kim were on hand to help children hone in on Listening Carefully and Working in a Team. Let’s see how they got on.

The Challenge: Invest for Success

The day started off with an extremely informative tour of the premises, which gave students an insight on the day-to-day world of retail banking. The main focus for this challenge was to develop students’ understanding of risk and benefits. To practise this, they worked in small teams, and put their heads together to tackle questions from ‘The Million Pound Drop’. The students from both schools teamed up so effortlessly making shrewd group decisions about where to place their money. With the help of our NatWest volunteers they were soon armed with some top tips about how to manage risk and invest their money safely.

The Results:

With their understanding of ‘risk, benefits and investment’, the children then had to decide how they would invest £20,000 from their fictional clients Mr and Mrs Green. Their listening skills were put to the test as they researched different businesses who were all keen for their investment. The students learned that this was not a simple task and involved lots of problem-solving if they wanted to ensure their clients were to make a promising ‘Return on their Investment’.

The day culminated in a thriving trade fair where the aspiring investment managers delivered high-quality presentations in front of NatWest volunteers and school staff. By that point, the proud adults in the room had nothing but praise for the students as they all successfully accomplished their mission.

What they said:

  • “Super organisation. Really well thought out activities. Pitched perfectly for the age group. Thoroughly enjoyed by the children.” – Teacher, Valence Primary
  • “We loved seeing them develop over just a few hours and work so well in their teams! – Volunteer, NatWest
  • ” We checked that everyone was happy with our decision as a team because we voted” – Student, Priestmead Primary

Thanks to NatWest for such a great trip day, and to Year 5 from Valence Primary School and Year 3 from Priestmead Primary School for coming along.

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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