The School: St John & Monica’s Catholic Primary School

St John & Monica’s Catholic Primary School are coming to the end of their first year of Enabling Enterprise, with teachers talking about how much they have enjoyed the trips and lesson time projects. Year 5 attended the Markets today, fresh from their Number Games project in school. The school has already re-enrolled to continue the focus on enterprise next year.

The Business: Bullring Markets, Birmingham

Over the centuries Birmingham’s markets have provided local people and businesses with quality produce and products at value prices. The three retail markets – Indoor, Open and Rag – make up the Bull Ring Markets and they occupy a modern retail space that draws on the city’s historic street patterns. They also play an important part in Birmingham’s role as one of the largest retail centres in the UK.

The Challenge: Magical Markets

Children demonstrated excellent listening skills as they interviewed Steve, who has worked at the markets for 38 years as part of a team of 30. He explained that there are several different markets including wholesale, outdoor, indoor and rag markets, selling different things. Steve’s role now includes looking after street stalls around the area. There are lots of other jobs at the markets as well as stall holders including security, promotion, finance and cleaning.

After an interesting tour of the market, including looking at several sweet stalls for inspiration, pupils were set the challenge of designing and promoting a new sweet stall, and presenting their ideas to markets staff.

The Results:

Pupils worked really hard in teams, demonstrating excellent abilities in listening carefully to each other’s ideas before deciding as a team which they should adopt. They came up with a theme for their new sweet stall and developed a design before pitching this to market staff.

What they said:

  • “This has been fabulous. I’ve just witnessed a pupil who hardly speaks at all in class speaking eloquently about the markets – it’s really engaged him.” – Teaching Assistant, St John & Monica Primary School
  • “As usual, pupils have impressed us with the professional behaviour and thoughtful questions, some of which have been quite challenging to answer!” – Volunteer, Birmingham Markets
  • “I’ve shared lots of ideas with my team and have got better at listening to them too!” – pupil, St John & St Monica Primary School

Thanks to Bullring Markets and Birmingham City Council for such a great trip day, and to Year 5 from St John & Monica’s 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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