The School: Curwen Primary and Nursery School

Curwen Primary and Nursery School in Newham is an Enabling Enterprise Primary School. So far this year every student has taken part in three projects, developing key Enterprise Skills, and a whole-school Challenge Day of the Big Sell-Off Extravaganza!

The Business: Societe Generale, London

Societe Generale is a French multinational banking and financial services company head-quartered in Paris. They are one of the largest European financial services groups. As a universal bank, Societe Generale not only offers Retail Banking in France but also International Banking, Financial Services and Corporate and Investment Banking, worldwide.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

The Year 4 students were split into teams to take on the roles of traders for the day, practising their Problem Solving as they made fast-paced trading decisions based on up-to-the-minute news and Staying Positive when the markets did not work in their favour! After interviewing the Societe Generale staff and touring the building the students worked together in their teams to analyse information from a number of sources before making their three trades.

The Results:

As the day progressed, the students were working in teams alongside volunteers navigating through the trades and Staying Positive when sometimes it didn’t go well. At the end of the day all four groups presented how they had used their Enterprise Skills in making their investment decisions. The Societe Generale volunteers judged the groups and were so impressed by them all, that every group was awarded skill certificates and one overall winner was crowned.

What they said:

  • “Great to see children who sometimes get lost in the classroom, come out of their shell” – Teacher, Curwen Primary and Nursery School
  • “This is my 4th year volunteering with Enabling Enterprise, I always really enjoy it” – Volunteer, Societe Generale
  • “I liked working as a team and sharing ideas with each other” – Student, Curwen Primary and Nursery School

Thank you Societe Generale for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 from Curwen Primary and Nursery School for coming along!

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