Malmesbury Primary School undertake an exciting Enterprise Week!
In the first week of July, students from nursery to Year 6 at Malmesbury Primary School in Merton departed from their usual timetables to take on the role of young entrepreneurs working on a range of exciting projects.
Nursery and Reception took on the role of bakers (see image left) and set up their very own pop-up bakery - with highlights including hedgehog bites and star biscuits. Years 1 and 2 became charity workers and set up events to raise money for causes such as British Heart Foundation and WaterAid. Years 3 and 4 took on the role of health professionals and campaigned to promote healthy lifestyles by setting up health-themed games and giving out leaflets and stickers (see image right). And, Years 5 and 6 became entrepreneurs and set up their own mini businesses providing specialist fun games for other children in the school.
The week’s challenges introduced students to concepts such as market research, advertising and profit-making, and provided a learning framework to nurture creative ideas as they progressed from the drawing board to reality. The week culminated in students setting up stalls at their summer fair where they were running their businesses or advocating their cause. Special guests of the day included parents, carers, local community members and representatives from a local charity.
These extended projects were designed by Enabling Enterprise’s team of teachers to develop students’ core transferrable skills in areas such as working in a team, sharing ideas and problem solving.
Malmesbury Primary have been working with Enabling Enterprise since 2014 to develop their students' enterprise skills. In this time students have been engaging in practical, real-world projects that provide invaluable opportunities for the development of skills that are integral to children’s future learning and their success beyond school.
Sarah Ritchie, Senior Associate at Enabling Enterprise said:
"This week has given students the chance to contribute to the wider community. They have applied skills such as teamwork and problem-solving to a range of challenges focused on helping others and raising awareness of important issues. Walking around the final celebration event, I was really impressed by students' confidence and enthusiasm."
Enabling Enterprise was founded by teachers in 2009, and now works with over 80,000 students nationally. A not-for-profit social enterprise, our vision is to ensure that, one day, every student will leave school with the skills, experiences and aspirations to succeed.
Our practical approach and its impact have been recognised by awards from Teach First and Education Investor who named us their “Partnership of the Year”. In 2015, we won the PwC Social Enterprise Social Impact Award and were highly commended in Social Enterprise UK's 2016 Social Impact Award.
To achieve our mission, we work with primary and secondary schools to build a high level of competence and confidence in eight vital enterprise skills: Being Creative, Problem Solving, Aiming High, Staying Positive, Listening & Understanding, Presenting, Working in a Team and Leading.
We work to achieve our mission in partnership with over 120 employers across a wide range of sectors and 270 schools to make enterprise a core part of the school curriculum.