Enterprising pupils at Wellesley Park Primary School took the first steps in business management this week. Strawberry Evening Enterprises involved Year 5 children in a Business and Enterprise project to help them understand the skills needed in running small businesses – marketing, financing, product production and bidding for investment from the local community.
The children set up 5 separate businesses: ‘Yummy Gummies’ ran a Lucky Dip with an extra ‘dip’ for anyone picking a strawberry sweet; ‘Sweet Dreams’ sold loom bands and key rings and offered a ‘Hunt the Lolly’ game; the ‘Tasty Tombola’ team sold raffle tickets with hidden prizes for certain tickets; ‘Hapnav’ had assembled different prizes for adults and children in their raffle and ran a ‘Penalty Shoot-out’ with prizes for the highest number of goals scored in 60 seconds for pupils in each year group; ‘Raffolians’ enterprise had resulted in “sweets from Sugar Rush, a Sainsbury’s voucher, cuddly toys, books, chocolate and all sorts of other random prizes” for their raffle.
Each team wrote an advert for their stall which appeared in the school’s newsletter. The PTA provided strawberries and cream and parents turn out in force for the event.
Head Lindsay Gabriel said, “The project has been really successful and the pupils have done so well in getting support in the form of prizes from local businesses and retail outlets. They’ve learned a lot.”