Year 6 have just started an enterprise project. The programme aims to give pupils the real life experience of starting a new business. 'Make £5 Grow' was created by Virgin Money and has benefitted over 500 schools throughout the U.K.
Pupils are split into groups and use a business loan from Virgin Money (£20) to design and develop a product or service. They will work as a team to fully develop their ideas; put their ideas in front of a judging panel for approval; carry out market research and finally sell their product. Along the way, they will improve their teamwork and communication skills; produce spreadsheets and charts showing their predicted profit margins; respond to judges feedback and evaluate their results. Watch this space for more information about the dates of the sales. Let's hope we have a new Richard Branson amongst us!
Today Kestrel class started to build different types of structures. Using a variety of materials, we experimented with various ways of joining and bracing simple shapes. We discovered that accurate measuring and marking out were crucial to the joining of our structures. We also found out that to make our structures stable we needed to strengthen them with triangulation and horizontal bracing; this strengthening process reinforced our structures to make them much more rigid.
We have already researched many famous structures such as The Eiffel Tower and The Iron Bridge near Telford - we will use this research to design and create our own prototype structures in the following few weeks.