There has been a great deal of excitement in Year 6 this week as the new Global Enterprise Challenge competition commenced. The class will compete by forming 10 companies, marketing and selling products from cookies to keyrings. The project, as in previous years, will teach the companies to collaborate effectively and to develop an understanding of how businesses operate. Also, the challenge connects the class with pupils of a similar age around the world, as they share ideas by email and Skype with other competitors as far away as India and Israel. In the past, it has been great to watch class form friendships with their international counterparts, learning a great deal about other countries and cultures.
The next hurdle for the teams will be the ‘Dragon’s Den.’ Modelled on the BBC TV show, each group of budding entrepreneurs will prepare a presentation, as well as some prototype products to convince Mr Bishop, Mr James and Mrs Rothery to invest in their company. In addition, they will need to prove themselves knowledgeable in their business roles within the company, in order to answer the searching questions posed by the dragons.
Over the next few weeks, you may encounter year 6s conducting market research in the playground, so, if you have a few minutes, please help them out!