Manor Field Junior School pupils learn how to earn

Max Davis, nine, Megan Hagger, eight, with their stall at Manor Field Junior School

Max Davis, nine, Megan Hagger, eight, with their stall at Manor Field Junior School Buy this photo

First published in Basingstoke Andover Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A TEN pound note was turned into big money by children at a junior school, who learned about how to become entrepreneurs.

Each class at Manor Field Junior School was given a £10 budget to turn into a profit by producing items to sell on market stalls.

The youngsters at the school, in Haydn Road, Brighton Hill, Basingstoke, came up with some creative ways to make their money go further by making tea-light holders, finger puppets, notebooks, sweets and trump cards.

Around 100 parents came to buy the various items, helping pupils to generate profits, with one class raising more than £100.

The event was inspired by the school’s link with Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College, and pupils from the secondary school, in Wessex Close, led an assembly about enterprise.

Jan Cushing, headteacher at Manor Field, said the aim of the week-long project was to teach economic awareness so children developed an understanding of market research, work ethic, profit and teamwork.

She added: “At Manor Field, we have an integrated curriculum that encourages active learning for a real purpose.

“The business and enterprise event created opportunities for links to be made across subjects so that learning is enhanced.

“It was also extremely motivating and showed what can be achieved through efficient team work.”

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