Year 8 students from Ken Stimpson had a different kind of morning than they normally do and spent it making origami ducks!
Sounds crazy, but there was reason behind it, they took part in our Ducks Enterprise challenge! The aim of the morning was to introduce students into key roles that are found within a workplace and build on key skills such as team work, leadership, negotiation and problem solving. Set out in teams (which are virtual businesses) the students assign roles to themselves – an accountant, sales exec, buyer, production, QC and a manager. The format is to create paper ducks by purchasing the raw materials, produce quality merchandise then sell for a profit to the Duck Truck company.
The Duck Truck company, is made up of local business employers that have volunteered their time to support the event and inspire the students. Volunteers from BGL, Perkins, BC Video and AB Agri gave their time and got stuck in to buying the ducks and negotiating deals with the students!
The morning was fast paced session – the students have to remember to pay their staff, pay back the initial loan to start the company and adhere to any new rules that are announced over the session such as the Duck Truck company wanting orders of big families of ducks, or Christmas designs only (I know a little early…).
It was such a fun session and the students really got involved and enjoyed themselves. They not only learnt and developed new skills they engaged with real employers and discovered more about the world of work. The winning team made a staggering £1500 profit (sadly only monopoly money) and showed excellent teamwork throughout, as did all the teams.
Tracey from AB Agri said: “I think the regular occurrences of bringing in employers to engage with students is progressive and valuable for both sides. Congratulations on being so forward thinking. A well structured and highly enjoyable experience for all involved. Well done to Debbie and Dan for establishing a great event, a fun environment, and super structure for relevant learning about the workplace and different roles”
And Alison from BGL said: “The children made such an effort I really think they enjoyed themselves and time went very quickly for them”