Young entrepreneurs plan lasting legacy at Dersingham VA Primary and Nursery School
From product pitching to managing marketing schemes, pupils in West Norfolk have been making their mark in business.
Pupils in year five at the Dersingham VA Primary and Nursery School set up businesses and sold their own products at the Dersingham Social Club, making hundreds of pounds in the process.
Class teachers Scott Siggins and Ian Platt handed each of their 42 entrepreneurs £5 to kick-start their own businesses.
They were given three-weeks to brainstorm products, develop, market and ultimately create them before selling their goods at a school run farmers market.
Mr Siggins said: “Both year five classes were given a few weeks to come up with a product, design it, market it and create it.
“They were all given £5 to start up their business.
“The majority clubbed together and pulled their resources together in small groups to make their money stretch.”
Pupils made chocolates, cakes, cookies, cream teas, candles, bath bombs, lip balms, and football related products, among more.
Parents, carers and members of the public came along to browse and buy some of their products.
“When we got our first sale the children’s faces just lit up, it was wonderful to see,” said Mr Siggins.
“The focus was on planning, developing and creating a product more so than making money, though we did make around £900 which is going to be spent on creating a lasting legacy.
“The children will ultimately decide what to spend their money on, but they are so far thinking about having a moral painted somewhere in the school by a local artist.
“This way they and other school children will be able to see what year five have done and what they achieved on Wednesday.”
Mr Siggins said the market was a great success and is already planning on repeating the event with next year’s pupils.