Dragons’ Den day at school

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

PRI­MARY school pupils be­came en­trepreneurs in their very own ver­sion of TV’s Dragons’ Den.

Year five chil­dren at Mot­tram St An­drew Pri­mary Academy had to per­suade a ‘Dragon’ to in­vest in a prod­uct they de­signed as part of their lit­er­acy learn­ing, us­ing per­sua­sive writ­ing.

The hon­orary ‘Dragons’ were class teacher Mrs Lucy Rus­bridge and school Bur­sar Mrs He­len Wool­ley who lis­tened to each group’s pre­sen­ta­tion and chose a prod­uct to in­vest in. A Dog­gie Lug­gage Bag for tak­ing a pet on hol­i­day, a Dog­gie Um­brella to keep pets warm and dry in bad weather and to keep your house clean, and a fly­ing bike to save on hol­i­day costs were some of the ideas pre­sented.

Oth­ers were a tri­cy­cle lawn­mower to en­able chil­dren to help with house­hold chores.

The groups pre­sented their ideas, de­scrib­ing their prod­uct’s fea­tures and ben­e­fits.

He­len Wool­ley said: “I was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the health and safety fea­tures, es­pe­cially on the fly­ing bikes and the tri­cy­cle lawn­mower.”

Pupils at the school will also use nu­mer­acy skills to en­sure a good profit mar­gin for their in­ven­tions.

Head­teacher Chris­tine Bowen said: “Cre­ativ­ity is at the heart of the school cur­ricu­lum and en­ter­prise ac­tiv­i­ties en­able the chil­dren to en­vis­age how their nu­mer­acy and lit­er­acy skills ap­ply to real life sit­u­a­tions, pre­par­ing them for the fu­ture.”

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