Pupils prepare to bag profits in pop-up shop

Pupils  from Whittingham School whose shop will be opening in Alnwick.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Pupils from Whittingham School whose shop will be opening in Alnwick.'Picture by Jane Coltman
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Year 4 pupils at a north Northumberland first school are set to put their entrepreneurial skills to the test next week in a series of challenges.

The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) at Whittingham CofE First School is running a fund-raising pop-up shop in the former Collectables premises, on Bondgate Within, in Alnwick, from Monday to Saturday next week, from 9am to 5pm.

Emma Manners, Nicola Wood and Julia Dods  from Whittingham School  PTA whose shop will be opening in Alnwick.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Emma Manners, Nicola Wood and Julia Dods from Whittingham School PTA whose shop will be opening in Alnwick.'Picture by Jane Coltman

And on Tuesday, the Year 4 pupils will be selling bags they have designed as one of their challenges for Enterprise Week, while also travelling into town on public transport and needing to make the money back to cover the travel costs.

The enterprise project developed after the PTA approached the pupils with the idea of producing a bag for life for customers purchasing items from the pop-up shop.

It developed from there to encompass a number of challenges with the bags being just one, another being that they will be given £20 and have to double their money. A means of doing this is being finalised by the pupils.

To create the bags, the children have set up a project team and each member has his/her own responsibility – project manager, financial manager, advertising campaigner, product design and production, and administration manager.

There are three different designs for the bags with each featuring two images representing Northumberland. They are Longstone Lighthouse, a puffin, Bamburgh Castle, a map of the county, Dunstanburgh Castle and the Percy Lion.

One of the pupils, Ruby, explained that they thought the bags would be popular with tourists and visitors, but also locals.

The team has worked out how much they will cost and then set the price to make a profit; the bags will retail for £3.99. They have also done market research, asking people how much they would be prepared to pay for such an item.

In this cross-curricular activity, the children are learning what enterprise is, how to formulate business ideas and set up a business.

They have also learned about budgeting and finance as well as marketing, buying and selling, and putting their plans into action.

All of this has meant that they have all been involved in problem-solving, decision-making, communicating, teamwork and risk-taking, while also using English, maths, art and design skills.

The PTA is extremely grateful to Douglas Conn, from Cosmic Securities Ltd, who has made the premises available for them to use next week. If anyone wants to donate any items to be sold in the shop, they can drop it in at any point.