Business world is child's play

PUPILS at an Ipswich school got to grips with business with the chance to build a new playground.

PUPILS at an Ipswich school got to grips with business with the chance to build a new playground.

Year seven children at Holywells High were given the hypothetical task of deciding where money should be spent if a new playground were built at the school, as part of a special enterprise day.

The pupils were split into 18 groups, each coming up with a playground design covering every aspect of the business world, from the planning process to the successful handling of finances and resources.

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The pupils were sprung an unexpected surprise in the morning when they were told the playground budget had been cut by half, to �50,000. This sneaky ploy was intended to give them a taste of the last minute hazards often thrown up by the business world.

Marian Kirkham, year seven form teacher, said: “The pupils needed to make sure the playground was student friendly but, while doing so, had to budget and think about health and safety.

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“It gave them a sense of how to work in groups and gave them an idea of how to work within a certain timescale. It's one of those things we all find difficult at times.”

The groups also had to market the idea and at the end of the day other children got to vote for the winning design.

The winning group were called Aqua Designs and they each won a �5 WH Smiths voucher.

The playground that was chosen included open-air and covered areas, a football pitch and basketball area. There was equipment for students to use and play on as well as a chill out area for them to relax in.

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