Whole School Enterprise Topic: Dyce’s Den
The Plantosaurus Garden Centre, Primary 2A from Dyce Primary School
At Dyce Primary School this term the whole school has an enterprise theme running through their topics. We do this every year and the overarching theme is Dyce’s Den. Each class had to come up with a project which they pitched to the Parent Council who then agreed to lend them a start up fund of between £50-£80 a class. This money has to be repaid at the end of the topic and any profit can be used as a class reward, to purchase resources for the school or donated to a charity of the class’ choice.
This year we have a range of enterprise projects running as a result! P1 are running a Fruit Café, We have a range of enterprise projects running as a result! P1 are running a Fruit Café, P3 are making and selling sweeties based on reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we have a French Café and also P7 are holding a Jumble Sale.
Primary 2A have chosen a garden centre because they wanted to learn about plants and enjoyed learning about money – it snowballed from there!
How it developed
Once P2A had decided that they were going to run a Garden Centre, we needed a name! We worked in Co-operative Learning Groups to design a name and logo for our company! Each team had 2 hours to complete their design and then the finished products were displayed in class. Each child then voted on which design they liked the best and The Plantosaurus Garden Centre was created!
Next we discussed what roles might be involved. It was decided that we needed a Manager, a Depute Manager to help the manager, a Finance Manager and team, a Sales Manager and team, an Advertising Manager and team and a Gardening Manager and team! The children who wanted to be considered for a managerial position were asked to put their names in a hat, the class then voted for who they felt would be best for each role. The teams were then decided by the managers who thought carefully about each person’s likes and strengths to ensure they would be happy in their role.
The group who designed the winning logo worked with myself to create a large scale display for the wall and decided that everyone’s photo should be featured in a flower on the display. This display is now at the entrance to the class area.
The Manager and Depute Manager worked with the managers to create a Business Plan and the Finance Manager created a Budget. Working out, with the help of his team, what items would need to be purchased and how much they might cost.
We have a small garden in the playground which the children wanted to work in, on closer inspection, this garden was dreadfully overgrown and we put out a call for help to our parents and the community! Step forward an excellent band of helpers including parents, the local men’s shed and the local gardening club, Dyce in Bloom, who are currently transforming this once neglected patch into the children’s vision of a workable and sustainable garden.
This caused a little set back as we could not plant outside! Our Gardening Manager, Lois decided that we didn’t need to be outside and we could turn our classroom’s wet area into a growing area. Lois and some of her Gardening Team visited our local Asda to purchase pots, seeds, soil and tools using part of their Parent Council start up fund.
Lois then offered the help of her dad! Who is the Operations Manager for Aberdeenshire South for the National Trust for Scotland! He enlisted one of his head gardeners and came in to work with the children, teaching them how to make pots from newspaper and how to plant and care for seeds. We had a lot of fun!
The Gardening Team have been leading the way with our planting and working with every pupil in the class. We currently have 150 pots planted and ready for sale!
The Advertising Team lead a session on ‘What makes a good poster!” and every child in the class created posters using the success criteria set. They then chose a winner, which with the help of the office staff, they scanned and emailed to every family in the school. All the posters created are now on the walls of every classroom in the school!
The Sales Team are busy prepping for next week when we will start selling our plants. This begins during Family Friday, when all parents across the school are invited into school to join the learning.
As well as selling our plants, parents will be able to make their own newspaper planter and plant seeds to take home.
What pupils gained
This project has not concluded yet, however the pupils have developed in their leadership skills, their communication skills have been enhanced as they have led sessions, spoken to parents, learnt how to use Twitter to share our learning and most importantly worked well in a group and as a team.
Every member of the class has had a vital role to play and the managers have encouraged and ensured everyone has joined in.
Is it sustainable?
The pupils have decided that any profit made will be used in our Garden Area. This will be used to buy plants or towards resources that may be needed.
The Garden, which has seen huge parental and community backing will continue to be looked after by a Pupil Gardening Club which will be open to pupils across the school.
One of our main successes will be that this once overgrown area will now be accessible to all of our pupils including those who use wheelchairs.
It also opens community link opportunities as the Dyce in Bloom Gardening Club are happy to help the pupil’s maintain the space and to be on hand to offer hints and tips when needed.
What costs did you incur?
The children asked for £80 from the Parent Council and have not spent it all, however we have been lucky in receiving free resources from The National Trust and our Parent Council have taken on the financial cost of preparing the garden area.
Did you involve other partners?
We are grateful to all our partners who have become involved.
James Henderson – Operations Manager for Aberdeenshire South, National Trust for Scotland
Lynsey Dalgarno, Chair of the Dyce School Parent Council
Scott Taylor, Parent Helper
Mr M Shearer, Dyce in Bloom Gardening Club
Mrs Z Bavidge, School Secretary
What support did you get?
We used our £80 to purchase soil, pots, seeds, labels and tools.
Parent Council are sourcing and paying for the materials to create a use-able garden space for the future.
Mrs Gillian Hewitt
Depute Head Teacher
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