Big Ideas! Promoting Entrepreneurial Skills in the Primary Classroom – Lower Primary
Entrepreneurship is all about taking risks and assessing the outcomes. Children often fear failure; if something isn’t perfect, their tendency is to want to leave the failure behind and move on. The projects in this series intentionally creates situations where trial and error will be necessary to succeed. To this end, it is important to support and promote a healthy attitude to what may be traditionally seen as failure. If something is not working, then children should be encouraged to think about what they might do to change it, or what they might do differently next time. What have they learned from the experience?
Big Ideas titles incorporate two levels – one for the lower-primary classes and one for upper primary. Each level comprises a Teacher book with an accompanying set of Learning Journals for pupils, which are available individually or in value packs of 15.
The project outlined in these books are designed to offer practical opportunities for children to foster the following skills:
Teamwork – working effectively with others while exercising dignity and respect
Communication – sharing ideas and listening to those of others
Creativity – using the imagination to invent and makes ideas a reality
Problem-solving – understanding a problem and exploring solutions
Critical thinking – analysing information, making predictions and forming plans
Adaptability – adjusting to new challenges and learning from experience
Each teacher’s book has an accompanying set of pupil Learning Journals (available individually or in value packs of 15). The Learning Journals contain 24 worksheets, which have been specifically designed to support and extend the learning from the main session activities. Images of these worksheets are reproduced in the teacher’s books, with additional suggestions on how you might use them to focus on specific areas of learning or as the stimulus for further activities and discussion.
As children complete the worksheet activities, planning and responding to their project experience, they will be creating a valuable record of their learning journey. This will be helpful to the children when it comes to their own self-review of their work and also for your assessment of their learning and achievements.