Last Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Entrepreneurs – second level

What is this?

This activity encourages children to reflect on what they have learned over the past few weeks and then design a product or a service that will have a positive impact on a family member or their local community. They will then pitch their product or service in the ‘Dragon’s Den’

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) experiences and outcomes: Second level

Technologies

  • I can extend and enhance my knowledge of digital technologies to collect, analyse ideas, relevant information and organise these in an appropriate way. (TCH 2-01a)
  • I can investigate how product design and development have been influenced by changing lifestyles. (TCH 2-05a)

Literacy and English

  • I can recognise how the features of spoken language can help in communication, and I can use what I learn. I can recognise different features of my own and others’ spoken language. (ENG 2-03a)

Purpose of the activity

This activity will enable children to develop their knowledge and understanding of product/service design. They will develop their creativity and presenting skills. Children will experience what it would be like to be an entrepreneur and consider the range of skills required to be one.

Learning activity

Discuss with the children what an entrepreneur is and what skills they might need to be one. This link may be helpful:
Social Enterprise Academy: Community Champions - Skills of an entrepreneur

Explain to them that they are going to design a product or service that will have a positive impact on someone in their family or local community. You may wish to visit ‘Scotland’s Enterprising schools’ and look at ‘the change challenge’. Scotland's Enterprising Schools:
https://enterprisingschools.scot/index.php

Children should:

  • Reflect on their own entrepreneurial skills. This link may be helpful:

    PDF file: Social Enterprise Academy - List of skills

  • Generate ideas about local environmental or social issues that children are aware of or concerned about.
  • Consider how they could design a product that would have a positive impact on someone in their family or local community. For example, they could set up a service to collect old household materials to be recycled.
  • Design their product or service being as creative as possible, bearing in mind that they are going to pitch it in the “Dragon’s Den”. They will need to think carefully about every aspect of their design or service as they will have to justify it to the panel.
  • Prepare a presentation to impress the dragons so that they will invest in their product or service. They should think carefully about their audience, how to be persuasive, how to capture their attention in a short space of time and consider the amount of information they give to them. (See link below)

    PDF file: Social Enterprise Academy: Persuasive Techniques

    To enable this to be completed well, they should develop a list of success criteria for their pitch that they can use to self-evaluate. This link may be helpful:

    PDF file: Social Enterprise Academy - Hints and tips

They may wish to record their presentation for self-evaluation purposes.

Extension activity

Children could research the other jobs associated with running your own business, choose one and develop a skills profile for this job.

National Benchmarks

Technologies

  • Gives examples of how our changing lifestyles have impacted on product design.
  • Selects the most appropriate digital software to perform a task.

Literacy

  • Recognises some techniques used to engage or influence the listener, for example, vocabulary, emphasis, tone and/or rhetorical questions.

Possible approach to assessing learning

When planning your approach to assessing learning, please take account of the latest guidance on assessment approaches.

  • Children could peer review each other’s product or service to make any suggestions for improvement.
  • Children should record their performance in the den in order to self – assess and identify areas for improvement.