Little Sutton Church of England Primary, UK
Paper Jewellery by Year 6
Year 6 pupils at Little Sutton Primary developed their own business to help save the world's rainforests. Creating a company called 'The Paper Jeweller’, they made beads from the pages of old magazines and catalogues and used them to design earrings, necklaces and bracelets. The pupils developed into real entrepreneurs carrying out market research to determine price, choosing a name for the business and managing their accounts by producing profit and loss spreadsheets. Their company slogan was: ‘Don’t Bin it…Just Bead it!’
A pair of earrings and a necklace were made from the pages of the 2009 calendar of popular boyband Take That, and placed on ebay along with persuasive descriptions. Bids were competitive and the entrepreneurs were delighted with the final prices of £14.50 and £15. Following their success the pupils took two orders for bespoke designs from visitors to the school. The other items of jewellery were sold at the school open day and at the school summer BBQ.
The class decided to split the profits between protecting an acre of rainforest in the WLT supported Misiones Rainforest Corridor and developing the ‘Outdoor Classroom’ project. The ‘Outdoor Classroom’ project is currently taking place in the school's grounds. This project is being carried out in a wooded area of the grounds, where the school community are developing different habitats for British wildlife by planting native plants to encourage the wildlife back.