A spooky time in the classroom

Pupils at a Morpeth school enjoyed a spooktacular challenge that gave them an insight into areas of business.

The My Teacher is a Vampire Enterprise Day activity involved teams of six students being asked to think about the marketing of books and use their literacy skills.

Morpeth's Newminster Middle School annual Enterprise Day (left to right) Tom Berry, Jamie Olah, Luke Holden and Joe Berry. 'REF 0602152498

Morpeth's Newminster Middle School annual Enterprise Day (left to right) Tom Berry, Jamie Olah, Luke Holden and Joe Berry. 'REF 0602152498

All year groups at Newminster Middle School and Technology College took part.

The beginning of a story was read out and the pupils discussed how it may continue in pairs. Following this, the teams pooled the ideas and picked the ones they thought were the best.

They then had to decide which role or roles each team member would have as various tasks had to be carried out – write the rest of the story, design a book cover and spine, write the blurb for the back cover and design and make marketing freebies and associated merchandise – within a set deadline.

Once they had been completed, the students did short presentations where they described what they did, showed their work and read their continuation of the story.

The activity was run in collaboration with the Northumberland Education Business Partnership and local business ambassadors were on hand to provide support when required. After the presentations, a range of awards were handed out by the organisers.

The skills that were developed in the tasks included team-building, communication, marketing awareness, time management and presentation delivery.

Sumeena Razzaqi, assistant headteacher at Newminster, said: “The day went extremely well. The students enjoyed the challenge and worked hard, which resulted in excellent presentations and end products being produced.

“The objective of the day was to give the pupils an insight into the world of enterprise.

“We believe it is imperative to provide opportunities such as this to our students to allow them to develop the skills that are of importance to future employers.

“Feedback from the business ambassadors was extremely positive.

“They were complimentary about our pupils and the school, saying that it had been a pleasure to work with the students. They also dished out a lot of praise for their work and their listening abilities.”