Outdoor learning: Junior entrepreneurs

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By Andy HuttICT expert

Swap the classroom for the boardroom and teach children important life skills with our new cross-curricular series. This month: the garden challenge

Children holding hands

Working together to improve an area of their school is a fantastic way to develop children’s teamwork skills

You’ll have probably seen that TV programme where a group of ‘apprentices’ slug it out to win a top job with Sir Alan Sugar. The in-fighting and cut-throat competition demonstrated is all a bit unhealthy, but what if you could bring some of the more positive elements into the classroom?

In 2001, The Guardian organised a competition that asked children to outline plans for their ideal school. With more than 15,000 entries, it certainly touched a nerve. Children had strong views on how their schools should be and a strong desire to see the plans become reality. Our new ‘Junior entrepreneurs’ series is a great opportunity to capture that same enthusiasm, by asking children to work on authentic school-based projects and put into practice all the skills required by a real-life apprentice.

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