When we all returned to class, we collated our survey results and these helped us to make some important decisions about the future direction of our product and business. We now had a clear business plan.
Our market research results prompted us to decide that we would:
- make a tomato soup.
- serve the soup in a plastic cup.
- offer portions of white bread as a side order.
- sell our soup in the school hall at both morning and afternoon breaktimes.
- charge 80p for a cup of soup and 40p for half a cup of soup.
We used our numeracy skills to help us draw bar charts to show the outcomes of our market research survey e.g a graph to show which soups potential customers would buy. Here are some of our bar charts:
Our market research survey showed that tomato soup was the most popular flavour soup amongst our potential customers. We therefore conducted a taste test of tomato-based soups in class to help us decide if we would make a classic tomato soup or one with a modern twist such as tomato and basil, tomato and vegetable, tomato with chilli or tomato and chorizo soup. Again we used our numeracy skills to represent our taste test results in the form of a pie chart. We had to convert the number of votes for each flavour soup into a percentage of the class. We also had to draw accurate sectors on our pie chart and to use a suitable colour-coded key. .
Our next step was to develop a 'brand' or 'image' for our product and to plan an advertising campaign to persuade potential customers to buy our tomato soup. We used our creative talents to design advertising posters for our tomato soup product. We were encouraged to design eye-catching, colourful poster adverts that would have a high-impact upon the audience. Our posters aimed to 'invite' potential customers to buy our soup through using persuasive techniques such as a catchy slogan, use of superlatives and wordplay such as 'souptastic'. We hope you enjoy looking at some of our advertising campaign posters below:
The class looked closely at all the advertising posters and voted for which one they thought would best represent our mini-enterprise product and would persuade most customers to buy our tomato soup. It was a close run thing with many contenders for the top spot but Abi's striking advertising poster for 'Soup Madness' with its slogan - 'You'll be mad if you can't taste this soup!' came out on top. So, now we had our brand name. J11 are proud to launch 'Soup Madness' - our very own rich, luxurious tomato soup. Here is Abi's fantastic advert:
Here are the top three advertisements we voted to be screened in assembly as part of our advertising campaign to encourage children and staff at Llangewydd to buy our 'Soup Madness' soup:
We were all set and ready to make our tomato soup! Working in four cooking teams, we worked together to prepare the vegetables. We peeled and carefully chopped the celery, onions and carrots into small pieces so that they would cook more easily. The onions literally brought tears to our eyes!
The next stage was to add the tinned tomatoes to the saucepans and to crumble stock cubes into the soup. We then added some fresh vine tomatoes, hot water and seasoned the soups with salt and pepper before bringing them to the boil and allowing them to simmer.
Soon the day of the soup sale arrived - Friday March 3rd. After all the planning, costing and preparation, we were finally ready to sell 'Soup Madness' to the school. Throughout the week leading up to our sale, we had launched our advertising campaign - putting up advertising posters around the school and presenting our 'Soup Madness' TV adverts in assembly. We also sent out a text to parents to inform them about the soup sale. In the morning we had lots to do. We had to heat up the soup, slice and butter the freshly-bought French bread and prepare a system for taking the money from our customers, giving them change and guiding them towards the serving hatch.
Soon the school buzzer sounded for morning break and we were open for business! Year 3 and 4 children bustled into the hall, smelling the aroma of our delicious soup. They were looking forward to buying their tomato soup and bread. Many bought full cups of soup at 80p a cup and others bought half cups at 40p. The bread was a popular choice too with many children lining up for buttered and plain fresh bread. Next it was Year 5 and 6's turn. The hall was so busy with customers and soon long queues of eager customers had formed. Kerching! We were only too pleased to accept their money as we needed to make as much profit as we could. Eleri entertained our customers by playing her electric guitar and singing as they drank their soup and ate their bread. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed listening to her and they even put money in a hat to show their appreciation of her talent. Our cashiers were smiling as the money we accepted from customers built up.
After a busy day's trading it was soon time to find out if we had made a success of our mini-enterprise and actually made a profit. Back in class, we counted up the money we had taken throughout the day. We were delighted to find that we had taken an amazing £138.20! Bendigedig! After deducting our costs of £32.97 that meant that we had made an amazing profit of £105.23!!!!!!! We were thrilled. Our mini-enterprise has been a resounding success. We will now discuss what we want to spend our profit on. Thank you to all our lovely customers who supported us by buying our 'Soup Madness' tomato soup.
Before we knew it, the day had ended and it was time to walk back to Llangewydd. We had a lovely day and had thoroughly enjoyed the many activities. Many thanks to Bryntirion Comprehensive School for organising such a fantastic Science Day and to the providers for their amazing workshops. We look forward to September when we will join Bryntirion Comprehensive School as Year 7 pupils.
Every class had the opportunity to visit the computer suites to login to 'Bug Club' in order to explore their very own online reading world. We all enjoyed browsing through and reading our e-books in our 'My Stuff' folder. As we read our ebooks, we clicked on the 'bug' icons to answer questions about what we had read. By answering these questions we earn golden coins that we can collect and use to play games, to exchange for stickers or to decorate a treehouse in one of the Bug Club reward worlds. Remember, the more you read, the more golden coins you earn.
To access the ebooks you have been allocated, visit the school website, click on the 'Active Learn' link and enter your login details.
We looked closely at our results. In the gallery below, you can see our groups with the electric 'Morse Code' circuits. We are great Science investigators!
Well done to everyone who handed in their Learning Logs. Mr. Evans has been thrilled with the standard of most of the pieces of homework produced and the effort many of you have put into them. The 'Evacuee' learning log stimulus was interpreted in so many lovely ways. Some of you presented key facts based on research, others wrote evacuees' letters or poems and some produced mind maps of information. Well done everyone! Here is just a small selection of your learning logs. Here are Eleri's facts about evacuation based upon her research. Look at how beautifully her work is presented with its evacuee label, suitcase and postcard home.
Look at Rowan's fantastic drawing of an evacuee. He accompanied this with an evacuee's diary entry where he empathized well with evacuees, thinking about how they would have felt at being separated from their families . Great skills! Sgiliau gwych! Mr. Evans loved Rowan's idea of a quiz about Evacuation where you had to look below the flaps to check the answers to his thought-provoking questions.
Here are Mia's diary entries written from the point of view of an evacuee. In her writing, she uses a personal tone and captures the thoughts and feelings of a young evacuee. She has really empathised with evacuees and thought about how they must have felt such sadness at leaving behind their families but also some excitement at the prospect of a new way of life in the countryside.
Here is Phoebe's 'Evacuees' mind map where she presents many facts about evacuation based on her independent reserach. Her work is presented in a striking, eye-catching way. Well done Phoebe.
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