Enterprise 4 Kids

Enterprise 4 Kids is an inquiry programme that integrates enterprise, social sciences and technology education. It’s an easy way to get started with enterprise at a classroom level. Students set up businesses, become producers and consumers and participate as citizens in their society. Teachers are guided with week­-by­-week lesson plans, and receive resources to deliver the programme.


Student Learning

Through Enterprise 4 Kids, students will:

  • Gain knowledge, skills and experiences in the Social Sciences Curriculum (Levels 2-4)
  • Develop enterprise and financial capability
  • Develop the 5 key competencies, principles and values of the New Zealand Curriculum

Curriculum Links

Students will examine objectives from the Economic World strand of the Social Sciences Curriculum (Levels 2­-4). They’ll apply Technological Practice of the Technology curriculum, and use numeracy and literacy skills.

They’ll also engage the vision, values and principles of the New Zealand Curriculum, and develop their 5 key competencies.

Enterprise 4 Kids

  • Year 4-8
  • 1 term
  • Mathematics and Statistics
    English
    Social Sciences
    Technology
  • Free to NZ Schools
  • Led by teachers
    Training Available
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Programme Chapters

1. Markets and money

Students taking part will:

  • Investigate marketplaces, such as market fairs and farmers’ markets
  • Identify goods and services they could produce
  • Investigate examples of early money used to trade in NZ
  • Create a class or school currency

Download topic resources Resources include:

  • E4K Teaching Guide: Chapter 1
  • Template: Inquiry Chart
  • Template: Market Places
  • Template: Market Day
  • Template: Using Money
  • Template: Specimen NZ Currency
2. We are entrepreneurs

Students taking part will:

  • Investigate a range of business ventures they could operate as entrepreneurs in the classroom
  • Analyse the attributes enterprising and entrepreneurial people have
  • Analyse and record the attributes they have for employment in their PrEP society

Download topic resources Resources include:

  • E4K Teaching Guide: Chapter 2
  • Template: PREP Product Examples
  • Template: Deciding the Ventures
3. CVs and job applications

Students taking part will:

  • Identify information to be included in a CV

  • Write a personal CV

  • Apply for work within a venture

  • Understand why people seek work, and producers seek workers

Download topic resources Resources include:

  • E4K Teaching Guide: Chapter 3
  • Template: Job Roles
  • Template: Curriculum Vitae
  • Template: Letter of Application
4. Staff development - learning about the business

Students taking part will:

  • Develop skills for running their business, including accessing resources and venture capital (from classroom warehouse and bank)
  • Develop an understanding of business income and expenses
  • Develop an understanding of profit and loss
  • Learn cashbook accounting skills
  • Practice how people make decisions about the access to and use of resources

Download topic resources Resources include:

  • E4K Teaching Guide: Chapter 4
  • Template: Letter to Caregiver
  • Template: Sweet Treats Venture
  • Template: Sweet Treats Answers
  • Template: Instructions Accounting Game
  • Template: Game Transactions
  • Template: Game Board
5. Staff development - business planning

Students taking part will:

  • Decide which goods and services they will produce for market
  • Determine roles and job responsibilities
  • Complete a design brief for each of their products
  • Calculate the cost of resources and complete their first resource order
  • Create rules and laws for their Enterprise 4 Kids society

Download topic resources Resources include:

  • E4K Teaching Guide: Chapter 5
  • Template: Journal
  • Template: Brainstorm
  • Template: Decision Grid
  • Template: Design Brief
  • Template: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Template: Production Plan
  • Template: Evaluations
  • Template: Budgeting
  • Template: Marketing Plan
  • Template: Cashbook
  • Template: Profit & Loss Statement
  • Template: Assessment
  • Template: RUBRIK Assessment
6. Production time

Students taking part will:

  • Produce products and/or prepare services
  • Establish quality control systems
  • Keep track of business income and expenses
  • Evaluate their team’s efforts

Download topic resources Resources include:

  • E4K Teaching Guide: Chapter 6
  • Template: Bank Slips
7. Marketing your venture

Students taking part will:

  • Create and implement a marketing plan
  • Prepare market stall signs and decorations
  • Plan their market logistics

Download topic resources Resources include:

  • E4K Teaching Guide: Chapter 7
8. Market day

Students taking part will:

  • Prepare market invitations for parents and caregivers
  • Exchange their goods and services at a market
  • Complete all financial transactions, such as pay loans
  • Calculate their profit
  • Evaluate their work

Download topic resources Resources include:

  • E4K Teaching Guide: Chapter 8
  • Template: Glossary
As a teacher, we are always looking for real-world experiences for children to apply and extend their learning. While gaining the skills to create and run their own market stall, the children were able to grasp the complexity behind running a business that they previously were unaware of. This programme was a highly engaging way for children to apply their critical thinking and mathematics ability as well as developing many of the key competencies. Rebecca Bishop, Teacher, Gladstone School