Enterprising Storybook 7: Weslandia

Wesley has human talent. It’s just that his peers see him differently, a loner, an outcast to be bullied. Fleeing them was the only sport Wesley was good at. Wesley’s story gives readers a fun way of looking at how societies develop. This story highlights the way an economic society can develop around a key resource.

Student learning 

  • The story highlights the way an economic society can develop around a key resource.
  • Starting a new civilisation/society requires human talent, lots of imagination and a ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • Wesley’s innovation allows every part of the plant resource to be used (zero waste).
  • Entrepreneurs (like Wesley) can be charismatic leaders.
  • Human talent: ideas and hard work are our most valuable resource.
  • The growth of economies and society require enterprising individuals.
  • People respond to incentives.
  • The consequences of choices lie in the future.

Curriculum links

This unit of work relates to the following key competencies and values:
Thinking; Relating to Others; Using Language, Symbols and Text; Managing Self; Participating and Contributing; Excellence; Innovation, Inquiry and Curiosity; Equity; Community; Integrity. 

Enterprising Storybook 7: Weslandia

  • Year 4-8
  • 1-5 hours
  • English
    Mathematics and Statistics
    Social Sciences
  • Free to NZ Schools
  • Led by teachers
    Training Available
Download overview

Students taking part will

  • Identify skills and attributes that produce enterprising or entrepreneurial individuals.
  • Understand the risks we take, and the choices we make impact on individuals, families and communities.
  • Evaluate the consequences of choices before making decisions.
  • Understand that values are key to the success or otherwise of society. 
  • Differentiate between goods and services.
  • Differentiate between needs and wants. 

Download includes:

  • ESB7: Weslandia