Great St Giles Bake Off.

You may watch The Great British Bake Off but Year 6 took it a step further. Not only did they bake, they designed and made their own packaging, shopped for their ingredients, costed their Bakes, marketed their Bakes and then sold them.

As a post SATS project Year 6 completed the British Bake Off Challenge as a Business Enterprise exercise. Their end goal was to raise enough money so as they could buy a Green Screen to use in ICT and Code Club.

The children made a test batch, tasting, critiquing and familiarising themselves with the recipe and doing the washing up.

Some of the participants continued the work at home and did some more test baking. They also catered to different markets. One group made sure all their ingredients were Fair Trade ensuring all ingredients were ethically sourced. Another group made Dairy Free cookies, which was very simple to do without altering the quality or taste of their product. After the teams had finalised how they were going to decorate their cookies they then moved on to designing their packaging, all made from scratch. Then on to making marketing material and putting up posters around school.

While the teams were making packaging, one person from each group went shopping to buy the ingredients. The budget was £10 per group and it soon became apparent the groups were buying the same ingredients but wouldn't end up using everything. After this realisation the groups decided to share ingredients and pay each other the cost of shared ingredients. This cut cost considerably and took some maths skills to work out the new costs.

D-Day was approaching and there were biscuits to bake, decorate and pack. And the results were amazing.

Sale day came, a text had been sent out, posters had been seen and the talk on the Playground was The Bake Sale. And so it began.

All was sold and money was taken and now the hard work started. A report by each group was had to be written up about the whole process. What did they do to make their own Enterprise a success. How did they do it? Was it a success?

The big question still loomed - Did they make a profit?

Each group worked out their costs. How much did they spend after they revised their initial outlay? How much did they owe for sharing ingredients? Amendments were made finalising the cost. What was the real cost of the biscuits? What was the mean average cost of each biscuit? They then had to compare the cost of the same shopping if it had been done online.

And the results are in Year 6 made a profit of £58.00!

Please go and have a look at the display in the courtyard by Year 6 and take a look at their hard work. It really does show off all their skills both as individuals and as a team.

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