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Shop ‘til you drop!

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Helen Frostick reports on a project marrying the concepts of shopping and business to inspire year 6 pupils to consider career options, build team-work skills and solve mathematical problems

During a visit by my nephew from his international school in Italy, I was impressed by how animated he was while describing his “favourite unit of work ever”. It was entitled “Shop ‘til you drop!”. 

My brother was equally animated to tell me that his domestic-shy son had taken to baking brownies to sell at the end of the school day – all in the name of education. I listened with interest and decided on the spot that pupils at my primary school would also reap such benefits and implemented it at my school straight away.

The project begins with the year 6 class teacher setting the challenge to their pupils of coming up with fundraising ideas for the school. The inspiration continues with the fact that the pupils themselves can choose what to spend the money that they raise on – their legacy to the school as they leave us behind to transfer on to their secondary schools.

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