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Boom and Bust in Year 10 History

In History, the Year 10s have continued to focus on the economic boom of the USA in the 1920s. For some of the pupils this topic is straight forward, as they can apply their understanding from Business and Economics and clearly demonstrate the benefits of cross-curricular learning. However, for other pupils the economic aspects of the boom can provide a real challenge.

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In order to help the pupils, both Mr Dawson and I tackled the boom in different ways. Mr Dawson’s classes were divided into small groups in charge of presenting an aspect of the boom. This allowed them to become experts in an area of the boom and the opportunity for pupils to teach this knowledge to their peers was an invaluable learning process.

Meanwhile, my group focused on understanding the appeal of the stock market in the 1920s. Pupils took part in a mock stock market. Starting with $50, they were given the opportunity to buy, sell or maintain their shares in Siccardi Washing Machines. After various twists and turns which followed the economic developments of the 1920s, the teams got to count up their profits made.

Congratulations to Josi Ebeling and Chiara Lamieri for reaching record amounts of profits. Though all the teams were not able to make such huge profits, they understood the attraction and the risk of investing in shares!

Mr Greg Siccardi

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