Preparations began on the first day of the new term with each class busy making items for the journey and goods to trade. Woven material, fresh bread, jewellery, pottery and chickens, all hand made by the children, were on offer. With the group forced to take a revised route, the sword carriers were successful in preventing any threat of an attack by the bandits, and all the goods made it safely to the Souk.
Team work was required in the build up to the day and for the journey ahead but once trading began, children needed to work out their own strategy to complete the task successfully. The challenge intensified for the young traders once they realised that for some products, demand was greater than supply. Rewards for successful, honest and strategic traders were presented throughout the afternoon.
As trading came to an end, the children gave plenty of positive feedback about their experience. A very successful entry point to learning about The Silk Road and as we’re only at the start of this journey, there is a lot more to come throughout the year.
Gregory Ramsden, Year 5 Class Teacher