On Tuesday 28th February, Year 6 got their ‘persuasive selling’ hats on for a variation of the trade game that we have played before to help demonstrate particular learning points. In this format, we had 4 groups: the banana growers (making paper bananas), the buyers, the shops and finally the customers.
The growers were given an initial brief of under-ripe green/yellow bananas but the customers also started to demand some other criteria that would have to be communicated down the groups (as would happen in the real world). The growers also had to negotiate random events such as catastrophic weather or enabling blind workers to do their jobs. Some groups had an advantage by being part of the ‘Fairtrade’ program and hence had more resources.
The game ran for over an hour with the aim for the growers, buyers and shops to make as much money as possible, while the customers tried to get the most high-quality ‘bananas’. We concluded the event by getting the children into groups to discuss how much of a share (of the typical price of 30p) they thought the different groups typically would get from a banana. There was a shock when the grower’s share was revealed…1p!! We then linked this back to the importance of supporting initiatives like ‘Fairtrade’ that helps get a fairer share for the growers.
Greg Wilde, Year 6 Teacher & MP3 Assistant Leader