This involved the children getting into groups to form 6 countries. A smaller group made the ‘traders’. Each of the 6 countries had a varying supply of money, raw materials and equipment. The ‘product’ were paper shapes and the traders were very exacting on the standards they would accept. The countries could exchange between themselves, using their bartering skills. To make life more difficult, random events were also introduced, such as ‘floods’ (water tipped onto the tables of paper) and export blocks. After around a hour, the children had a simplified model on how the basics of trade can work and the circumstances that different countries find themselves in.
A more recent challenge saw the classes move into small groups again. This time they represented the 5 different groups involved in the typical production of a banana. Some were farm workers, other were in charge of shipping and others owned the shops in which the bananas would be sold. They were then given a typical price for the food item of 30p and the groups had to come up with what portion of that price their group deserved and justify it, using information provided. The truth was eventually revealed and it shocked pretty much all the children. This then led into a discussion on Fair Trade.
Greg Wilde, Year 5 Leader