Years 3 and 4 at Park School for Girls have a go at budgeting for a weekly shop in Tamil Nadu, southern India.
Shopping list by Hemma
Shopping list by Marianna
Shopping list by Mariam
Shopping list by Sahitna
Shopping list by Maeriyah
Shopping list by Aashna
Shopping list by Amelia
The pupils used the imaginary Chembakolli currency and role-play activity found in the Chembakolli artefacts booklet to do a weekly shop in a small town called Bospara.
Their first task was to chose the best type of transport to take them from Chembakolli to Bospara, bearing in mind that the road was very bumpy and they would have to carry their shopping back. The cycle and auto rickshaws and the bicycle were popular choices.
Some girls took the role of shopkeepers with goods such as sugar, rice, tomatoes, aubergines and potatoes to sell. The customers had 35 kolli to spend and needed to ask the cost of each item and make sure they paid the right money and received the correct change. All the girls had a turn in each role and recorded their shopping list.
Learning how to budget in Chembakolli
The room was busy with the sound of choices of being made and calculations being made. They helped each other to work out what they could afford and found in many cases that they had to choose very carefully with their limited budget.
Many resisted the temptation to buy just sugar and chocolate and instead made sure they had rice and vegetables for their family as well as tea to drink with just a small pack of biscuits as a treat.
Overall, a very successful activity that pupils really enjoyed taking part in!