One of the experiences we have missed so much over the past year is Shoppers of the Week. At Rachel Keeling the children are very much part of the running of the school: helping to set up and tidy up. We listen to the children's opinions and value their voice.
Part of this work is involving them in the shopping needed for the running our school. Children helped to write lists, checking with staff any shopping that is needed for the week ahead.
This week we are using stories to cook: The Gingerbread Man and Handa's Surprise.
We needed some ingredients today to make fruit salad so the children helped to write the list: drawing the things we needed and attempting to mark make some sounds.
Next they went to Pam in the office to collect the money, which the children counted out and put into their purses. They walked to Mark's fruit stall on the market square, sharing talk on the way. Mark helped the children find what they needed, using their lists.
Children were confident to speak and hand over the money, counting the coins out. They packed the fruit into their school backpacks and carried it back to school. The children returned to school and Pam asked them to fill out an invoice and sign their names for the auditors!
At the moment we are limiting the shopping to the outdoor market but hopefully next term we may be able to return into the local shops too!