Active learning for Port pupils

Mrs Dunlop shows a pupil how to use the barcode scanner.
Mrs Dunlop shows a pupil how to use the barcode scanner.

Pupils from Port William recently put their active learning into practice.

Over a four week block, children from the 3, 4 and 5 class visited one of their local grocery shops and put their numeracy skills to the test. With the kind permission of Mrs Dunlop each pupil was given a free scope to explore the shop and choose up to three items each. Their first task was to calculate the total amounts mentally then they subtracted the sum from five pounds.

Mrs Dunlop then allowed the children to scan each item to make sure they had the correct amounts, next they used the till to give the correct change. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the hands on experience. A few pupils were also allowed to serve “real” customers who came to purchase items from the shop. Here are a few quotes from the children: Ellie said: “Learning this way was a fantastic experience!”, “It was epic; I really enjoyed pretending to buy real stuff and counting out the change!” said Anna. Katie commented: “Adding up in the shop made me feel really confident, especially getting it right!”