Last week Panther Class took part in a simulation game, pretending to be Viking traders trying to ensure the prosperity of their trading centre.
They learned about what, how, and where the Vikings traded and, after preparing their goods and creating a ‘shopping list’, they travelled across Europe buying and selling goods. It was a very busy and exciting morning, with this being a typical exchange:
(Forcefully) “I’ll trade you a gold coin for some jet.”
(Following deep discussion) “No. Five gold coins for the jet.”
(After much thought) “Right. Three gold coins and some antlers?”
The deal went through…
Afterwards we discussed how things had gone for each of the trading centres. Here is what the children thought of the activity, followed by some photos and a short video, where you can see and hear how involved the children were.
“I enjoyed this, hut what I noticed at the end was that everybody wanted one thing and there wasn’t enough of it. Next time I will try to produce more of it.” – Sky
“Things were cheap at the start but when it was near the end it was silly that prices got higher and higher.” – Sean
“I liked it because I learned about what things I would actually need, not just things I want for the sake of it. It was really fun. – Taya
“I liked this lesson because it was amazingly fun. I thought it was going to be easy but actually it was a bit hard.” – Eriden
“Towards the end everyone wanted food and had loads, so they asked for 8 fish for 7 gold and I said ‘No! I’m saving for winter!'” – Sam
“At the start we sold with small prices, but towards the end it got manic so we could sell at higher prices.” – Ellie-Mae
“Today I found it fun because we got to be like we were actually Vikings and feel how they felt in those times.” – Brooke
“I enjoyed today’s lesson because it was really fun task seeing how the Vikings would have traded. (Although not exactly like the Vikings!) – Emily