Pupils participate in educational Supermarket Sweep

Deni White on checkout duty calculating goods after the pupil’s ‘supermarket sweep’

Deni White on checkout duty calculating goods after the pupil’s ‘supermarket sweep’

Year 5 pupils from Chase View Primary School in Rugeley visited their local Tesco store last month to take part in a Math trial as part of their ‘Farm to Fork’ programme.

On arrival the children were given a tour behind the scenes of the store seeing the cold store, warehouses, offices and most interestingly how the way the money collected in the tills finds it’s way via an overhead tunnel to the counting room.

The main focus of the day followed when the children, in groups, performed a ‘Supermarket Sweep’ taking a trolley around the store trying to spend exactly £50 and getting the best value for money possible. This involved a lot of Math skills including addition, multiplication, doubling and estimation and no calculators were available!

Once the trolley was full the pupils were allowed to sit behind the checkouts and scan their own shopping in. When you take into account ‘BOGOF’ offers and multibuy promotions the activity wasn’t as easy as it sounds, however the most successful group found their total to be £49.37 with the other groups not too far behind.

Before leaving the children had a question and answer session and were allowed to try some of the food from the store. This was a great morning and was of great benefit for many areas of the curriculum.