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Programme 4 - Shops - 5th October

SELB code: TE1173 Although the series has finished, you can still search for programme information, teacher notes and worksheets in website. Programmes are still available to borrow or purchase from the Audio Visual Recording service at SELB. Just quote the SELB number in your correspondence with the unit.

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Shopping from the corner shop to supermarkets, shopping malls and mail order catalogues.
"Timothy Thompson’s Shopping List" by Ann Burnett


Shop ‘Till You Drop   by Chris Ward

Once upon a time, there was a wee shop
Where you could get a packet of flour
You could buy treats like biscuits and sweets
And chat for half an hour
They used to sell buckets and butter and bacon
And buttermilk and chunks of cheese
They could sell you soap or a skipping rope
And lots of different teas

But now you....
Shop ‘till you drop, shop ‘till you drop
Bring along your car and park it
Shop ‘till you drop, shop ‘till you drop
Shopping at the supermarket

On the supermarket shelves there are rows and rows
And rows of different items
Freezers full of meat and ice cream tubs
And the prices say how much it is to buy them
You can fill your trolley with pepper and peas
Soda bread, scallions and shampoo
Then spend half an hour at the checkout point
Standing in the “super-shopping” shop queue

Then you....
Shop ‘till you drop, shop ‘till you drop
Bring along your car and park it
Shop ‘till you drop, shop ‘till you drop
Shopping at the supermarket

Shop ‘till you drop, shop ‘till you drop
Bring along your car and park it
Shop ‘till you drop, shop ‘till you drop
Shopping at the supermarket

Before the Programme

Talk about what a shop is, the different types that exist and where they are usually found (also see worksheet 7).

Sort items bought (by the teacher) on a shopping trip into certain categories eg food, medicines, clothing, hardware, magazines. Find out how often people go shopping for some of these categories.

Carry out surveys to find, for example, the most useful shop and the most popular shop.

Investigate the changing pattern of shopping from specialist shops to supermarkets.

Set up a class shop for use in structured activities.

After the Programme

Compose a list of questions about shops, shopkeepers and shoppers which might be asked on a visit to a shop (consider: when does shop open/close? how many people work there? all the time? how are holidays arranged? where do some of the goods comes from? how long has the shop been there? how does the shopkeeper know what to order? how are goods delivered to the shop?...)

Visit a local shop, by arrangement; work through appropriate parts of questionnaire.

Collect food labels from home and plot country of origin on wallmap. Note countries of origin on own toys, clothes and plot on wallmap

Links with other curricular areas


  • Compose and ask questions; draw conclusions about the lives of shopkeepers and their staff.
  • Express own thoughts, feelings and opinions about shops.
  • Read labels, advertisements.
  • Write own advertisement.
  • Pick out new vocabulary and learn to spell.
  • Using pictures match goods, with shops.


  • Collect and record and compare data on numbers of customers entering eg newsagent’s and shoe shops over same time; (Eng:- suggest reasons for difference).
  • Describe location of shops in street/mall using “to the right of, underneath...).
  • Describe location of certain goods in shop/supermarket (Eng. suggest reasons eg for chocolate being at checkout).
  • Recognise and know how to use coins in simple transactions. Use and understand the conventional way of recording in money. Add and subtract money up to at least £10 and use in problem-solving situations.
  • Calculate the ‘profit’ earned on some items by a shop-keeper.


  • Investigate some changes which have occurred, since the 1950s, in shops and what they sell.
  • Learn about £sd and compare with money today. Use coin collections if available.
  • Compare two baskets of basic groceries, past and present, in terms of cost.
  • Compare prices past and present of a variety of goods.


  • Find out what makes food go ‘bad’.
  • Experiment with milk and bread in the ‘fridge and at room temperature - find out which milk ‘smells’ first and which bread goes ‘mouldy’ first.
  • Learn about the methods of keeping food fresh - dried, pickled, tinned, frozen.


  • Discuss how the goods are brought to the shops - by lorry, ship, train and van.
  • Discuss the jobs that people have in the food industry.
  • Discuss what happens to used bottles, containers, wrapping, waste food - study and discuss picture or film of a rubbish dump. Think about what goes into their bin every week.

Art / Design:

  • Make model street/mall using decorated cereal packets as shops; locate correctly.
  • Compare shops’ advertisements from local paper; which is best? why?
  • Design an advertisement for the school tuck shop or the class shop.

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