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  • Employability: Supermarket Study

    Learning for Life and Work (MLD)

    My Changing World: Thematic Unit

  • Writers’ Group

    Nora O Baoil, Fleming Fulton School, Belfast (Editor) Mura Kennedy, Fleming Fulton School, Belfast (Editor) Avril Fryer, Rostulla School, Newtownabbey Ruth McCreadie, Longstone School, Belfast June Richardson, Cedar Lodge School, Belfast Fionnuala Saunders, St Gerard’s Education Resource Centre, Belfast Pauline Brady, Rathmore Guidance Centre, Antrim Colm Hassan, Belmont School, Londonderry Mary Connolly, Erne School, Enniskillen Eileen McKeown, Erne School, Enniskillen Mary McKendry, Castle Tower School (Loughan Campus), Ballymena

    Associate Teachers Denise Maguire, Newtownabbey Educational Guidance Centre Bronac O’Connell, Sunlea Educational Guidance Centre, Coleraine

    A CCEA Publication ©2009

    www.nicurriculum.org.uk

    Cover Photograph: Bubbles Photo Library

  • 1 My Changing World Thematic Unit Employability: Supermarket Study

    Unit Title: My Changing World Sub Theme: Employability: Supermarket Study

    Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities: Managing Information

    Curriculum Objective: To develop the young person as a contributor to society

    Key Elements: Personal understanding, mutual understanding, moral character, spiritual awareness, citizenship, cultural understanding, employability, education for sustainable development

    Attitudes and Dispositions: Personal responsibility, concern for others, commitment/determination/resourcefulness, openness to new ideas, self-belief/optimism/pragmatism, curiosity, community spirit, flexibility, tolerance, integrity/moral courage, respect

    Learning Experiences: Investigating and problem-solving, linked to other curriculum areas, relevant and enjoyable, media-rich, skills- integrated, active and hands-on, offers choice, challenging and engaging, supportive environment, culturally diverse, positive reinforcement, varied to suit learning style, ongoing reflection, enquiry-based

    The Thematic Units connect the Learning for Life and Work subject strands of Personal Development, Local and Global Citizenship, Home Economics and Employability and demonstrate how they contribute to the understanding of a central theme. They provide a number of learning, teaching and assessment activities (and are accompanied by supporting resources) to help you address, interpret and develop the Northern Ireland Curriculum’s key elements and Statements of Minimum Requirement.

    Each Thematic Unit contributes to the statutory requirement for Learning for Life and Work and also links to other Areas of Learning. In addition, there are opportunities to develop learners’ Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities, incorporate Assessment for Learning principles and make connections to the Cross Curricular Skills.

    The units are not intended to be prescriptive and are not the only way to approach the Northern Ireland Curriculum. You do not have to follow them rigidly. Instead, we encourage you to choose from the wide range of learning, teaching and assessment activities in the units and adapt and extend them as appropriate for your classes.

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    My Changing World Thematic Unit Employability: Supermarket Study

    Statements of Minimum Requirement

    These are the Statements of Minimum Requirement that are addressed in this unit:

    Employability Work in the Local and Global Economy Describe different types of work and investigate the range of employment in the local area, including any changes in employment trends, taking account of the implications for career planning

    Employability Work in the Local and Global Economy Investigate how work organisations contribute to the economy

    Employability Career Management Investigate a range of familiar and unfamiliar jobs

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    Resource Sheet in this booklet

    Online Activity (OA) or PowerPoint Activity (PP) available from www.nicurriculum.org.uk

    Skills tabs printed in orange are Cross Curricular Skills

    Skills tabs printed in yellow are Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

    Use own and others’ ideas to locate sources of information

    Key Question Learning Intention Learners will have opportunities to …

    Possible Learning, Teaching and Assessment Activities Skills and Capabilities

    Where can I shop? ... select, classify and compare information by carrying out research.

    Consider together the wide range of shops available to consumers today. Concentrate initially on the types of shops in the areas local to the school, and then extend to take in cities and rural areas. List your learners’ ideas on a flip chart or board. You could use the internet to encourage ideas, for example www.4ni.co.uk

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    My Changing World Thematic Unit Employability: Supermarket Study

    Using ICT - Access and manage data and information

    Using ICT - Create, develop, present and publish ideas and information using a range of digital media

    Use own and others’ ideas to locate sources of information

    Communication - Develop, express and present ideas in a variety of forms and formats, using traditional and digital resources

    Key Question Learning Intention Learners will have opportunities to …

    Possible Learning, Teaching and Assessment Activities Skills and Capabilities

    What do I know about supermarkets?

    ... locate, sort and select appropriate information.

    Using Resource 1, explore ideas about what a supermarket is. Establish if the learners are aware of the big name supermarkets.

    Resource 1: Supermarket Facts

    Where possible, the learners could take photographs of the exteriors of supermarkets and label them for display. You could also download photographs from websites, for example www.tesco.co.uk or www.sainsburys.co.uk

    (Remind your learners that to carry out a picture search through a search engine they should select ‘Images’, not ‘Web’.)

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    Communication - Communicate information, ideas, opinions and feelings using an expanding vocabulary

    Communication - Find, select and use information from a range of sources

    Select, classify, compare and evaluate information

    Communication - Listen to and take part in discussions

    Key Question Learning Intention Learners will have opportunities to …

    Possible Learning, Teaching and Assessment Activities Skills and Capabilities

    What is a supermarket?

    ... think critically and reflect on what they have learned.

    Establish a definition of ‘supermarket’: a supermarket is a self-service store offering a wide range of food and household goods, organised into departments. It is generally larger than a traditional grocery store and smaller than a hypermarket.

    Consider together the typical layout of a supermarket. Explore with your learners why supermarkets locate staple foods (such as bread, milk and sugar) far away from each other, or locate sweets at check-outs. Explain how ‘loss leaders’ (products sold with negative profit margins) are advertised to get customers into the shop. Ask the learners if they (or their parents) have ever been tempted to buy something that is not on their shopping list. Explain that the special name for this is ‘impulse buying’. Ask if they are aware of what senses are being used as soon as they enter a supermarket, and if they think these senses affect what they buy.

    Talk through the PowerPoint presentation to help your learners understand that a supermarket layout includes carefully researched features to encourage maximum spending by the customer.

    PP: Supermarket Behaviour!

    Visit one of the large chain supermarkets together and have your learners complete Resource 2. This visit will help the learners witness and understand the science of supermarket layout.

    Resource 2: Investigating In The Supermarket!

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    My Changing World Thematic Unit Employability: Supermarket Study

    Key Question Learning Intention Learners will have opportunities to …

    Possible Learning, Teaching and Assessment Activities Skills and Capabilities

    What is a supermarket?

    ... think critically and reflect on what they have learned.

    Organise a second visit (or one longer trip), and carry out the investigations in Resource 3. These worksheets help the learners to consider where the items in the supermarket come from, and they involve recording answers. The learning is reinforced in Resource 4, which may be more suitable for some learners.

    Resource 3: Supermarkets Investigation

    Resource 4: Where Do Things Come From?

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    Ask focused questions

    Using ICT - Research, select, process and interpret information

    Key Question Learning Intention Learners will have opportunities to …

    Possible Learning, Teaching and Assessment Activities Skills and Capabilities

    How do the large supermarkets affect where you live?

    ... examine a range of issues which affect a community.

    Small independent retailers (grocers, pharmacies, pet suppliers, off-licences and hardware shops) can struggle to compete with larger supermarkets. Use Resource 5 to highlight to the learners some of the issues involved by considering