You will need
- Something to show the different stages of money through history
- A world map (optional)
Before you begin
- Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here.
- Take a look at the facts about the history of money, and choose how you want to share them with the group.
Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:
- Make sure that everyone knows the plan for dropping young people off (and picking them up again).
- Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
- Stay socially distanced when moving around the space and when talking to other people.
Step 1: back in the day...
Further down the page, you’ll find some information and pictures about the history of money, including where different things happened. Mix the 10 stages up, and share them (in the wrong order). It’s up to you how you share them.
Talk about what people noticed. How did money change? What do they think made these changes happen? What do they think might happen next?
Step 2: order
Now it’s time to put the stages in the right order.
Step 3: tell the world
Now everyone knows about the history of money, it’s time to share their new knowledge! Everyone should choose their own way to share what they’ve learned about the history of money. It’s up to them whether they work in groups or on their own – the most important thing is that they find it interesting and share their opinion.
The history of money
Print the stages and cut around the boxes or mix them up and show them on a screen. It’s up to you whether to include the dates – you know your group (and their learning levels) best.
The history (and geography) of how people have paid for things over time can tell us a lot about their societies. Can you remember all the different materials used as money? What did they represent? What do you think will happen to money next?