Doorway Online is a collection of free learning activities originally developed with funding from Scottish Borders Council. It is now managed by the Doorway Accessible Software Trust, a Scottish charity. The suite comprises highly accessible educational activities that learners will find easy to use independently. Each exercise has a range of accessibility and difficulty options.
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Doorway Supermarket is a simulation of shopping in which the prices will keep up with inflation, matching the prices in supermarkets roughly. Here you see the Chilled Food shelf. There is also a General Groceries and a Fruit and Vegetable shelf, holding a total of 48 commonly purchased items.
Students have the option to try rounding the cost for each item, keeping a tally on the rough value of the basket.
Students see their basket empty and the items move along the conveyor belt, while the cost of the items are rung up. This is more a bit of fun which adds to the impression of being at a supermarket.
The student pays for the basket of goods. They are expected to proffer a sensible amount. Change is given.
The student is shown a receipt, which can be printed out. As well as the usual information, you also see the results of the rounding (if this option has been selected). You can judge how well you did at rounding and estimating.
This activity has been designed in close consultation with staff at Howdenburn School House, Education Support Centre, Jedburgh. It fills an until-now unmet need for a software activity that closely simulates shopping. We are hoping to recruit a large number of schools and colleges, with students following National 2 courses, into a community of early users of Doorway Supermarket. Can you help spread the word?
This development has been supported by The Robertson Trust, The Agnes Hunter Trust and Charity Begins at Home, (Kelso)