BEANS were exchanged instead of coins when infants created a medieval market in the middle of their school.
Reception year children at Northern Parade Infant School, Hilsea, Portsmouth bartered to buy cakes, flowers, hair pins and purses.
Every single item for sale had been made by them and in the conditions their 14th century counterparts could expect – with no help from the wonders of technology.
The medieval market was the culmination of a term’s work around the topic Fairytales and Castles.
It has included trips to Portchester and Arundel castles, as well as seeing the play Jack and the Beanstalk.
Jackie Smith, foundation stage leader and assistant head, said: ‘The children have been so enthusiastic about this topic and have thrown themselves into the activities, which is how they learn best.’