Trade School is an alternative, self-organised school that runs on barter, where participants bring simple items requested by the informal teacher. We all have skills and knowledge to share and young people are no exception. In this Trade School we’ll be hearing from some young residents on topics from trains, cooking and dance, to clay and jewllery. It’s going to be fascinating. Drop by to learn something new.

Sessions at 55 Ripple Road, Barking IG11 7NT

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Build with Lego

Tuesday 22 October | 3.30 - 5.00pm

55 Ripple Road, Barking, IG11 7NT

Hi my name is Jayden and I'm 12 years old. I love building, making things and eating chocolate. Join me for a fun session of building with lego.

Barter Items

1. A chocolate biscuit

2. A smile

3. Something to share

4. A drink

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Trains and Cars

Tuesday 29 October | 3.30 - 5.00pm

55 Ripple Road, Barking, IG11 7NT

My name is Faiz and I'm six years old. I want to share everything I know about trains and cars and I know a lot! We will create our own car and have lots of fun.

Barter Items

1. An egg box

2. Fruit salad

3. A joke

4. A new dance move



Tuesday 12 November | 4.00 - 5.00pm

55 Ripple Road, Barking, IG11 7NT

My name is Josaiah-Rose and I’m 9 years old. I enjoy going to gymnastics club and have met a few olympic gymnasts including Danusia Francis! Put on comfy clothes and come to learn some moves with me.

Barter Items

1. A smile

2. A stretch

3. A positive attitude

4. A piece of clothing


Paper Folding

Tuesday 3 December | 1.30 - 3.00pm

55 Ripple Road, Barking, IG11 7NT

I’m Sylvia and I'm 10 years old. Come to learn the art of paper folding with me and my mum Roseann. You can learn how to make a gift box, windmill or penguin.

Barter Items

1. Stickers

2. Colouring pencils

3. Crayons

4. A smile

Sessions at 116 Church Elm Lane, Dagenham RM10 9RL

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Everybody Dance

Thursday 24 October | 10.30 - 11.30am

Park Centre, Rectory Road, RM10 9SA

Join Mia and learn how to create a dance. Everyone, of every ability is welcome to come along to this fun

Barter Items

1. A flower

2. A Smile

3. Colouring pencils

4. A dance move


Fun Science

Thursday 7 November | 4.00 - 5.30pm

116 Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, RM10 9RL

Greyson is back with a fun, educational session on the science of currents.

Come along and join Greyson as he shows you how to make a steady hand game using an electrical current.

Barter Items

1. Fruit

2. A smile

3. A toy

4. Fun science facts


Paint by numbers

Wednesday 13 November | 3.30 - 4.30pm

116 Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, RM10 9RL

Join George and Patrick and learn about how to look after reptiles. There will also be an activity in this session where you will learn how to paint by numbers with Shortcake the snake.

Barter Items

1. Open mind

2. Picture of your favourite animal

3. Story of a place you went

4. Lettuce leaves or other vegetables


Cars & Crafts

Saturday 16 November | 3.00 - 3.30pm Park Centre, Rectory Road, RM10 9SA

Faiz is a local kid interested in cars and trains and wants to share his knowledge on them with you. Come and join Faiz for a fun creative session where you will learn about cars and create a cute car from an egg box.

Barter Items

1. A toy racing car

2. Fruit

3. Biscuit

4. Fact about cars