JA Our City introduces students to the basics of financial literacy, the characteristics of cities, and how people and businesses in cities manage their money.
Students will explore zoning found within a city; the importance of money to a city, paying taxes, and how people use different methods to pay for goods and services. They also will explore how financial institutions, entrepreneurs, and news media contribute to the financial well-being of a city.
Purpose and process
Our City is delivered in the classroom by a business volunteer. It can be done in groups of different sizes. The students who take part work together through a series of fun activities. The whole thing is backed up by a comprehensive range of support materials.
- Identify the zones found within a city
- Describe the goods and services provided by businesses
- Match local businesses to specific city zones
- Explain the importance of money in a city, including the role of taxes
- Understand the differences between needs and wants
- Examine the different ways that people pay for goods and services
- Summarize the contribution of financial institutions to a city
- Manage a personal bank account
- Define consumer, producer, and entrepreneur
- Explore the role of a business owner by operating a business
- Apply money management strategies to a business account
- Explain the role of the news media in a city
- Describe how news is delivered in various formats, including print, electronic, and human sources
- Recognize the importance of the news media and technology in a community
Curricular or thematic relevance
- Enterprise and Financial Capability
- Literacy and Numeracy
- Geography and History
- Design Technology and Art
How to organise:
Delivery time is 5 to 6 hours. Activities include:
- Planning and building a city
- Where should we build the sports stadium?
- Eating out and setting up a restaurant
- Who is your customer?
- Steps to success
- Making headlines
- City news
Our City is delivered in the classroom by a business volunteer. It can be done in groups of different sizes.
Delivered in the class by a volunteer.
Our City can be found so far in the countries below. In the school year 2013/2014, 79 000 students participated in the program.
Isle of Man
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