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Our City

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.

Learning outcomes

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  • 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
  • Citizenship
  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Geography and History
  • Design Technology and Art
  • ICT

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.

Volunteer involvement

Delivered in the class by a volunteer.

Additional comments

Our City can be found so far in the countries below. In the school year 2013/2014, 79 000 students participated in the program. 

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 Belgium FL
 Bulgaria
 Estonia
 Hungary
 Ireland
 Isle of Man
 Latvia
 Macedonia
 Moldova
 Romania
 Russia
 Serbia
 United Kingdom

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