An Elementary School programme promoted by Junior Achievement through which students are guided to discover how a community works, including the roles and responsibilities of different people, businesses and organisations within it.
Purpose and process
To help students: learn about the make-up of a typical community and how it works; recognise the diversity of jobs and services that exist within a community and how they are interconnected; understand how individuals can contribute to develop services for the welfare of their own community and how citizens have a responsibility in the economic welfare of their own community. There are 5 activity sessions:
- How Does a Community? - poster activity
- Doughnut Shop - simulation
- The Role of the State - introduction to services provided for citizens and how taxes have to be levied to pay for them
- A New Store - decision-making exercise
- How Money Circulates - how money is exchanged for goods and services.
Students can learn to:
- Recognise how people live and work in a community
- Appreciate the variety of jobs there are in a community
- Compare production methods and strategies for different types of products
- Understand taxation and the importance of government jobs in the community
- Define choices and recognize the need to make informed decisions
- Distinguish how money flows through a community’s economy.
Curricular or thematic relevance
Standalone enterprise activity or could be linked to subjects such as Citizenship, PSHE or Geography. It fits into the national curriculum (Elementary School) because its main theme – the community – is at the core of the Social Environmental Study programme taught to 1st and 2nd grade students. The sessions can be developed in an interdisciplinary manner, integrating specific curricular themes from other areas such as Portuguese (language, communication, different languages) and Maths (elementary notions of time, money, basic maths operations).
How to organise:
Series of 5 sessions designed to run as an extra-curricular activity but could also take place during timetabled lessons
Assessment and evaluation approaches
Pre- and Post-Test evaluation: the same test is applied on two occasions - before the first activity and after the last activity - in order to measure the project's impact.
All 5 sessions are led by a business volunteer
This activity could be adapted for use in secondary schools and may be more appropriate for older pupils in countries where its learning objectives are not part of the basic primary curriculum.
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It seems to be a quite interesting program for children, introducing them to the notion of the community while they develop a good understanding of the diversity in a community and the notion of social responsibility. It certainly enhances role playing, team work and communication, while it might set a solid foundation to children to became informed, social responsible citizens.
This program is a great way of letting Young pupils get to know their community. It is ofcourse Perfect in the way that an external tutor is used for the Whole program. Iy is a very Activ program, the pupils learn by doing all kinds of tasks indiviually and in Groups!