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Practical activities

Practical activity suggestions

Below is a list of activities you can do with your students in the classroom (or suggest they do at home with their parents), to help them put their learning into practice.

  • Set up links with a school in another country. Compare living costs (e.g. what pocket money the students receive or the costs of shopping items).
  • Help prepare a budget for an elderly neighbour or single parent.
  • Plan and prepare a meal for your family using a set budget (e.g. £4 per person).
  • Imagine you are attending a particular event (e.g. party, wedding, job interview, graduation). Research what you might need for the occasion, the shops where you could buy these things, the cost and how you could pay for them. Create a budget detailing how much the event will cost you. What could you do to cut down on costs?
  • Role-play mock job interviews with students talking about the qualities that would make them a good employee. For added interest, you can do a 'speed-networking' activity, where students have a limited amount of time to 'sell' themselves to their partner - great for building confidence and practising assertive, clear communication.
  • After discussing and making a list of the different personal qualities an employer might look for when employing a new member of staff, create brief role-play scenes that demonstrate each of those qualities.
  • With permission, bring in different financial documents (e.g. bills, bank statements) to examine the types of information that they contain.
  • Investigate the cost of travel in the local area (especially to and from school) and how money could be saved. For example, they could consider the cost of daily bus or train tickets compared with weekly, monthly or yearly travel passes. They could calculate how often someone would need to travel in order to save money with the various passes.
  • Choose a particular product (e.g. breakfast cereals, trainers) and investigate it as a critical consumer (e.g. look at different brands, how they use advertising, their price and their quality).
  • Select a local charity and organise a fundraising event. Plan the event, work out costings and seek sponsorship. Make sure you let the charity know you're holding the event!
  • Discuss and investigate the different places that people can get advice about money. Come up with some different financial scenarios and select students to respond as advice-givers, offering different advice.
  • Ask learners to look at the range of different CV samples provided and then have a go at writing their own CVs. They may not have any work experience but could include membership of clubs and organisations, voluntary work, etc as well as their skills and personal qualities.