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The interactive activities

The resources are designed to be used on individual PCs, in a school/college or youth centre, or at home. Thus, the resources can be used for whole-class activities, group, pair or individual work. The programme can be used flexibly by teachers, tutors, youth workers, community workers, voluntary sector workers, advisors, employers with apprentices, careers advisers - in fact, anyone working with young people. How you use them will depend on the young people you are working with and the circumstances.

Nationwide Education's Financial Capability resources are designed to reflect the natural progression in ability as children age, but recognise that not all children progress at the same rate. Less able young people, or those with limited financial knowledge, could be appropriately challenged by the previous programmes - 'The Cost of Money' (for 7-11 year olds) or the 'Savings and Lifeskills' resources (for 12-14 and 14-16 year olds).

The resource is designed to be used as a whole-comprised of downloadable fact sheets ('dossiers'), glossary, an interactive game and real life case studies. In this teachers'/professionals' guidance there is also a section entitled 'Extending their Learning' with useful activities that can further develop young people's learning, such as writing a CV or creating a simple budget. The entire programme is focused on six core financial themes: Budgeting; Careers; Currency; Documents and Income; Risk; Saving and Investing.

Downloadable fact sheets ('Dossiers')

The dossiers provide a useful overview of the six financial themes in this programme, with comprehensive information presented in easy-to-read, digestible chunks. These sheets can be downloaded and used independently to learn about a specific subject in more detail or while playing the game. An accompanying glossary provides clear definitions for the key financial terms covered in the dossiers.

Real-life case studies

The case studies provide examples of real-life situations young people face in relation to their finances. These case studies help young people relate the concepts of financial capability covered in this programme to their own lives and how they could be affected. The case studies can be used as a stimulus for discussion and debate, as young people consider what could have been done differently and how this might affect the outcome. The case studies are linked to the six financial themes and the downloadable dossiers provide more background information for this discussion.

Interactive game

Screenshot of the Finance World games

The interactive game looks at the six finance themes present throughout the programme in a fun and engaging way. Activities are based around a 'spy-themed' interactive game (Finance World) and introduced as 'missions' for the player (an undercover agent). Each mission covers one of the core finance themes, and are linked to the downloadable dossiers throughout the game. Players have the option of first reading the dossiers before playing, giving them extra background information prior to playing the game.

The aim of the game is to complete all missions and score as many points as possible. Points are awarded for correct answers and the time it takes the player to complete the missions. Players can continue playing after the time elapses but receive fewer points. Each game can be played only once per game session. The games address different stages of the learning process. Some help young people build skills and acquire knowledge (e.g. 'Double Agent', which helps them become familiar with financial documents). Others give them the opportunity to demonstrate and reinforce the knowledge they have gained from the dossiers (e.g. the crossword game, 'Clued Up').

The following games are accessed by clicking on the relevant city on the 'Finance World' map:

Screenshot of Codebreaker

Codebreaker - Cairo (Theme: Risk) - provides important messages about risk. Players are given three codebreaker cards; each reveals a useful financial tip. Players must crack the codes to find the message.

Game instructions

The Mission: As a new undercover agent out in the field, you've been asked to keep your 'nose clean' so you don't arouse suspicion. This means taking no risks! You have received three codebreaker cards; each will reveal a useful tip to help you protect your cover. Crack the codes to find the message. Take a look at the Risk Dossiers for clues to the codes.

How to play

  1. Use your mouse to select and drag a card over the page to find the hidden message
  2. Release card when the message is revealed to check your answer
  3. The quicker you find all three messages, the more points you receive.
Screenshot of Double Agent

Double Agent - Mumbai (Theme: Documents & Income) - helps players become familiar with a range of financial and personal documents. Players must identify the 'Double Agent' from three suspects, based on given information, by browsing through their financial documents.

Game instructions

The Mission: There's a double agent in your midst; there are three suspects. Mail has been intercepted and you have some clues about the traitor. Use their personal documents to trap them! The Documents and Income dossiers can help to give you hints on what to look for.

How to play

  1. Click on message A * B * C for clues about the double agent
  2. Click on an envelope to read its contents
  3. Move the magnifying glass to read the document
  4. When you have found the traitor, transmit their agent code.
Screenshot of Freefall

Freefall - Beijing (Theme: Currency) - helps players become familiar with currency symbols and exchange. Counterfeit currency is being dropped into a country by parachute. Players need to collect as many currency parachutes as possible. The currencies are in US dollar ($), Pound (£), Euro (€), Japanese Yen (¥) and Indian Rupee (Rs). The objective is to collect the largest value currency parachutes, and the end screen totals the amount collected with a conversion into Sterling.

Game instructions

The Mission: The enemy has just air-dropped a large amount of counterfeit currency. You have just jumped from another aircraft in hot pursuit to retrieve as much money as possible before there is financial chaos - or before you hit the ground! Information on foreign currency exchange can be found in the Currency dossiers.

How to play

  1. Move your mouse across the screen to move
  2. Collect the parachutes with the highest currency values, but avoid other obstacles
  3. Click on the skydiver to release your parachute before you hit the ground!
  4. Read the exchange rates before you play.
Screenshot of Spot the Agent

Spot the Agent - Venice (Theme: Careers) - helps players become familiar with different careers and information that might appear on a CV. Players are asked to select the most ideal candidate for a new undercover agent role, based on a shortlist of four people and their Agent Profiles, detailing their skills and experience.

Game instructions

The Mission: Your pool of undercover agents in Venice have certain skills, experiences and interests. You have a new undercover role to fill and there are four possible choices. Who do you select for the job? Choose the best match for the mission requirements. For more information on careers, click on the Dossier tab.

How to play

  1. Find the four agents on the right using the camera. Click when you see them
  2. Once you find all four, you will get their Agent Profiles and the role requirements
  3. Read through each and select who is best suited for the job (click on the photos to move between profiles).
Screenshot of Word Hunter

Word Hunter - Rio de Janeiro (Theme: Saving and Investing) - provides important information about saving and investing. Players must find the words in the word snake - similar to a word search but words can turn at any point at a 45 or 90 degree angle.

Game instructions

The Mission: We need to call you away from your holiday for an urgent assignment, and we need you to be quick thinking! Brush up on your knowledge of saving and investing first by reading the Dossiers. Your challenge is to find the words in the ransom note as quickly as you can - there are seven in total!

How to play

  1. Search the ransom note for the words listed on the left
  2. They can be in any direction and bend at 45 or 90 degree angles!
  3. Spell the words to find their meaning
  4. The more words you get in the shortest amount of time, the more points you receive.
Screenshot of Clued Up

Clued Up - New York (Theme: Budgeting) - helps players become more familiar with the terminology surrounding budgeting. Players must solve the crossword clues.

Game instructions

The Mission: Our beautiful agent, Sophia, has gone missing. She had been compiling a financial report on budgeting. Read the information she has gathered so far by clicking on the Dossier tab. All that is left in her bedroom is a pile of magazines, but inside one of them you find some clues. Solve them to find the key elements of the report. Can you find all eight?

How to play

  1. Click on any empty box (other than those that cross each other) to reveal a clue for that row or column
  2. Use your keyboard to type in your answer
  3. The more words you get in the shortest amount of time, the more points you receive.
Screenshot of Spy Snaps

Spy Snaps - Moscow (Theme: Budgeting case studies) - helps players become more familiar with the types of income and expenditure they might need to consider in different circumstances.

Game instructions

The Mission: You are preparing to go undercover and have received a series of photo snapshots about your supposed monthly budget. Scan the photos to gather the information you will need in order to keep your real identity secret. Don’t blow your cover - answer the questions before the time runs out!

How to play

  1. Scroll through the photos to read information on the budget sheet
  2. Answer all five questions about your undercover profile, you have a limited time to answer each question, they rotate until you have answered all
  3. The quicker you answer the questions, the more points you receive.

Play the 'Finance World' game. |