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Money Week

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Now in its eighth year, Money Week 2019 is about looking to the future. 

New Zealanders face a daily tension between satisfying the wants and needs of today and preparing for the years to come.
How can we help people make space today to start setting themselves up for retirement with choice and freedom?

Here is a collection of resources and stories to support your school's involvement in Money Week, and to help your school make financial capability an ongoing area of curriculum focus.


Money Week 2018
This official money week website features events, advice, and school resources. 

Financial capability in The New Zealand Curriculum
This section on NZC Online supports schools to design teaching and learning programmes that use financial capability as a relevant context for meeting the objectives and requirements of the national curriculum.

Financial capability progressions
The financial capability progressions, aligned to The New Zealand Curriculum levels 1-8, set out suggested curriculum based learning outcomes across a range of learning areas.

Financial capability in action
This section on NZC Online offers ideas, stories, templates, and lesson plans developed by the North Harbour Sorted Schools cluster. This material has been shared to help you build a stronger focus on financial capability in your own school settings.

The Sorted website includes a series of short movie clips about managing debt, saving, setting goals and budgeting, investments, mortgages, and retirement (suitable for upper primary and above).

GetWise is a free and innovative financial literacy programme, brought to New Zealand schools by ASB.

Planning resources for teachers
These downloadable word documents are unit plans from the Education for Enterprise Project for all levels of the curriculum.

This video from TES Connect, a UK website, comes with teaching resources for a half-day event focusing on money for primary aged students.

A wealth of opportunity: Leveraging the curriculum to build financial capability
This Education Gazette article (August 2016) provides guidance for talking to your students about money. Links to further resources are also included.

School stories

Stories that show different approaches to teaching financial capability.

Developing a financial literacy programme for year 9 and 10
Mary Kerrigan, HOD Business at Aorere College, discusses their financial literacy programme which is being created in consultation with the Commission for Financial Capability to provide students with information about income, spending, budgeting, and wise financial management for the future.

Developing financial capability - A student perspective
Aorere College year 13 students from the Lunches for Less team talk about the programme’s origins, processes, and the learning gained on their year-long enterprise project, which teaches primary school students how to make a healthy lunch for under $2 a day.

Financial capability - Approaches to teaching and learning
Aorere College teacher Meriane Brown facilitates her year 13 students’ learning about financial capability within the context of setting up and running their own business over a year. Her approach involves identifying what motivates students, recognising the impact of students’ values and culture on learning, and providing an authentic learning context. 

Teaching financial capability in an enterprise context
Aorere College teacher Meriane Brown talks about the financial capabilities her year 13 students develop as part of Lunches for Less, the year-long enterprise project they are working on.

Creating financially capable New Zealand students
This article from the Education Gazette shares stories from several schools involved in the Upper Harbour Sorted Schools cluster.

Students’ bright ideas fuel fundraising for school lunches in Nepal
A group of Auckland primary students is challenging other children to join them in raising money to pay for 100 000 lunches for an earthquake-struck school in Nepal, which is still struggling to recover from the 2015 earthquake that devastated the mountainous country.

School Journal resources

Search the Instructional Series for journal stories with a financial capability theme. The following texts would work well to support this learning:

Kele's Car by Feana Tu‘akoi, Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014
This humorous play, set in a Pasifika market, has a message about financial literacy – we need to think carefully about how we spend money. 

The Ski Trip by Dave Armstrong, School Journal, Level 3, September 2014
The Ski Trip relates how Anthony raises money for a class ski trip by working on odd jobs without the company of his best friend, who chooses to make the most of the end of summer by going to the beach and playing on his new bike.

A Sweet Business by Bronwen Wall, School Journal, Level 3, November 2016
This report explains why and how children at Te Aro School in Wellington set up a money-making honey business. The text has a focus on financial literacy, providing insights into the decisions the students made and the steps they took to make their business a success.

Backyard Chooks by Susan Paris, School Journal Level 2, August 2013

Jean loves eating eggs for breakfast, but one morning, there are no eggs left. This engaging article describes how Jean asks her family about getting their own chickens to ensure a constant supply of eggs. The family discussions about the costs and benefits of keeping chickens bring out financial literacy concepts that will be familiar to many students.

Updated on: 23 Aug 2019