Money Matters Play in a Day

The fairy tale characters are in trouble – they need money for their magic items, but they’re running out fast and they don’t know what to do!

The 3 bears need new beds – that annoying Goldilocks!

Rapunzel needs cash for hair extensions

And the three little pigs are looking for a home extension loan.

They turn to the shark to help them.  But is that wise? He seems nice, but what happens if he doesn’t get his money back on time?

Across a full school day, your pupils will work with our practitioner to develop their understanding of financial matters, thinking about where money comes from, what we do with it, how interest rates work and how we can budget for things we really need. With their new knowledge they create a performance, all focused on fairy tales characters.  The performance is loads of fun – but includes a serious message about being careful with money and learning who to trust.

We would recommend this Play in a Day for years 5 or 6 only.  We would also suggest you invite parents to the performance to really spread the message across the school community.

The structure of a Play in a Day:

  • We start with warm ups and ‘getting to know you’ activities
  • Then we move on to exploring the topic, through games and activities.
  • We begin work on the play with all children having the chance to speak and perform. Children are not given scripts, lines are delivered orally and remembered through action & repetition – this makes the Play in a Day format totally accessible and inclusive.
  • We reinforce learning and understanding throughout the day through questioning, break out activities and plenary games.
  • Children are given costume and props and we integrate music during the day too!
  • Around 2:30pm your invited audience arrive – this can be another class, the rest of the school and/or parents.
  • The performance takes place – children put everything they’ve learnt into practice.
  • Following wild applause, children are presented with a certificate and your class teacher gets a lovely resource pack of follow up activities to do in class.

Key learning in the Money Matters Play in a Day. Children will learn about:

  • Where money comes from and what it is used for.
  • Budgeting and want versus need.
  • How interest rates work – focusing on payday loans and weekly finance options.
  • What is meant by the term ‘loan shark’ and the dangers of using loan sharks.
  • The importance of saving, including positive places to save money such as banks and credit unions.

This Play in a Day was developed in partnership with England Illegal Money Lending Team and Affinity Sutton Housing Association and we thank them for their support.

“The children gained new knowledge on loan sharks and were able to explain the advantages and disadvantages of borrowing money – in such a child friendly format!” (Class Teacher, Newsham Bridge Primary, Middlesborough.