NatWest’s MoneySense is a free educational program designed to teach children and young people about personal finance. It has games and videos that are targeted to four different age groups: 5 to 8, 8 to 12, 12 to 16 and 16 to 18 .
“What is MoneySense?
MoneySense is an impartial financial education programme for 5-18 year olds. It uses a range of materials such as games and videos and real-life situations to make learning about money feel real and relevant. We also support financial education in the classroom with a wide range of curriculum-linked resources – you can register on the MoneySense website for full access to these materials.” (NatWest)
These resources can be used at school, or at home and they include fun activities games, puzzles and more.
The 5 – 8 section has three games: The Change Game, Coin Cruncher and Memory cards. The games are followed by three interactive learning activities: Spot the coins, Keep Helen’s money safe and Where does money come from? Finally, there is a set of print-out activities – each with its own answer sheet – these are: Coin Fun, Triple Pic and Shop Dash.
The 8 – 12 section has the following games: Coin Collect, Scam buster, Saving the Day, Word Collapse. Space Trader, What are the Odds, How a bank works, Trash or Treasure, Memory Cards, Money Spinner and The Budget Game. There are also videos to watch and fact sheets to learn about different ways to pay for goods, what banks do and the types of bank account there are and more.
NatWest’s MoneySense could be an ideal activity to do at home – practising some maths, whilst learning about money. It is something that is unlikely to be done in the same format in school.