Cross-curricular approach

Developing financial literacy is promoted as an example of the type of theme that schools could use for effective cross-curricular teaching and learning programmes. It provides an authentic context for linking learning areas such as social sciences, mathematics and statistics, English, business studies, health and technology. Financial literacy also provides a relevant context for strengthening literacy and numeracy skills and understandings, developing the key competencies, and exploring values.

In addition to the popular approaches to teaching financial literacy, the website outlines financial literacy progressions (see Appendix 3.A4) for schools to use as a guide to plan and track student learning. The financial literacy progressions provide specific curriculum-based learning outcomes which fit within the numeracy strand of the curriculum. Building financial literacy is an opportunity to create authentic learning experiences to explore and model the values of fairness, establishing priorities, delayed gratification and family or cultural obligations. When making their own financial decisions, students need to be aware of the impact these may have on other people including family, friends and other community members.

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