Financial literacy

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Financial Literacy in the New Zealand curriculum requires students to make educated decisions regarding the use and management of money. Students need to demonstrate skills in managing money, understand the importance of setting financial goals and planning ahead. The online resources below include information on currencies and banking, earning, saving, spending and investing. SCIS 1698385

ASB Get Wise

These resources have been created to accompany ASB’s financial literacy programme in schools. Get Wise has activities and video clips on topics including pocket money, setting goals and wants vs. needs.

Suggested level: primary

Change for the Better

The New Coins School Resource was developed for the introduction of the new coins in 2006. There are activities and games so students can become familiar with New Zealand coins, while building their skills in numeracy and problem solving.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Johnny’s Math Page

This website brings together a selection of maths games suitable for primary school students. Money games (under the topic measurement) include a lunch money challenge, a skateboard place value game and a Toy Theatre coin slot activity. (NB: some games use US and UK currencies)

Suggested level: primary

To discover information on the homework site ManyAnswers, use the search term ‘New Zealand Currency’.

Suggested level: intermediate

The Mint
All aspects of money including earning, saving, spending, investing, donating, and borrowing are covered on this site.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Money as You Grow

Are you fiscally fit? Money as You Grow offers financial information and activities aimed at children and families. It includes how to make choices about money and spending, the importance of comparing prices, and facts about banks, saving and interest.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


The website from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission contains educational resources for primary teachers for students years 1-6. There are teacher guides, lesson plans and digital activities and games. The digital activities promote real life skills like identifying needs and wants, using budgeting skills to plan a birthday party, and managing mobile phone credit and plans. (NB: some activities use Australian currency).

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te Ara has pages on the history of New Zealand’s coins and banknotes from the beginning of our own national currency in the 1930’s, through to decimal conversion in 1967, and currency in New Zealand today.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

100 things, by Masayuki  Sebe, 2011 (picture book)
The Berenstain Bears’ lemonade stand, by Mike Berenstain, 2014 (picture book)
Dreams can come true, by Daniel Britton, 2010 (picture book)
The Get Rich Quick Club, by Rose Impey, 2011 (fiction)
Lunch Money, by Andrew Clements, 2005 (fiction)
Sophie the Zillionaire, by Lara Bergen, 2011 (fiction)

Money and Children. MoneySmart Teaching. YouTube. 5:25.