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Party time!

At a glance

Approximate time: 40-60 mins

Stages: S2 and above

Activity outcomes: 

  • learn what a budget is and apply it to a simple scenario
  • write a short persuasive piece on the benefits of using a budget

Curriculum Links


  • EN2-7B identifies and uses language forms and features in their own writing appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts


  • MA2-1WM describes and represents mathematical situations in a variety of ways using mathematical terminology and some conventions



  • Guide a discussion on shopping with the family. Share the different ways that families prepare for shopping, e.g. going through the stock at home, preparing the list, checking the budget, scheduling the shopping and grabbing the bags.
  • Introduce the concept of needs and wants or suggest the challenge Do I need it or I do I want it? 


  • Introduce students to the concept of backcasting – working backwards from an ideal future to understand the actions that need to be taken to reach that point.
  • Students select one of their goals from their preferred future and work backswords to decide the steps they need to take to achieve it.
  • Students use or modify the simple budget template to create their own personalised budget.