Year 1 and 2 children at Priory Infant School in Ramsgate have been learning about the importance of saving money and how every little amount really does help. Stacey Owen, financial wellbeing specialist from Adams and Bowles, came into school and delivered workshops in each of the classrooms. This involved listening to a story called ‘Save Your Acorns’ which indirectly taught the children about the importance of saving for the unexpected and how to make money ‘grow’.
Head teacher Tracey Sandy said: “These are all important skills in life to learn and our children are never too young to start thinking about financial matters. The activities the children took part in allowed for lots of discussion about children’s understanding of ‘needs and wants’ which also links into other areas of our school curriculum.”
Sienna, aged 7 and from Green Class, said: “I’ve learnt that we are not supposed to waste money on stuff we don’t need.”
Tamar, also aged 7, added: “It’s good to save money because if you put it into a bank account, you’ll get even more money!”
Stacey explained the importance of highlighting her role within the wider community, especially through visiting schools, which is one of the reasons she was so keen to join the partnership company of Adams and Bowles.
After the children’s workshops, Stacey stayed on in school to deliver a financial workshop to staff which was very well received by all those who attended. Mrs Sandy discussed how this is part of the school’s Wellbeing Policy and Plan which has been in place since 2021: “These really are challenging times and any way we can support staff with their financial wellbeing is welcomed. A great day was had by all!”