Lesson 4: Prioritising spending

Children learn how to put together a weekly budget by learning the difference between needs and wants

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To understand how to put together a weekly budget

National curriculum

  • PSHE Association’s Programme of Study for PSHE: Living in the wider world > L20. to recognise that people make spending decisions based on priorities, needs and wants and L24. to identify the ways that money can impact on people’s feelings and emotions

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Can focus on the budget for family B or C in the Activity: Weekly budgeting.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should use the budget for family A in the Activity: Weekly budgeting.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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