Years 4, 5 and 6 pupils from Thatcham Park primary school gained valuable knowledge of the world of finance and technology at a recent Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) day, with workshops run by volunteers from Newbury Building Society.
Education about personal finances is often absent in the school curriculum, with a lack of time and expertise meaning that learning about savings, mortgages, bank accounts, pensions, debt and more is rarely prioritised. At Newbury Building Society, we believe that we have a responsibility to support and educate the savers and borrowers of tomorrow, ensuring that they feel confident to make important financial decisions and manage their money when they become adults.
In three different workshops, the pupils were provided with valuable knowledge of the pros and cons of setting up and running a business, how to identify online scams and opening and paying money into a savings account. The activities were interactive, with Newbury’s knowledgeable employees on hand to support the children and answer any of their queries.
“Being involved in Thatcham Park’s STEM day was a real honour. It was a fantastic opportunity for children to participate in activities relating to the real business world. Thank you to the school for inviting us and for the enthusiastic children, we had a great morning!”
Mrs Webster, Headteacher at Thatcham Park, commented: “Thank you to all of our visitors who have helped to enrich our STEM focused learning; through their generosity of time and sharing of skills and talents, they have truly made a difference to the learning experiences of our children.
Teaching children about the vast array of different jobs available within STEM is very important and we know we have helped to inspire the future generations of scientists, engineers, technicians and mathematicians.”
For more information about financial education and how we support local schools, visit our financial education page.