Primary School Programs :: JA Our City


JA Our City studies careers, the skills people need to work in specific careers and how businesses contribute to a city.


It is a series of five activities recommended for students in Standard Two. The average time for each Session is 45 minutes.


The objectives listed beside each session state the skills and knowledge students will gain.



Session One: Inside Cities

Students recognise that a city is a place where people live, work, play and go to school. They become aware of the importance of civic planning to the economic development of a city.


Students will be able to:

  • Define a city as a place where people live, work, play and go to school.
  • Learn about the different zones used in city planning.
  • Identify the job of a city planner.

Session Two: Building a City

Students examine the role of a builder and become aware of how that job is interconnected with the job of the city planner.


Students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of the construction business to a city's economy.
  • Recognise the skills a builder needs.
  • Identify how the builder's job relates to the job of the city planner.

Session Three: Dining Out 

While students explore the role of restaurant owner, they work in groups to make decisions about operating a restaurant. They define the terms consumer, producer and entrepreneur. Through discussion, they are able to identify the difference between consumer and producer.


Students will be able to:

  • Make group decisions necessary to start a restaurant.
  • Decide on a type of restaurant.
  • Discuss and select the best location for a restaurant.
  • Decide what to charge for meals.
  • Select an employee.
  • Promote the restaurant.

Session Four: Making Headlines

Students examine the purpose of a newspaper as a communication tool for people in a city, as well as learn about the role of reporter. They generate and organise article outlines for a class newspaper.


Students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of a newspaper as a communication tool.
  • Recognise the skills a reporter needs.
  • Generate article topics and develop article outlines.

Session Five: You Can Bank on It

As they role-play simple financial transactions, students become aware of why banks are important to a city.


Students will be able to:

  • Understand that one of a bank’s purposes is to hold money.
  • Complete a simple bank transaction.
  • Balance a checking account. 


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