Primary School Programs :: JA Our Community


JA Our Community explores the interdependent roles of workers in a community, the work they perform and how communities work.


It is a series of five activities recommended for students in Standard One. The average time for each Session is 30 minutes.


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



Session One: How Does a Community Work?

Students study a poster illustrating a community to identify typical jobs. They develop an awareness of how people live and work together in a community.


Students will be able to:

  • Identify a variety of jobs in the community. 
  • Recognise how people live and work in a community.
  • Become aware of a wide range of job opportunities.

Session Two: Sweet "O" Donuts

Students, individually and in groups, use different production strategies to simulate producing donuts for Sweet "O" Donuts.


Students will be able to:

  • Define production. 
  • Compare unit and assembly-line production methods. 
  • Explain that different strategies are used to produce different types of products.

Session Three: The Role of Government

Students learn about the economic role of government in a community by identifying services that government provides to citizens. Students also recognise that government must collect taxes to pay for these services.


Students will be able to:

  • Recognise government jobs in the community.  
  • Understand why taxation is necessary.

Session Four: A New Business

Students determine the best use for the empty store on the How Does a Community Work? Poster. The step-by-step, decision-making process helps students understand how group decisions are made.


Students will be able to:

  • Define choices.
  • Use a decision-making model.
  • Recognise the need to make informed decisions.
  • Take personal responsibility for decisions.

Session Five: Money Moves

Students learn about an economy's circular flow of money.


Students will be able to:

  • Identify circumstances of money being exchanged for goods or services.
  • Recognise how money flows through a community's economy.


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