Primary School Programs :: JA Our Families


JA Our Families emphasises the roles people play in the local economy and engages students with activities about needs, wants, jobs, tools, skills and interdependence.


It is a series of five activities recommended for students in Second Year. 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: Our Families

Students better understand what a family is by studying a poster. They discover how people in a family are alike and different and how they work together to make where they live a good place.


Students will be able to:

  • Identify what a family is. 
  • Recognise how people live and work together in a family.

Session Two: Our Families' Needs and Wants

Students become aware that all families must have food, clothing and shelter to live. They begin to understand the difference between a need and a want.


Students will be able to:

  • Explain the differences between a need and a want.

Session Three: Our Families' Jobs

Students learn how jobs provide for family members' needs and wants. They draw pictures of family members doing jobs.


Students will be able to:

  • Define a job as work that needs to be done. 
  • Identify jobs people do.

Session Four: Finding Our Families' Needs and Wants

Students use a floor map to discover where members of a family would go to obtain their needs and wants.


Students will be able to:

  • Interpret map symbols.
  • Place various kinds of symbols for businesses and services on a map.
  • Recognise how family members depend on various businesses to provide for their needs and wants.

Session Five: Paying for Our  Families' Needs and Wants

Students learn about the importance of working to pay for needs and wants. Through role-playing, they demonstrate working and paying for these needs and wants.


Students will be able to:

  • Describe various jobs from which people earn money.
  • Recognise that families use money to satisfy their needs and wants.


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