Family Money Buzz – Energy Detectives

An interactive online financial education programme for 9-11 year olds focusing on energy efficiency

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Format

1 x 60-minute session – Expert-led videos explaining key concepts – Investigations and activities

Target Group

9 – 11 year olds

Group Size

Any

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Content

Family Money Buzz – Energy Detectives is a free independent learning programme addressing energy consumption and how it impacts both the environment and the cost of living. Supported by UK Power Networks, it aims to reduce fuel poverty whilst improving financial capability.

Young people are led through a digital investigation with Detective Wes, a Manga inspired energy hero, to explore energy usage in their home. They discover clues to crack the case of energy waste and uncover ways to cut costs. It includes activities and videos, and uses literacy and critical thinking skills.   

These activities can be introduced to young people by parents or incorporated into a teachers’ adapted curriculum.

Sessions cover:

  • Recognition of costs: Where energy comes from, and understanding wasting energy can be costly.

  • How to reduce waste: Looking at a number of practical ways to reduce common energy costs.

  • Understanding consequences of use: In terms of financial and environmental impact.

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Family Money Buzz – Energy Detectives is part of a targeted school programme and complements our Family Money Twist home learning programmes for Years 1-2* and 3-6** and 7-9. These online sessions are underpinned by directly delivered programmes for both upper and lower Key Stage 2 pupils in primary schools.

*P1-2  -**P4-6 – ***S1-2 in Scotland

Case Studies

From opening a first bank account and trading in real markets, to moving out of care and into independent living, MyBnk’s financial education workshops pack a BIG punch!

"It makes maths real!" Improving teens numeracy skills by understanding investment

“My Mind Has Been Blown!" - Shannon, 8, opens her first bank account and starts her savings journey

"Learning to live independently taught me I had worth" Leaving care and dodging bankruptcy

Impact After Our Programmes

68

Of pupils who would not delay gratification, now would

70

Of pupils are now pursuing a savings goal

87

Of teachers said pupils now know financial decisions have consequences

“Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.” [John Wooden]

Fiona Montgomery

Head of Education - School Age

Dominique Kent-Saisch

Education Officer

"I want young people to understand things like APR as much as they understand LOL".

Carl Clarke

Lead Trainer - The Money House

"The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.” [George Freeman]

Andy Small

Education Officer

"Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent".

Laura Mattson

Education Officer

"There are people who have money and people who are rich". [Coco Chanel]

Wendy Grace

Education officer

"The more you LEARN the more you EARN".

Laura Ellis

Regional Education Officer - South

"Having money shouldn't cost you".

Natalie Bartlett

Regional Education Officer- South

"Save money, and money will save you!"

Naomi Darling

Communications & Facilitation Assistant

"If money is the sea, learn to ride the waves".

Jade Rowlands

Partnership Manager

"Money speaks every language in the world".

Kate White

Education Coordinator