How the Fiver Challenge supports the Curriculum in England

The PSHE1 Association identifies that in the 7-11 age range, pupils should have the opportunity to learn:

  • What is meant by enterprise and developing ‘enterprising’ skills
  • About the role money plays in their own and others’ lives (including how to manage their money) and about being a critical consumer
  • To develop an initial understanding of the concepts of ‘interest’, ‘loan’, ‘debt’ and ‘tax’ (e.g. their contribution to society through payment of VAT)
  • How resources can be allocated in different ways and how these economic choices affect individuals, communities and the sustainability of the environment

Fiver provides a practical learning context that supports teaching and learning in a range of subjects such as Mathematics and PSHE. Table one illustrates how the learning from Fiver can be applied in Mathematics.

Table 1: Mathematics Programme of Study Requirements2

Pupil Age
Mathematics programme of study requirements

7 - 8 yrs

“Add and subtract amounts of money to give change, using both pound and pence in practical contexts.”

8 - 9 yrs

“Solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places; and estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence.”

9 - 11 yrs

“Solve problems involving measure [for example, length, mass volume, money] using decimal notation, including scaling.”

The learning gained on the Fiver Challenge, however, is not exclusive to Mathematics and PSHE. National curriculum requirements for English requires students from year 1 - 6 to develop their spoken language skills as this underpins reading and writing.

Through Fiver, students are able to apply the skills learnt in the classroom through enterprise education e.g. developing ideas, marketing skills and use of persuasive language.

Table 2 outlines some of the English Programme of Study requirements which are reinforced through participation in the Fiver Challenge.

Table 2: English Programme of Study Requirements Years 1-6 3

English programme of study requirements

“Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers”

“Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas”

“Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play/improvisations and debates”

“Gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)”

Through experiential learning, pupils are engaged in learning about enterprise and money management in a practical context. Fiver may act as a ‘springboard’ by providing a platform for subsequent learning after the challenge has ended.

1 PSHE Association, PSHE Education Programme of Study (Key Stages 1 to 5), January 2017
2 Department for Education, National Curriculum in England: mathematics programme of study, 2014
3 Department for Education, National Curriculum in England: English programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2, 2014