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This week we are going to be learning about money and how it can be used daily. Money forms one of the strands of our Early Learning Goals for Shape, Space and Measures whereby “children use everyday language to talk about money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.” 


Monday - Coin Recognition and Ordering Coins

Show children a variety of coins and labels - can children match each coin to their correct label. Discuss pound and pence symbols.

Using any spare coins that you may have around the house, can you take part in some coin sorting? 

Now can children order the coins by value- starting with 1p and working up to £1. Do they understand that the larger the number the bigger the value?

Tuesday - How much is in the jar?

Following on from yesterday, revise the variety of coins and their value, starting with 1p and working to £1 by playing the Coin Reveal PowerPoint attached below. Then, using the Topmarks website, explore the three aspects of the Coins Game. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game 

  1. ‘Sorting’ - Can you find and sort the different coins into the correct money box.

  2. ‘Ordering’ - Select either ‘Order From 1p-20p’ or ‘Order From 1p to 50p

  3. ‘Counting’ - Can you solve how much money is in the piggy bank? When shown the options for this game please select ‘1p - 10p’ If possible, try to have some coins with you so your child is able to solve the problems, as well as some paper and pencils for them to represent their mathematical thinking. 

Wednesday - How much does it cost?

Begin by taking part in a money quiz to find out how much money is in the piggy bank! (See attached PowerPoint below)

Then choose a handful of toy items from around your house and label them with prices e.g. 10p, 6p, and 8p. In advance write a little note saying that you’d like to buy one of the toys e.g. a rabbit for 6p but there isn’t a 6p coin. What should we do? 

Have available some 1p, 2p & 5p coins and work together to see how many different ways you could make 6p? This may need modelling at first to support the introduction to the concept before they try to explore this with greater independence. Model using the coins to create combinations e.g. 1p + 1p + 1p + 1p + 1p + 1p = 6p and 5p + 1p = 6p. 

Repeat with another toy and price. 

Thursday - Shops

Put ten pennies into a purse or small container on a table. Place an apple, an orange and a banana on the table. Make some price labels by writing 4p, 7p and 10p on small pieces of paper and place one next to each fruit item. Ask children to buy a certain piece of fruit using the pennies provided. Add more coins now, such as 2p and 5p. Ask children to play again and buy the objects, encouraging children to use 2/5p where possible instead of using single pennies. Do children know that 5p is the same as five pennies?

Additional Money Resources