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This week is all about money!

Recognising coins

Look at the power point and discuss all the coins. Think about the following questions:

  •  What is the value of each coin? How do you know? 
  • What do the coins look like? 
  • Will I have more money if my coin is bigger? 
  • Does the shape of the coin change its value?

Think about how many 1 pence coins will you need to make 2 p? 5 p? 10 p? 20 p? 50 p? 1 pound?

If you can have some real coins for the children to look at. Can they name the coins? Can they order them from smallest to largest? Could you sort them in any other way?

Complete the activities below.

Recognising notes

Follow the power point to introduce notes and discuss what they look like and what their values are. Think about:

  • How many £1 coins would you need to equal a £5 note or £10 note?
  • How many 5 pound notes equal a 10 pound note?

Complete the activities.

Counting in coins

Show children a 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p.

Ask children, if someone gave you 1 of these coins, which would you rather have? Why? Why not this one and point to the 2p. It looks bigger! Explain to children that the numbers on the coins tell us how much they are worth. ‘Silver’ coins are worth more than brown ones.

Work through the power point slides and then complete the activities.

Using the coin reveal power point, see if children can guess the coin before it has been completely revealed.


Look at 4 coins, 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p.

Discuss how you could make 3p or 4p as there are no coins of that value. 

Use some of the price lists below to create a shop and think about what coins could be used to buy the different items.

Complete number line challenge using the smallest amount of coins for each amount.

A little extra... Why not try these investigations using a systematic approach.

You can find more detailed instructions following this link -  https://nrich.maths.org/9807.