I used this to reinforce the value of coins to my Year 1 class. To use the resource: Glue the two sheets together. Cut holes above the values where coins can be displayed. Laminate the sheet and then sellotape coins in the holes. Make sure all the heads are facing one direction and the tails the other.
How coins of different values can be added together to make up a total amount, which is used to purchase goods. Children can investigate different ways to make 10p using different coins. The layers of a cake are assigned to different coin values, which clearly shows the different ways to make up the total amount.
The clip could be paused as the children discuss the different ways of buying the layers of cake, and which layer would give the best value for money.
A sequence of five one-hour lessons designed to take the class from the very basic (this is a row; this is a column) to creating simple graphs and charts. These are presented in Excel spreadsheets designed for display on an IWB or individual screens but you could also print them. Lessons four and five offer a clear handout on formatting using Microsoft programmes in general. The sequence is based on the QCA unit but can be made more interesting if you do actually have the party at the end of the term. [Update, June 2007: None of the files is missing. I recapped a lot in this module because it was totally new to the class I taught this to.] Topics also included; bar graphs.