Primary maths: Money

Sian Evans
16th May 2018
Child saving using a piggy bank representing primary maths lessons about money, coins, notes, pounds and pence

Help primary students calculate change with confidence using these innovative money resources

As money makes the world go round, it's no surprise that young learners are keen to understand the value of coins and notes. But with calculations quickly containing two decimal points, things aren't always straightforward. That's why we've hand-picked just some of the great ideas teachers have used in their classrooms to tackle the topic to keep lessons valuable and engaging. Take a look today…

Classroom activities

Check out these challenging questions that will prepare pupils for real-life problem-solving when handling money. Practice, practice, practice can make the whole process seem more manageable.


Cafe Menu Maths ( money, decimals)

In this product I've included 2 colourful Cafe shop menus. Prices are in pounds and pence. The second menu shows prices in pence only. Each menu comes with 12 task cards/ worded problems for children to solve. These differentiated activities are suitable for KS2 Years 3 - 5.
By hoppytimes

Money - true or false - year 2

A set of True or False cards about money and addition/subtraction.
Children to decide if it's true or false and write an explanation to articulate why.
Helpful to provide evidence for estimation.
Appropriate for Year 2.
By MissFincham

One step money word problems - more and less

These are one step more and less problems that I've been using in Year 1. We're practising the vocabulary of 'more' and 'less' and their association with add and subtract. I'm also doubling up on a bit of "know and recognise the value of different coins."

The last three slides require secure understanding and reasoning skills and so are good for extension or mastery/more able work. They ask questions such as: "Stu has 8p. Every week he spends 2p on sweets. How many weeks will his money last for?" Or: 'Amandeep has 2p. Meera has 5p more in her purse. Which coins does Meera have in her purse? Can you draw all the different combinations of coins that Meera might have?

I hope you find it useful!
By Katharine7

Lesson ideas

Build upon learners' existing experience of coins and notes with these straightforward presentations, designed to explore the different denominations in detail. This groundwork will be fundamental when your class start tackling questions about money.


Money Problems class PowerPoint and challenge cards

Full set of money word problems aimed at Year 2 & 3 pupils. Problems are presented as a 34 slide PowerPoint. All word problems are multi step and involve adding money within and above £1 and finding change from £1 and £2. Word problems are repetitive, allowing children the opportunity to practice and reinforce their skills. PowerPoint can be used for whole class teaching or slides can be printed 2 to a page or 4 to a page, laminated, and used as challenge cards in maths areas.
By lynnesymes

Recognising, naming and knowing the value of money

This is a simple powerpoint presentation which is ideal to introduce money to children. It has clear photos of all the coins with the value written alongside. I recommend that this resource is used with real money for the children to handle. There is also a slide that visually shows 100pennies being the same as £1 and a slide where you can put the coins in order of their value.
By TashDevo21

Money - Year 2 Measurement - Animated PowerPoint presentation and worksheets

In this KS1 teaching resource pupils learn about different coins and the value of each one. Children practise using money, finding totals of coins, giving change and answering money problems.

The resource uses images and animation to support teaching and learning and covers KS1 Maths - Measurement - Money from the year 2 maths programme of study.

It includes:
Recognising coins activity
Money addition activity
Finding the correct amount activity and worksheet
Making the same amount activity and worksheet
Finding the correct change activity and worksheet
Printable coins cut out worksheet to use in the activities
Money word problem worksheet

'Money - Year 2' is editable so that teachers can adapt the resource to suit the needs of each class they teach.
By Online_Teaching_Resources

Money - coin recognition

Powerpoint presentation where the children select the correct answer. Includes coin recognition and simple addition of coins.
By princess644


Board games, bingo and more to get young minds' engaging with the topic of money while fuelling a little friendly competition in the classroom. Here are just a few ideas to get you started…


Money Games Calculating Change

Parents might like these as fun home learning tasks. KS2 Money Change Games and Activities BUNDLE for Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6, depending on ability: 16 fun, differentiated, illustrated four-in-a-row Maths game boards (each featuring 36 prices in UK currency) for calculating change from £1, £5, £10 and £20, plus a loop card / dominoes set for each of the above amounts. Ideal for starter activities and early finishers activities in Maths lessons or for practice in Money Weeks. All in PDF format.

A fun, strategic activity for consolidating this key money / shopping skill. A total of 16 boards.

All four packs (One pound, five pounds, ten pounds, twenty pounds) include:

  • 2 standard game boards (featuring different items and prices from each other)

  • 2 lower ability game boards (same boards as above but with mostly less challenging calculations)

  • Answer grids for all 4 boards for at-a-glance checking by pupils or teacher

Intended to be laminated and used again and again. Children can work as pairs against pairs or one against one to get four correct answers in a row - horizontally, vertically or diagonally. It works especially well if they roll a dice each time to find which column they have to pick a calculation from (columns numbered 1-6). If there are no questions left in a particular column, they could skip a go or roll again. Pupils use a different coloured whiteboard pen to record answers on the board or add an initial or symbol if both players / teams are using the same colour. I recommend printing in A3 but it works fine in A4. The LA versions have a star next to the title but could perhaps be printed on different coloured card or paper if required.

Four 20-card sets (£1, £5, £10, £20) that can start with any card. A child reads the ‘I spend’ part first with others working out whether they have the relevant ‘I give you’. Use as a game for groups or perhaps as a whole class / whole group starter or plenary (in pairs if necessary). LA pupils could be given less challenging cards so they can still experience success.

I hope these Numeracy resources save you time and work well in your class. I would be very grateful for a review if you get a moment. Thank you.

Some of my other popular KS2 Maths resources:
Mental Maths Bundle
Multiplication / Division Bundle
Angles / Symmetry Bundle

For time-saving printables and presentations to plan Primary Literacy, Maths and French lessons, please visit FullShelf Resources

By FullShelf

money bingo game

bingo cards using real photos of coinsto aid recognition of coins
By beattied

Making Money Games

Making Money Games: 2 differentiated game boards where children have to make given amounts using coins. Includes amounts less than £1 and over £1. As a challenge ask children to make the amounts using the least number of coins.

For more Outstanding Resources for Outstanding Teachers, please visit my website
By Helen Rachel Crossley

Money Dominos

Money dominos. Random amounts up to £5. I had one with coins but discovered my ASD class couldn't then transfer their knowledge of UK coins to prices in the supermarket so this is designed to support that. Can be used for startes/plenaries, as a simple matching game or differentiate it by asking individual students questions such as &'Add together 3 amounts&'; 'Which value is higher or lower&' etc. Hope it&';s useful!
By LexHG

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