Primary maths: Money

Classroom activities, lesson ideas and games to help young learners get to grips with undestanding pounds, pence, coins, notes and solving money problems

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Child Saving Using A Piggy Bank Representing Primary Maths Lessons About Money, Coins, Notes, Pounds & 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)
hoppytimes

Cafe Menu Maths ( money, decimals)

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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.
Money - true or false - year 2
MissFincham

Money - true or false - year 2

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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. All of my resources are free but please rate and review : )
One step money word problems - more and less
Katharine7

One step money word problems - more and less

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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...

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
lynnesymes

Money Problems class PowerPoint and challenge cards

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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 prac...
Recognising, naming and knowing the value of money
TashDevo21

Recognising, naming and knowing the value of money

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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 bein...

Games

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
FullShelf

Money Games Calculating Change

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Practise the key skill of finding change for different amounts! 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 cha...
Making Money Games
Helen Rachel Crossley

Making Money Games

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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 v...
Money Dominos
LexHG

Money Dominos

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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 ...