Year 1 Maths

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Identifying Money


Get Ready

You will need:

Label the containers for each coin and make a pile of coins. Tell your child that together you will separate the coins into groups.


Spread out the coins. To start, pick up one of each kind of coin and tell your child which coin it is. Let him look at the coins and say their names to you. Ask him to watch as you put one coin of each type in its respectively labeled container. Then ask him to sort the rest of the coins. You can do this several times. Depending on your child's experience with money, you can explain what each coin is worth as you sort them, or you can simply have him tell you how much each coin is worth and in which container he should put each coin. Ask your child to find the number written on pence coins to find their value.

Talk and Think

To help your child become more familiar with coins and their value, have him look over the coins in order of their value. Then talk about what each coin is worth and what the pence and pound signs mean. For example, the 'p' sign means penny or pence. Only the 1 pence (1p) coin is called a penny. Values higher than this are called 'pence'. The '£' sign means pound or pounds.

Explain that the pictures appear on both sides of each coin. Tell your child that the side with a head on it is called the 'heads' side and that the other side is called the 'tails' side. Point out that the face on the 'heads' side shows the Queen. Have your child show you the heads and tails sides of different coins. Then ask:

Go a Little Further

The next time you go shopping, give your child a handful of coins. Ask for his help in picking out certain coins. Don't expect him to know which coins add up to a certain amount. We will focus on that skill in Year 2!

This activity is adapted from pages 119 - 120 of What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here. This activity has cross-curricular connections: click below to see related activities.

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