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Our book this week is 'The Rainbow Fish'. Listen to the link below to hear the story:



Maths focus this week: To use money to pay for items.



  • use 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins to pay for items
  • use different combinations of money to pay for items up to 20p






To start with ensure your child can recognise British coins. You can practise this using the link below:

See activities below also for coin recognition.


Once your child has mastered this, aim to introduce paying for items using money. You can follow the link below, included in this game is paying for items using the exact money, using different combinations, then it extends to paying for items where you would need change:


Try to include these games when learning about money this week. We know that recognising and using money is a difficult concept so you can personalise your learning to make it as challenging as you want. 


Activities you can do at home:


Talk about money


Empty the contents of your purse or wallet and discuss the British money you have using questions like:

What coin is this?
What do you think I could buy with this amount of money?

Which coins or notes do you think have more value and why?

Which coin has the lowest value?

Which coin has the highest value?

Can you put the coins/notes in order from the lowest value to the highest value?

What other ways can we pay for things? E.g debit and credit cards. 


Coin rubbing

This is a great activity for coin recognition.




Sort coins into pots or piles


Get lots of different coins and sort them into 1ps, 2ps and so on. 


Draw around coins and label them by copying real money


Match the amount with the coin


Write a list of amounts, e.g 1p, 2p 5p and so on then ask your child to put the correct coin next to the amount.


Order coins from the lowest to the highest value


Create a menu


Ask your child, what are their favourite things to eat? They can create a poster by drawing the foods they prefer then labelling them by drawing the coins next to the items.


Play 'Going to the shop'


Decide who is the shopkeeper and who is the customer. Set up a little shop, this doesn't have to be too onerous, for example, use real items you have in the house- a tin of beans, a banana, a packet of sweets. Label them just using paper and sellotape, if you don't have sellotape at home simply place labels underneath the items or use blu tac. 

Role play the shop scene of buying and selling items together, this will be a fun way of practising money. 


Visit a local ice cream van or small shop following current guidelines and safety rules if this is currently allowed.


Go to an ice cream van or a small shop and allow your child to purchase items using money.

When in the shop or looking at the ice cream van, ask your child, for example,

How much is an apple?

What coins can we use to pay for the apple?
Can we pay for the apple using the exact amount? 

Could we use other coins to make the amount?

Do you think we need any change?

Do you know how much change?


Have fun using moneyyes


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