Year 1: Money
Money and coins in Year 1
Working with coins in practical contexts is both an effective way to become confident with money, but also helps with addition and subtraction. Undoubtably, one of the best resources in a classroom or at home is a collection of real coins or plastic coins.
At the beginning of Year 1 children should be given the opportunity to sort coins by size and shape.
Plenty of opportunity should also be given to count up and down, using 1p and 2p pieces. Children can then compare two amounts of money by matching the coins and then saying which is more or less and by how much.
We have a great range of worksheets to help children, encouraging hands on experience with coins.
A mix of coins can be introduced when children are confident of their value and simple shopping exercises, with items costing small amounts of 1p and 2p coins, can be carried out from early on. At first this should be a straight exchange. Later, change can be introduced. Small boxes wrapped in paper with price tags are a popular resource with children. Encourage counting on when working out change.
Later 5p and 10p coins can be introduced and coins can be exchanged up to 10p, together with giving change.
Our very latest sets of worksheets look at naming all of the coins up to £2 and finding small amounts using just 1p, 2p and 5p coins.
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