Maths Reception Spring Money and Coins

Hamilton's Reception Maths planning targets the key characteristics of effective early learning:

  • Through Exploring and Playing, children independently engage with their peers and their environment.
  • Active Learning group activities promote the motivation needed to be involved and to keep trying.
  • Guided Creating and Thinking Critically supports development of problem-solving & reasoning skills.

Maths Out Loud: whole-class counting, repetitive chants, rhymes, songs and a linked story to enjoy together.

Coin recognition (suggested as 5 days)

Active Learning

  1. What can I buy?
  2. How many pennies?
  3. Guessing which coin
  4. How much is it?

Maths Out Loud


Hold up a 1p coin. In unison, and using fingers, count in 1ps to 20p and show the 20p coin.
Hold up a 2p coin. Count in 2s to 20, dropping 2p coins into a mug as you do so. Tip the coins out and point out that all these are the same as 20p.
Hold up a 5p coin. Count in 5s to 20, dropping 5p coins into a mug as you do so. Tip the coins out and point out that these are the same as 20p.
Hold up a 10p coin. Count in 10s to 20, dropping 10p coins into a mug as you do so. Tip the coins out and point out that these two 10ps make 20p.


Sing a song of sixpence

Sing a song of sixpence
a pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds
baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened
the birds began to sing.
Wasn't that a dainty dish
to set before a king?

The king was in his counting house
counting out his money.
The queen was in the parlour
eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden
hanging out the clothes.
When down came a blackbird
and pecked off her nose!

Count out six pennies to show what sixpence looks like nowadays.

It could even be a 5p and a 1p. Or three 2p coins.

Be the king in his counting house and count out the money.


The Great Pet Sale by Mick Inkpen

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

Items for a shop, e.g. beads, jumble sale bits, sweets/cakes, small toys; money (preferably real coins); stickers; sand tray; sand; lots of different coins up to 20p; pretend or real metal detector or magnifying glasses and brushes; Flapjack recipe (see resources); ingredients; price labels/stickers; paper; wax crayons.

Active Learning

Real coins up to and including £2; real 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins; sticky-tack; lots of pennies; large replica coins or IWB coins; bag; tray.

Creating and Thinking Critically

1p, 2p, 5p, 10p coins; 3 purses; 3 different soft toys; Child’s letter (see resources); pots; 1-6 dice; lots of pennies.