Maths Year 1 Spring Money and Fractions

Each unit has everything you need to teach a set of related skills and concepts.

Use coins to pay amounts and find totals (suggested as 3 days)

Planning and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Make labels 11p, 12p, 15p and 20p and attach to food items. Give each pair of children a pot of 1p, 2p, 5p, 10 and 20p coins, several of the smaller denominations. Show different items; children show you coins to pay for each 1. Discuss.
Group Activities
Use the ‘Mr Know It All’ in-depth problem solving investigation below as today’s group activity.
Or, use these activities:
-- Guess the coins in each pocket, using the clues.
-- Buy food, working out which coins they would use to pay for it.

Day 2 Teaching
Have a selection of toys with prices 1p to 11p. Choose 2 items. Show children an enlarged 0-20p money line and use this to model counting on. Children start with the larger and count on the smaller price.
Group Activities
-- Buy two or three items, using number facts or counting on to find totals.

Day 3 Teaching
Show children items with price labels 67p, 42p, and 56p. Say that all these prices are going to go up by 10p! What's a quick way to add 10p? Spider counting. Show a 1-100 grid. Model counting on 10p to find new prices.
Group Activities
-- Find prices for the car wash, adding 10p, 20p or 30p to amounts.

With TA or Tutor

These materials are for a TA or Tutor to use with a small group of children or one child.

They support the learning in class in this unit.

Notes are provided for teacher and TA/Tutor.

Back to Lockdown?

If your class or school is having to close for a while, these materials provide a home dimension as well as a clear route map outlining what to teach online, and what to practise at home.

Mental/Oral Maths Starters

Day 1
Coin recognition (pre-requisite skills)

Day 2
Make amounts up to 10p (pre-requisite skills)

Suggested for Day 3
Count in 10s from a 1-digit number (simmering skills)


Day 1
Choose which coins to use to buy food items.

Day 2
Choose two or three toys to buy. Use number facts to help find the total.

Day 3
Add 10p, 20p or 30p to different amounts.

Mastery: Reasoning and Problem-Solving

  • Find 2 different ways of making each amount.
    Draw the coins you use.
  • Write the missing numbers:
    8p + 12p = ☐
    6p + ☐ = 13p
    ☐ = 13p +3p + 6p
  • Add amounts to write the missing totals in the table.

In-depth Investigation: Mr Know it All
Children find out which amounts of money from 10 to 20p can be made using 10p, 5p, 2p, and 1p coins, using no more than one of each.