Short Blocks

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.

Unit 1 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

Counting

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.

Songs

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.

Story

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.

Unit 2 Money role play (suggested as 5 days)

Creating and Thinking Critically

  1. Paying with pounds
  2. Who has the most money?
  3. Stolen coins!
  4. How many ways to pay?

Maths Out Loud

Counting

Use the number line. Count to 20 as a class like this: whisper 1, shout 2, whisper 3, shout 4, whisper 5, shout 6, and so on. Repeat this at least twice. Then point out that we can count just the ‘shout-y numbers’. Two, four, six… Count in twos to 20, saying only the even numbers. Repeat this. Then show a cup full of £2 coins (NB These must be real not plastic!) Point out that we can count in twos to see how much money we have. Tip the coins out, then count in twos, dropping one £2 coin into the mug with each number spoken. Two (clink), four (clink), six (clink), etc. How much do I have? This is because each one of these coins is two of these – show the £1 coin. We count in twos to find out ‘How much?’.

Chants/Rhymes/Songs

Song – Five Currant Buns (Adapted)

Adaptation – use two children from class to pay with £1 coins.

Children start by showing ten fingers

Ten currant buns in a baker’s shop.
Sticky and round with a cherry on top.
Along came Marek with a pound one day,
Bought five buns and took them away.
Children fold down five fingers

Five currant buns in a baker’s shop.
Sticky and round with a cherry on top.
Along came Annie with a pound one day,
Bought five buns and took them away.
Children fold down last five fingers

Show the two £1 coins and show that this is equal to £2 coin.

Story

The Shopping Basket by John Burningham. Children discuss how much each of the items on the shopping list might cost.

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

Books; £1 and £2 coins (preferably real); price labels/stickers; lots of different coins; paper; sketching pencils; crayons; magnifying glasses; bikes/ trikes or play cars; Parking sign (see resources); nets; bowls/ sorting trays; optional glitter.

Active Learning

£1 and £2 coins; treasure: anything gold, silver or sparkly, e.g. necklaces, gold chains, buttons etc.; pirate supplies, e.g. clothing and nautical equipment; treasure chests; purses; pirate hats; items for a class shop; large labels; 30 x 10p coins; 6 x £1 coins; 3 x £2 coins (preferably all real coins); 0 to £1 Number track (see resources); 1-6 dice; 4 x 50p coins; 20 x 10p coins; bowl; coin stamps.

Creating and Thinking Critically

Lots of real £1 and £2 coins; paper purses; 0 - £10 number line (see resources); Number cards 1-9 (see resources); purse; items for a class shop; price labels: £6, £5, £4, £3, £2, £1.