Ready-made Money Week

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By Cherri Moseleyprimary teacher

It’s in for a penny, in for a pound with this special week of practical activities on money and finance

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My Money Week is running from 29 June to 5 July 2009, and aims to help children learn about how to manage their money and make responsible decisions. For a free primary toolkit visit www.pfeg.org/MyMoney Below are some ideas to help you host your own money week.

Monday: How much?

Oral and mental starter

  • Give each child a large card coin. Hand out more bronze coins to Year 1, and more silver coins to Year 2.
  • Ask everyone with a 1p coin to stand up, to check coin recognition. Add them up together. Repeat for each coin denomination.

Main activity

  • Put a few real coins in small envelopes, mark each with a letter (see image above), but do not seal. Differentiate the contents for different groups (mixed coins are harder to count).
  • Let each child estimate and then count the contents of a few envelopes. Have some spares on each table.
  • Can Year 2 children calculate the difference between their estimates and totals? Look for a reduction in the difference as the activity progresses.

Plenary

  • Invite the children to discuss how they worked out the total.
  • Pick an envelope, ideally one where the children have recorded different totals. Ask for suggestions about how to count it.
  • Count the contents in different ways to demonstrate that the total is always the same.
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  1. Wendy
    on 22 May 2012

    Ready made money week

    A really great resource, lots of ideas here – thank you.