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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Week 4 - 5 Money

National curriculum content

  • Add and subtract amounts of money to give change, using both £ and p in practical contexts


Lesson objectives

  1. Count money (pence)
  2. Count money (pounds)
  3. Pounds and pence
  4. Convert pounds and pence
  5. Add money
  6. Subtract money
  7. Give change


What we want children to know

  • Explore the £ and p symbol
  • Understand that both coins and notes are used to represent amounts in pounds
  • Know the value of each coin and note and understand what these values represent
  • Understand that money can be represented in different ways but still have the same value
  • Use knowledge that £1 is 100 pence to convert between pounds and pence
  • Use pictorial representations to add two amounts
  • Use a number line and a part-whole model to subtract and find change


What skills we want children to develop

Use knowledge to solve reasoning and problem solving questions such as:



I bought a book which cost between £9 and £10 and I paid with a ten pound note. My change was between 50p and £1 and was all in silver coins.

What price could I have paid?


Explain thinking

Sam and Tom share this money equally. Put the coins into two equal groups. Could three friends share the money equally?

Explain your reasoning.


Mathematical talk

  • Is the group with the most coins always the biggest amount? Why?
  • Can you find the total in a different way?
  • How many pennies are there in £1?
  • Can you group any of the coins to make a pound?
  • Do we need to exchange any pounds for pence?
  • What do we mean by ‘change’ in the context of money?