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Numeracy - Money


This week's focus is on the area of money. We'll be looking at recognising coins and understanding their relationship, calculating change, problem solving and interpreting a calculator display in the context of money. 


Remember you do not have to print these tasks for your child. They can look at them on their laptop/tablet and jot down their answers in their jotters or on a page. 


If your child struggles with recognising coins and counting money spend lots of time this week practically counting out coins in the home and discussing their relationship with notes. 

Practical Ideas

Daily Timetable for Numeracy

Mathletics 15 minutes

Times Table Rockstars 5 minutes

Mental maths game/task 10 minutes

Written task (see steps 1/2/3) 30 minutes - appropriate PowerPoints/games to use before beginning the task are included under your child's step. 

Learning Focus

In preparation for their Friday test, the children will need to learn the following times tables this week: 

Group 1 - x5

Group 2 - x6

Group 3 - mixed x2-x12


The children will also revise their square numbers to 10. See the links below which can be used for revision throughout the week. On Friday ask the children to list square numbers to 100 and ask some questions on their times tables.  


Today's focus in on recognising coins and the relationship that exists between them. Discuss how many 1ps are in £1/£2/£5, number of 5ps in £1/£2/£5 etc. Look at the PowerPoint and complete the quiz. The children may want to jot their answers down or complete some rough working out. Pupils can then complete their task. 

*Step One children only need to complete the first two pages. Answers are not given. Check the children's coins add up to the correct total. 

Mental Maths - UR Brainy questions and answers under each child's step. 


Revision of yesterday's work. Children to complete their Topmarks mental maths game first before watching the BBC Bitesize video and completing the questions on the web page. In terms of their tasks: Step 3 children should only complete page one (answers on the last page of the document) and Step 1 children should only complete the first two pages (answers are on the last page of the document). 


Today's focus in on calculating the correct amount of change to be given. The children can do this in two ways, either using their written subtraction HTU or using an empty number line (using the adding up strategy). Go through the PowerPoint which explains the use of the empty number line. The children have used this before and it should help any having difficulties. Mental maths UR Brainy questions and answers can be found under each step. Tasks - Step 1 complete the first two pages, Step 2 - complete both pages, Step 3 - complete the first two pages (answers are on the last page of the documents). 


Today pupils are focusing on problem solving in the context of money. The children have a series of word problems to answer (Step 1 - complete pages 1 & 3 only). Ensure that they show their working out! Mental maths today - Topmarks game (see link in each step). Answers to all tasks can be found in the documents). 


Today the children need a calculator (this can be on their phones/tablets/a big brother or sister's). It is really important that the children can use a calculator confidently and interpret the display in relation to the area of money. Go through the calculator warm-up PowerPoint together before trying out the questions on the second PowerPoint  - interpreting a calculator display. The children can then try out their task USING A CALCULATOR. Answers are on the last page of each document. *Encourage the children to check their answers as described in the PowerPoint using the inverse operation. e.g If you had to subtract the price of flights from a holiday total to find the cost of the hotel, adding the cost of the hotel and flights should equal the holiday total given in the question. 


For their mental maths/Friday test complete the Basic Maths Test found under each step. Answers are on the second page. 


We've included a fun YouTube video with a calculator trick the children can try. We hope you enjoy it!