Tuesday 1 November 2011

Little maths-money

I had on my maths list, for today, to do sorting and counting groups. Initially, the plan was to use cutlery and Duplo but that seemed a bit simple and uninspiring so inspired by Sarah at Pyjama School, I decided to use coins. This was much more useful-first separating into coppers and silver and then into piles for each coin.

It also led to some interesting discussion as some of the newer coins look quite different and have the value in words not figures.

Of course, the money had to be counted. Very useful practice at counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. And that sticky question about how many pennies in a pound.

For a child fascinated by history, we talked about half pennies (ha'pennies) and quarter pennies (farthings).

Amazing how much there is to learn in a pile of small change.

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