Recognising coins

Home learning focus

Learn how to identify the value of different coins.

This lesson includes:

  • a learning summary
  • three activities


Here is a 1p coin.

Two of these coins are worth the same as a 2p coin.

Here is a 5p coin.

A 5p coin is worth the same as five 1p coins.

Two 5p coins are worth the same as a 10p coin.

Two 10p coins are worth the same as a 20p coin.

Five 10p coins are worth the same as a 50p coin.

Two 50p coins are worth the same as a £1 coin.

Shapes of coins

Some coins are circles.

The 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and £2 coins are circular.

Some coins have curved edges.

The 20p, 50p and £1 coins have curved edges.

Example 1:

Here are some amounts of money you can make with just two coins.

1p + 1p = 2p

2p + 5p = 7p

10p + 50p = 60p

Can you make other amounts using two coins each time?

Example 2:

Which one of these coins is the odd one out?

2p, 5p, 30p, 50p

30p is the odd one out as there is not a 30p coin.

Top tip

You can make amounts of money using different coins that have the same value in total.


Activity 1

With a family member, exchange amounts of coins for others that make the same value, but using different coins.

For example:

10p = 2p, 2p, 5p, 1p

Practise giving change with different amounts.


Learn the value of each coin. Some smaller coins are worth more than larger coins, like a 10p coin is smaller than a 2p coin, but is greater in value.

Activity 2

Can you put coins in order of value from least to greatest? This interactive exercise was created by Oxford Owl, Oxford University Press.

Order the coins from least to greatest value

Activity 3

Print out this worksheet from Twinkl and complete the questions. One page shows all the different coins, which will help you complete the exercise.

Recognising coins

Click here for the answer sheet.

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