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, for example 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? Try the activity below!

Activity 3

Can you recognise different coins? Tap the correct coin in this activity.

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