Converting pounds and pence

Home learning focus

In this lesson, you will learn how to count coins and notes, convert pennies into pounds, and pounds into pennies!

The lesson includes:

  • two videos
  • two online activities
  • one activity sheet


Watch this brief introduction to money. The presenter shows each coin and note, and explains how many pennies they are equivalent to.

How many pennies do you think it would take to make £50?

You won't often see prices written in pennies for larger amounts. For that pounds are used. Watch the video to see various menus and price tags, and learn how notation for money works in everyday situations.

You will only need to watch the first 55 seconds of this video.

How many pennies would it take to make £2.60?


Activity 1

Can you make £1 using two coins? Click the picture below to find out.

Activity 2

Can you make £1 using four coins? Click the picture below to find out.

Activity 3

Converting pounds and pence

Add and subtract amounts of money to give change in both pounds and pence with this worksheet from Twinkl.

Converting pounds and pence

Click here for the answer sheet.

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