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Learn how to count different coins.
This lesson includes:
- a learning summary
- two activities
- one worksheet
When you count up the same type of coin, you are using your times tables.
Here you have eight 1p coins.
You can work out how much you have in total by counting up each coin:
1p + 1p + 1p + 1p + 1p + 1p + 1p + 1p = 8p
Or you can work this out through multiplication:
8 x 1p = 8p
Take a look at this row of 2p coins.
Once again, you can find the total in two ways. You can add them together:
2p + 2p + 2p + 2p + 2p = 10p
Or you can use multiplication:
5 x 2p = 10p
Here you can see 30p using 5p coins.
This can be worked out through repeated addition.
5p + 5p + 5p + 5p + 5p + 5p = 30p
Another way of working it out would be to multiply 5p by six.
5p x 6 = 30p
Different coin values and amounts
Coins have different values. They can be compared with each other using the greater than (>) or less than (<) symbols.
In this example, one 5p coin is compared in value to six 1p coins. This could also be written as:
5p < 6p
Count the larger value coins first to make it easier.
Archie has this much money.
Eva has this much.
Who has the most money?
Use the greater than (>) or lesser than (<) symbols to fill in the gap below.
Click through the slide show and see if you got the correct answer.
Practise counting groups of coins to see how much they are worth.
See if you can make an amount using different numbers of coins.
You can have fewer coins than your friend but still have more money than they have.
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