How to count and add coins together by putting them into piles. In this animation, El Nombre helps a child raise money for the school bell by charging 10p for each child, but he struggles with adding up how much he has saved. El Nombre sorts the money into groups of the same coins, totalling each group and then adding them together.
Watch the clip first and explore the method used to count the total amount of money. Children can then be asked to make and count ‘coin towers’ eg make a coin tower from nine ten pence pieces. Then count the total amount. Children can then be given a purse containing a set of different coins and asked to find out how much money is in the purse by placing coins in piles of the same type and then adding up the total. Then the task can be repeated in ‘reverse' eg put 54 pence in the purse using only 10p and 4p coins or put 29 pence in the purse using 5p and 2p coins and so on.