A demonstration of how different combinations of coins can be equal in value. For example, a pound coin is also equal to five 10ps and a 50p piece. The animation uses numbers and practical material and sets the solution in the original context.

First broadcast:
2 November 2000

As the children watch the clip, ask them to record the coins that were used to pay for a pizza which costs £1 with different coins. The children can play the following game to explore how £1 can be made from different combinations of coins. Throw a dice (an eight sided dice would work well). This tells you how many coins you may take from the bank. If you can make £1 with this number of coins then you score a point. Now the other player has a turn. Do the same for other amounts of money. The winner is the player with the most points at the end of the game.