Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Money - first level

What is this?

Here are some ideas to support you to design an activity on money which you can use or adapt for learners in your class while they are working remotely. This learning activity is based on first level experiences and outcomes.

When designing learning activities, think about the range of learners in your class and their individual circumstances.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) experiences and outcomes: First level

  • I can use money to pay for items and can work out how much change I should receive. (MNU 1-09a)
  • I have investigated how different combinations of coins and notes can be used to pay for goods or be given in change. (MNU 1-09b)

Purpose of the activity

At early level, learners will have developed their awareness of how money is used. They will have focused on identifying all coins to £2 an used simple addition and subtraction skills using 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins to pay for exact money to 10p.

This activity builds on these skills, helping learners to use money to work out how much items cost and how much change they should receive.

Learning activities

Using whichever method you use to share home learning activities with the children in your class, consider the following:

  • Set this money activity in the contest of cooking or baking. Encourage the children to look through recipes online.
  • Ask them to write down the ingredients and discuss how much the price of each item might be. Encourage them to look at supermarket adverts that arrive in the post or online supermarkets to find costs. Remind them that they would likely need to buy more than the recipe requires (for example, you would need to buy a box of eggs, not just one egg).
  • Encourage the children to pick a few of the ingredients and add up the total cost.
  • Can they work out which coins or notes they would need to use to pay for these items? Are there different ways of making these amounts?
  • Ask the children to think about how much change they would get from a given amount e.g. £1, £5 or £10. What calculation do they need to do?

National benchmarks

Depending on a child’s individual stage of development and their prior learning, children will be working towards these benchmarks, by the end of first level.

  • Identifies and uses all coins and notes to £20 and explores different ways of making the same total.
  • Uses a variety of coin and note combinations, to pay for items and give change within £10.

Possible approach to assessing learning

Receiving examples of learning at home from children will help you understand how they are managing the tasks you have set and provide some feedback. Using whichever approaches your school uses to communicate with parents, some of the following may be useful in supporting you to assess and celebrate children’s progress:

  • You may want to ask children to explain what calculations they did to work out how much change they would get ?
Resource subject Numeracy and mathematics
Resource type Learning activity
Resource format Webpage