Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
This game will help children become more familiar with their currency, but in particular it consolidates calculating in the context of money. Being fluent with bonds to 100 helps learners when they come to give, and check, change.
Why play this game?
There are a number of different ways in which you could introduce this game. One way would be to work with a small group at a time to begin with so that you can check they are happy with the rules. Alternatively, you may be able to set up a version on the interactive whiteboard so that you and another adult, or a child whom you have briefed, play the game for everyone to see, talking
outloud as you do so.
However it is introduced, give children lots of time simply to play the game before you begin asking questions about strategy. Listen out for those pairs who mention having to think ahead and who are aware of the coins that their opponent has left to use.
You may like to set up one pair playing another pair so that learners have a chance to talk to their partner about the next move.
Tell me about that move.
What could you do next?
What might your opponent do then?
Challenge children to change one aspect of the game so as to create a new version. For example, what about using different numbers of coins? What happens if the total is different? What about using different denomination coins? What about a different grid size?
If a pair of children plays against another pair, that gives an opportunity for less confident children to talk about the next possible move.