Maths and money

As your child understands more about money, you can use it to develop their maths and personal finance skills. Don't forget to talk to your child about where money comes from.

Tips & ideas

  • If your child has a mobile phone, use it to talk about maths and money saving. Look together for the best plans; Does their network sell any extras that would make texts or calls cheaper? Is it cheaper to text or use Skype, Snapchat or WhatsApp?
  • At the shops. When buying a couple of items, ask them to work out how much they will cost together. As a challenge for older children, ask them to estimate what the weekly shop will come to.
  • Pocket money. Use this as an opportunity to talk about maths – are they saving for anything? How much do they need to save each week to buy it?
  • Work out offers in supermarkets together. Ask them to work out which are the best deals.
  • Travellng. Ask your child to help you work out whether it's cheaper to drive or take public transport. Are there any deals you can get on public transport?
  • Talk to them about getting a bank account. Look together at what's on offer for young people opening their first account and see which is the best deal.
  • Ask your child to check your change.

What skills are we practising?

  • Identifying shapes
  • Adding
  • Subtracting
  • Multiplying
  • Dividing
  • Numbers between whole numbers
  • Place value
  • Counting
  • Estimating
  • Comparing
  • Checking
  • Problem solving and reasoning

For ideas, look at:

All external resources have been reviewed and recommended by our Parental Engagement Pedagogical team. (External links will open in a new tab).

Price of football calculator

Which is the most expensive team to support? Explore the data.

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Do You Have Enough Money?

Collecting coins using a coin bank.

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Maths Money Puzzle

More maths money puzzles from NRICH.

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Advice About Talking to Children About Money

The Money Advice Service has videos and activities to help parents and carers introduce children to sensible money habits they will need as adults.

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The Maths Channel

Some useful videos about maths and money, including how to calculate change.

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Rooster Money

Help your children track pocket money, spending and saving with this app.

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