This resource focuses on the 50 year anniversary of the 50p coin, in 2019. First introduced on 14 October 1969, it was the first seven-sided coin in the world.
It was made as part of the decimalisation process, when our currency became based around multiples of 10 or 100, moving away from the system of pounds, shillings and pence.
This PDF resource includes this article, as well as accompanying activity ideas:
- Debate whether it’s time to get rid of physical currency for good and become a cashless society
- Write a persuasive article proposing a famous person or special event that you think should be commemorated on a 50p coin
- Using ‘Halfway Down’ by AA Milne, rewrite that poem about a 50p piece, as if it is a child’s favourite coin
- Research five other significant events from 1969, put them in order of importance (in your view) and give a brief, two- or three-sentence explanation of what happened for each
Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download here.
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The Week Junior magazine looks at current affairs and helps children make sense of the world, provides context and clarity to complex issues, improves general knowledge and encourages discussion and debate.
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