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Making learning fun and interesting at home can be a daunting task, but now that we are having to make adjustments with our children’s education routine there are plenty of ways we can support them and give them extra nuggets of knowledge.
One fun way of learning arithmetic is by using money to help give sums a visual and tangible dimension, but it can also provide an opportunity to learn a bit of history. Knowing who is on our money can teach our kids about important historical figures and their impact in the world.
The most important figure on our cash is of course Queen Elizabeth II, a good introduction to learning about the British monarchy and our royal family. There is much to be said about the history of the British Empire, abdication, and new updated rules of allowing who can reign, but maybe tailor that history lesson to fit with your kid’s age and levels of understanding (without leaving them to just watch The Crown!)
Cash may seem like a forgotten relic of the past what with the prevalence and need for contactless payment these days, but if you’re able to dig out some notes we can examine who and what is depicted on them.
The £5 note features undoubtedly our most famed Prime Minister of all time, Winston Churchill. Born in 1874 into a wealthy aristocratic family, he enlisted in the army and was elected as a Conservative MP. He became Prime Minister during the Second World War and oversaw British involvement in the Allied war effort resulting in victory in 1945. Widely considered one of the 20th Century’s most significant figures, where he is seen as a wartime leader playing an important role in defending Europe’s liberal democracy and celebrated as a writer.
Pictured with Churchill on the reverse of the note are the Houses of Parliament, most notably featuring Big Ben, alongside a representation of Churchill’s Nobel Prize for Literature. The Nobel Prizes are widely considered to be the most prestigious of awards in the fields of sciences, literature and peace, awarding individuals for their contributions having the greatest benefit to humankind.
The £10 note features renowned English author Jane Austen (1775-1817) known for her major novels that critique, interpret and comment upon the social class of landowners and women’s roles in society. Her most famous novels, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Sense and Sensibility’, have earned her acclaim among critics, scholars and audiences, along with her use of biting humour and social commentary. With Austen’s portrait features an image of Godmersham Park, her brother’s home, believed to be the inspiration for a number of her novels, and an illustration of Elizabeth Bennet, the main character from her novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’, regarded as the most admirable of Austen’s heroines because of her complexity and wish to marry for love instead of for social and economic reasons as was expected of the women of her time.