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Let's Make some Money!

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Time Table Template (Click to enlarge and print)

Key Skills and Concepts

Optimising GCSE Performance


Topics Covered:

Working with decimals and money

Working with time

Time Tables

Real Life Maths – Project Management


Equipment needed:

Either a print out of the time table shown below or a piece of paper/white board to write tour own time table template out

Ideally a print out of the Job cards below or you can just use them straight from the electronic version



This is a great task to work with your child on in showing how much difference organising your day properly can make in real life. In this case you are organising different jobs that are available to complete with the objective of making as much money as possible. It also really helps to show that reading and understanding all the information available can give you an advantage in solving a problem. Whatever your child’s confidence with tasks like this you will find they will get something out of it and you can gauge any improvement with a second attempt by checking if they have managed to make anymore money


Ideally print and cut out the cards and start by reading through them all carefully trying to make sense of which ones affect each other. You have from 8AM to 8PM to carry out as many jobs as possible and make as much money as you can. Note that you will not be able to carry out every single job in the time you have. You can only use each card/job once unless it says it can be split up.



Think about which jobs are the most importance in terms of value

Make sure you complete all ‘MUST BE DONE’ tasks (even if you don’t get paid for them)

Record your day on a timetable like the one provided:

EG:  8AM      to       9AM           Car Wash                        £3.60

        9AM      to       9:30AM      Homework (30 min)       £0

Key Questions to ask:

“Which jobs are the best ones to do?”

“How much money have you made?”

“Have you got everything you need to dog wash?”

“Can you definitely do that job at that time?”

“Have you taken all of your breaks?”

“Have you done all your homework?”

“Why might it be a good idea to pump up your bike?”


Real Life Links:

Depending on the age of your child this could be a great opportunity to start talking about jobs and why you get paid more for some jobs than others. As well as that you could discuss what is important in a job to your child. In my experience a much better question than, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is…

“What kind of things do you want to do when you grow up?”

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