Learning to tell the time
Telling the time is an important skill in everyday life, but it can be tricky to learn. Before your child will be able to tell the time on a clock they will need to grasp how time relates to their own experiences. You can start to increase their awareness of time from a young age with simple activities and games - here are some fun ideas to get you started.
Hints and tips for telling the time
- Draw attention to time. Mention the time at different points in the day. ‘It’s 5 o’clock: time for tea.’ ‘It’s 7 o’clock: time for a bath.’
- Do fun activities that include measuring time:
- - use a timer for baking
- - play a board game with a sand timer
- - use a stop watch to time a race or challenge
Your child should be taught to tell the time at school in maths from Year 1. However, there isn’t much time at school to practise this skill, so practising at home is important.
Year 1 pupils should be taught to:
- tell the time to the hour and half past the hour
- draw the hands on a clock face to show these times
Year 2 pupils should be taught to:
- tell and write the time to five minutes including quarter past / to the hour
- draw the hands on a clock to show these times
- know the number of minutes in an hour and hours in a day
The Telling the Time worksheet is taken from My Telling the Time Activity Kit for 5 - 7 year olds
My Telling the Time Activity Kit
Aimed at 5 - 7 year olds, My Telling the Time Activity Kit introduces the concept and language of time to children through fun, interactive activities featuring Biff, Chip and Kipper from the popular Oxford Reading Tree scheme.
- Kipper Tells the Time Storybook – Read and share with your child to build an awareness of routines, sequences and the language of time.
- Telling the Time Workbook – A fun activity and sticker book for children to practise telling the time on both analogue and digital clocks.
- Flashcards – Help to develop skills through interaction and play.
- Tips for parents – Advice on how to use this pack to bring learning to life.