In preparation for next week’s ‘Easter Bunny Maths Challenge’, please have a look at the resources below with regards to Time.
By the end of Year 1 your son/daughter will be expected to have a good understanding of ‘the hour and half past the hour’ on an analogue clock face. They will need to be able to identify the time from the location of the clock hands and will need to be able to draw the hands on to show a given time.
They should be able to correctly use the following terminology:
For children to have a good grasp of this concept it is advisable to start by looking at events in relation to where they happen throughout a day. After which they can then start to look at which hour is closest in relation to these activities. When your son/daughter understands o’clock they can then look at half past the hour.
Activity 1 - Day and Night
To start thinking about Time, one of the first things I will ask the children to complete is a sequencing activity focusing on Day and Night. For this activity you should discuss each image and ask your son/daughter to provide reasoning as to why certain images go in to either the Day or Night box.
*If you are unable to print the resources, maybe you could create your own Day and Night mats with drawn activities inside them. Alternatively, you can just use the pictures as discussion points.
The next activity focuses on looking at Analogue Clocks. Please ask your son/daughter what they think time is and why it is important? Following this I suggest showing them an Analogue Clock (most children are used to reading the time from digital forms). This link should take you to an online clock which you can manipulate to discuss different times: https://torch.taw.org.uk/learningzone/maths/SiteAssets/SitePages/markcoganmaths/time/clock/clockres.html
When introducing the Analogue Clock it is really important for your son/daughter to understand that the long hand is also called the ‘minute hand’ and that the short hand is also called the ‘hour hand’.
Activity 3 - O'Clock
Before looking at half-past the hour it is recommended that you check your child's knowledge of o'clock. Below is a PowerPoint which you can use as a re-cap or introductory resource. The key teaching point for o'clock is as follows:
When it is o’clock the minute hand always sits on 12 and the hour hand is always pointing directly at the number for the hour that it is.
When you have looked at O'Clock via the PowerPoint you can then use any of the following activities to reinforce their understanding:
For looking at half past the hour it is important for children to understand that:
When it is half past the hour the minute hand always points to the 6 and the hour hand sits half way between two numbers. The first number is the hour that has just passed and the second number is the hour that the time is moving to.
As with o'clock there is an attached PowerPoint for explanation and follow up activities.