Time is more than looking at your watch. It starts with learning about day and night, the seasons, days of the week, months of the year and using a calendar. All knowledge that we need as part of our daily life.
We then begin to look at the 12 hour clock and see how this relates to the 24 hour clock. Pupils will be asked to talk about their daily routines – What time do you get up? When do you go to bed? What time is tea? This will then become weekly – What clubs do you go to on a Monday? Thursday? Saturday?
When learning to tell the time we begin with o’clock, then half past. Moving on to quarter to and quarter past after knowledge is secure. During this time children will be exposed to both digital and annalogue time. Pupils will work with am and pm times before learning about the 24 hour clock.
Timetables are a major part of life and the skill of working out and using a timetable is something we want to develop. Pupils will look at bus timetables (for example) and plan a journey working out what time the bus leaves, when it will arrive at the destination and how long the journey took. Pupils may be asked to plan a timetable of events for the rest of the school, like on World Book Day when a number of visitors are coming into the school and need to visit several classes. Pupils will have to work out the best way for all classes to get a visitor at a different time.
Have a shot at telling the time using some of the sites below.
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/earlymath/on_time_game1.swf – Set the clock at o’clock or half past times on an analogue clock face. You need to read the digital time in the questions carefully. A game for 5-7 year olds.
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?a=activity25 – A game for 10-11 year olds. Work out the time problems in this adventure game from the future. Your mission is to work out the answers to the time questions to collect the Bio-rods, the enemy’s vital fuel source.
http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/abouttime-fullscreen.html – Three activities aimed at developing the concept of time. ‘Time Passing’ supports the discussion of the passage of time during a day. ‘Setting the Clock’ and ‘What time is it?’ focus on telling the time. A game for 5-11 year olds.
http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me3us/flash/lessonLauncher.html?lesson=lessons/13/m3_13_00_x.swf – Go down the Time Tunnel and complete a variety of time games such as stopping a timer when you think a certain time has passed, completing a puzzle within a time limit and more. A game for 7-11 year olds.
http://resources.oswego.org/games/BangOnTime/clockwordres.html – A game to help you tell the time. Read the time in words and then stop the clock when the hands are in the matching position. You can adjust the speed of the hands. A game for 5-11 year olds.