In Year 2 so far we have learnt how to recognise the time to every 15 minutes (o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to).
Hints and tips for telling the time
Draw attention to time. Mention the time at different points in the day. For example, you could say, ‘it’s 5 o’clock – time for tea,’ or ‘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
- Make sure your child is confident with numbers and counting from 1–60 as this will make telling the time easier. Practising the five times table will also be a big help.
- Start with analogue clocks rather than digital clocks. Focus on telling time to the hour and half hour.
- Put a clock in your child’s bedroom. Ideally it should have a clear hour hand and half hour hand as this will help them to understand that the short hand shows the hour and the long hand shows the minutes.
- Talk about what you regularly do at different times in the day. Use time vocabulary such as today, yesterday, now, afterwards.