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Telling the Time - Useful Links and Resources

Learning to tell the time is one of the trickiest things for children to learn in Maths.  This is a fantastic opportunity for children to become really confident because of the chance of lots of individual time with an adult.  A few minutes every day would really help your child.


First of all, here is what they need to know:


Know the key facts:

1 minute = 60 seconds

1 hour = 60 minutes

1 day = 24 hours.


To get things rolling, here a great song about these facts.  Be warned - you will be singing this all day long because it is so catchy!

Time: "Seconds, Minutes and Hours" by StoryBots | Netflix Jr

Start with a reminder of the basics: o'clock, quarter past, half past, quarter to on an analogue clock (and also on a digital clock).


Children really need a teaching clock so they can practise setting the times and reading times that have been set for them.  Thanks to the Twinkl resources website, here are a couple of resources you could use if you have access to a printer:

When children are really confident at setting and reading these key times, move on to looking at the nearest 5 minutes on an analogue clock.

Children need to understand that the same time can be said in different ways, for example:

10 minutes past 7

10 past 7

and some people will even say "Seven ten"


Here is a bingo style game for reading times on an analogue clock.  Although it is designed to be printed, you could write down the times onto strips of paper and then just display each sheet of clock faces on your computer or tablet.  Repeated practise is the key here:

Again, once children are super confident they should move on to telling time to the nearest minute on an analogue clock.  


Here is a document with a summary of key information about time for children to refer to:

Here are some websites with games and activities to practice telling the time: - Telling the time

Lots of different options for you to practice, and you can either play with a timer or no timer. 

Click here to view the page. - Analogue and Digital

This game lets you practise matching times written on an analogue and digital clock.

Click here to view the page.



Mr Nassbaum - setting times on an analogue clock

You are given a time to set by dragging the hands on the clock (which can be a bit fiddly!).  When they are in the right place you will see the word correct.  It has different difficulty settings:

Easy - o'clock, quarter past, half past, quarter to

Medium - nearest 5 minutes

Hard - nearest minute

Click here to go to the page


Finally, here is another song about time from Numberock:

Telling Time Song for Kids | Telling Time to 5 Minutes