Teaching time – made simple!
Time – where does it go to??
The topic of time is a really hard concept for children to understand, and so here are a few suggestions that might make the topic more understandable and easier to teach.
Here we are in 2012 and the Olympics are around the corner. Why not use this as a calendar countdown. (It obviously ties in with your summer holiday also, but I think the parents may sense desperation if you had that up as a calendar countdown.)
We now have a new free download to help teach time available from our website, Clock visualisation! On our download, we have all the different options, 5, 10, 15 etc, with 1, 2, 3 segments coloured. On the reverse side there is the number of minutes remaining, thus 5 segments coloured will have the number 35 on the reverse side.
This brings us to number bonds / facts to 60. I was asked for this at an exhibition, and I explained that we had facts to 6, 8, 10, 17, 20 and 100 but not 60. As soon as she mentioned that she was teaching ‘time’, it became obvious and really useful for all teachers to do. Children draw and colour a fun clock and the digits clearly displayed, e.g. 40 and so the number 20 is displayed on the reverse side. As a mental maths activity, each child says the minutes ‘past’ and the other children have identify the minutes ‘to’ the hour.
Digital clocks are fun and easy to make with black paper and chalk. Cut out lots of black pieces of paper – about half of A4, but cut lengthways. Children do a fancy chalk pattern around the edge and two dots in the centre. They all must select a different time for their clocks e.g 14:30. Children can stand up ‘in order’ to arrange the times chosen. Use a master clock to make change the digit to 1 hour, 10 minutes or 1 minute more.
Tick and Tock is our clock set with a 16 ‘colour shaded’ card clocks that act as templates for the numbers. (Tiny holes in the correct position.) The set contains a workbook with really useful worksheets e.g duration. It is currently on offer (£10 per pack plus VAT and P&P).