This week in maths we are going to be learning time. By the end of year one, pupils are expected to be able to tell the time to the hour (o'clock) and half past the hour on an analogue clock.
We will start with a recap lesson on o'clock, which we learned in school in the Autumn term, and then we will move on to looking at half past. We will practice reading time on clocks, playing some online games, and some reasoning about time. It might be useful for your child to have access to a clock on which they can manipulate the hands, whether they have a toy one or see the printable or interactive online versions below this text box. At the end of the week we will be looking at comparing and measuring time, exploring just how long a minute really is, and also using language such as earlier, later, quicker, slower etc.
To help your child with learning time (which can be a difficult concept for some), the best thing is to continually expose them to the language associated with it (even after we have finished learning it in maths) - if you have an analogue clock in your house ask them to tell you what time it is (at o'clock or half past the hour), discuss what time you do certain things like dinner time or bed time, discuss how long it takes to do certain activities such as brushing their teeth or walking to the shop, anything to support them in using the language and developing their understanding of the concept of time.