Time!

Some parents have been asking about how best to support children with time, in Year 2. Here are some ideas. Let us know how you get on!
 
By the end of Year 2, children are expected to be able to tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to and to be able to draw hands on a clock face to show these times.
 
The best way of learning to tell the time is through real life experiences of time, so the more support parents can give at home, the better! Here are some ideas:
 
  • Ask your child to read the time in the morning and log it. They can do this before they come and wake you up to give you a couple more precious minutes in bed! Put a clock in their room or an alarm clock which they can practise setting.
  • Give your child an analogue watch to start with (i.e. not digital) and encourage them to use it to tell the time. Have a sticker chart to reward whenever they get it right.
  • Use actual times in every day life, for example, instead of saying “lunch will be in five minutes” say “lunch will be at quarter past 12” and ask them to sit in their seat when they think it is that time.
  • Play ‘what’s the time Mr Wolf?’ with friends to practise saying and hearing times.
  • Make a clock using two paper plates, cardboard and a split pin, as in the pictures above.