Telling the time is something that adults find completely second-nature to them. You can do it in an instant, without even thinking. However, many children can find this task quite tricky to learn when starting off – particularly when it comes to the dreaded analogue clock.
Did you know that just one in seven Britons can only tell the time using a digital watch? Despite this shocking statistic, I suppose it makes sense when we live in a digital world, as the digital format is displayed on all of the devices we use on a daily basis. Why would we need to learn analogue, right?
The good news is that only last year, telling the time has been included within the 2014 Maths National Curriculum in England. This means that children should have a good understanding of the concepts of time by the time they reach year 4, Primary.
What should children know, and at what age?
Year 1 (ages 5-6)
- Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour, and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.
Year 2 (ages 6-7)
- Tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times
- Know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day
Year 3 (ages 7-8)
- Tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numberals from I to XII, as well as knowing 12-hour and 24-hour clocks
- Estimate and read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute; record and compare time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours; use vocabulary such as o’clock, a.m/p.m., morning, afternoon, noon and midnight.
Year 4 (ages 8-9)
- Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks.
Is there an easy way to learn telling the time?
Yes, and we thought you’d never ask! Because the topic of telling the time was introduced into the Maths National curriculum last year, we have spent a while developing a time telling app into our latest award-winning primary school maths app, Maths Tutor.
It includes all aspects of the National Curriculum and is a great tool for teachers and pupils to use in the classroom.
There are plenty of learning activities, tutorials and fun features to teach children key concepts of telling the time. What’s more, the app can be accessed via an iPad, Android tablet or web browser too which means teachers can either let their class learn individually, or they can make use of an interactive whiteboard for an all-engaging, super- awesome, time telling lesson!
Is there another way of telling the time?
Well, according to this Italian man, there is another way of telling the time other than using the conventional digital and analogue formats… but we definitely wouldn’t want to see this in the National Curriculum!