Short Blocks

Maths Year 1 Summer Data

Each unit has everything you need to teach a set of related skills and concepts.

Measure time using different units (suggested as 3 days)

Planning and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Show children month cards January–December. Choose child to find January. Peg to a washing line. Repeat for all 12 months. Point to and say the months together. Group the months into seasons. Discuss whose birthdays are in which month (more of this in a later lesson). Which season is your birthday in?
Group Activities
-- Make a paper chain of months of the year and order them.

Day 2 Teaching
Show a geared clock. Children count the hours as you move the hands round to show each hour. Show a clock with a second hand. Demonstrate minutes and seconds. Time can be measured in hours, minutes and seconds. Time a few short activities to demonstrate measuring in seconds.
Group activities
-- Explore what can be achieved in 1 minute.

Day 3 Teaching
Discuss how we can write o’clock and half past times shown on an analogue clock in digital format. Point out that there are 60 minutes in an hour, so half past is 30 minutes after the hour. Children order half past times from midday to 7 in the evening.
Group Activities
Use the ‘Time Challenge’ in-depth problem-solving investigation below as today’s group activity.
Or, use these activities:
-- Order jumbled TV times and convert to analogue times.
-- Look at digital and analogue times and order them.

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With TA/Tutor

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Mental/Oral Maths Starters

Day 1
Count in steps of 1 hour (pre-requisite skills)

Day 2
Days of the week and months of the year (pre-requisite skills)

Suggested for Day 3
Days of the week (simmering skills)


Day 1
Work out the month(s) represented in the picture; answer questions about months of the year.
Mark the children’s lists of months. Are they in the correct order?

Day 2
Suggest the time unit different activities would be measured in. Draw clock hands and order times.

Day 3
Order a mixture of analogue and digital times, noting what you would be doing at those times of the day.

Mastery: Reasoning and Problem-Solving

  • Write these 4 months in the order they come in the year: July – April – December – February
    Write the initial of the season (e.g. W for winter) for each month beside it.
  • What unit of time would be used to measure how long it takes to…?
    (a) Read a picture book
    (b) Jump up and down 3 times
    (c) Wait for your next birthday
    (d) Run the length of the playground
    (e) Become a teenager
  • How many minutes from..?
    (a) 10:30 to 11 o’clock?
    (b) 3 o’clock to half past 3?
    (c) 12:30 to 1 o’clock?

In-depth Investigation: Time Challenge
Children use time vocabulary to write times on analogue clocks.