Short Blocks

Maths Year 1/2 Autumn Time

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

Tell time to half and quarter hours (suggested as 2 days)

Planning and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Show 8 o’clock on an analogue cloak. Count around the clock in hours, showing o’clock times.
Further Teaching with Y2
Display analogue and digital clocks. Show half hour times on both. Then introduce quarter hour times on both clocks.
Group Activities
Use the in-depth problem-solving investigation ‘Time Line’ from NRICH as today’s group activity.
Or, use these activities:
Y1 -- Play ‘What’s the time Mr. Wolf?’ using clocks.
Y2 -- Read and write equivalent times on analogue and digital clocks or play Time Bingo.

Day 2 Teaching
Give each child a circular piece of paper, folded into quarters. Match this to the clock face and demonstrate quarter past and quarter to.
Further Teaching with Y1
Use the same folded circles to reinforce half past the hour times. Match to clock faces.
Group Activities
Y1 -- Tell and make o’clock and half past times.
Y2 -- Read and write times to the quarter hour.

You Will Need

  • Geared analogue clocks: one large and multiple small
  • ITP: Tell the Time
  • Blank game board (see resources)
  • Counters
  • ‘Reading the time on analogue and digital clocks’ sheets 1 to 4 (see resources)
  • Time bingo boards 1 to 5 (see resources)
  • Additional activity sheets (see resources)
  • Circles of paper
  • Cubes

Short Mental Workouts

Day 1
Count in 5s

Day 2
Show me: What’s the time?


Day 1
Y1: Read times for Mr Wolf.
Y2: Telling the time.

Day 2
Y1: O’clock and half past times.
Y2: Reading the time in analogue and digital.

Mastery: Reasoning and Problem-Solving


  • If the hands are both pointing to the ‘top’ of the clock, what time is it?
  • Choose a time from the list for each event:

Going home from school7 o’clock
Going to bedhalf past 3
Getting up12 o’clock
Breakfast5 o’clock
Eating tea8 o’clock
Lunch7 o’clock


  • Using the circles (see download), draw the hour hand for each time: Quarter to 6, Half past 11, Quarter past 4, 3 o’clock.
  • Write the missing digits on the digital displays.
    Quarter past 4 is 0 4: ☐ ☐
    Half past 6 is 0 6: ☐ ☐
    Quarter to ☐ is 08:45.

Y1: In-depth Investigation: Time Line
Describe what Emma might be doing from these pictures of clocks which show important times in her day. Time Line from

Y2: Time Bingo
Play Time Bingo, a Day 1 Group Activity.

Extra Support

Y1: Tick Tock O’clock
Sequencing numbers 1-12 on a clock face and reading and showing o’clock times on an analogue clock face

Y2: Time Triples
Telling the time to the hour on analogue and digital clocks