Short Blocks

Maths Year 1/2 Autumn Time

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

Unit 1 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?

Worksheets

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

Y1

  • 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

Y2

  • 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 nrich.maths.org.

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

Unit 2 Understand units of time (suggested as 2 days)

Planning and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Show a clock with a second hand. Count in seconds, first with the clock, then without it. Children say when they think 15 seconds, and then 30 seconds has passed.
Further Teaching with Y1
Use ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ to revise the days of the week. Rehearse the order of the days.
Group Activities
Y1 -- Order ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ days of the week.
Y2 -- Time activities for 15 or 30 seconds.

Day 2 Teaching
Draw a 1 × 12 grid. Write the months in order. Note children’s birthdays. Rehearse the months’ sequence.
Further Teaching with Y2
Use a minute sand timer to time the children standing up and sitting down in sequence. Rehearse numbers of seconds in a minute and minutes in an hour.
Group Activities
Use the in-depth problem-solving investigation for this unit – Calendar (in Activity Set C) from NCETM – as today’s group activity.
Or use the activities below.
Y1 -- Play a game/ sing song to learn the order of the months of the year.
Use the in-depth problem-solving investigation for this unit – Order, order! from NRICH – as today’s group activity.
Or use the activities below.
Y2 -- Estimate and time activities for 1 minute.

You Will Need

  • Large stop clock/clock with a second hand
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Large sheet of paper and pens
  • ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’: picture/ days of the week cards (see resources)
  • ‘Timing events’ recording sheet (see resources)
  • Cubes or blocks for building
  • Stopwatches, 1-minute sand timers
  • Flipchart and pens
  • Months of the year cards (see resources)
  • Additional activity sheets (see resources)
  • 1–6 dice

Mastery: Reasoning and Problem-Solving

Y1

  • Write the missing day from Sam’s list:
    Wednesday
    Friday
    Monday
    Saturday
    Tuesday
    Sunday
  • True or false?
    June comes after July
    4 months in a row end with ‘__ber’
    March is in spring
    Summer is the season after winter
    December is after January

Y2

  • How many times can you write your whole name (all parts!) in one minute? Estimate; then try.
  • Complete each sentence:
    ☐ seconds = 1 minute
    60 minutes = 1 ☐
    ☐ hours = 1 day
    7 ☐ = 1 week
  • Estimate…How many minutes until playtime?

Y1: In-depth Investigation: Calendar (in ‘Activity Set C’)
Display a calendar; ask the children to write their name in their birthday month. Ask questions… Calendar (in 'Activity Set C') from nrich.org.uk.

Y2 In-depth Investigation: Order, Order!
Can you place quantities in order from smallest to largest? Order, Order! from nrich.maths.org.

Extra Support

Y1
Snap
Do you know the order of the days of the week? Snap from nrich.maths.org.

Calendar Sorting
The pages of my calendar have got mixed up. Can you sort them out? Calendar Sorting from nrich.maths.org

Y2
Complete the ‘Working towards’ Day 1 Group Activity.