Teaching and Group Activities for Understanding
Day 1 Teaching
Rehearse the correct order of the days of the week, chanting these together. Write the days out on the table, recording key events on each day. Give 12 children a month card and stand them in a line; rest of class ‘arrange’ them into order. Remind children of different mnemonics.
-- Make a poster about one of the months of the year, highlighting key events.
-- Make up clues for specific days of the week that relate them to other days and their position within the week.
Day 2 Teaching
Show 4 Hamilton clocks showing times 2 o’clock, half past 4, quarter to 3 and quarter past 3. Remind children that when the long/minute hand is in the pink it is a ‘past’ time, when it is in the blue it is a ‘to’ time. Rehearse different ‘pink past’ and ‘blue to’ times, recording these on analogue clocks.
-- Read times shown on clocks and put them in order.
-- Show times on a clock that are quarter of an hour later or earlier than the time being shown.
Day 3 Teaching
Display Hamilton clock on IWB. Discuss how there are 60 minutes in 1 hour, and 30 minutes in half an hour. Let’s count round the clock in 5s to check. Point from 12 to 1 to 2 and so on as you count in steps of 5 minutes to 30 then on round. Remind children of quarter past/half past/quarter to.
Use the in-depth problem-solving investigation ‘Stop the Clock’ from NRICH as today’s group activity.
Or, use these activities:
-- Make times on a clock and challenge a partner to make the same time.
-- Play a modified game of ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’, telling the time on the clock face.