Short Blocks

Maths Year 2 Spring Time

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

Units of time and telling the time (suggested as 3 days)

Planning and Activities

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.
Group activities
-- 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.

Group activities
-- 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.
Group activities
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.

You Will Need

  • ‘Days of the week table’ (see resources)
  • ‘Months of the year’ cards (see resources)
  • ‘Days of the week’ cards (see resources)
  • ‘Put these afternoon times in order’ sheet (see resources)
  • Large geared clock
  • Small geared clocks
  • ‘Ordering times’ sheets 1 and 2 (see resources)
  • ‘Hamilton clock’ (see resources)

Mental/Oral Maths Starters

Day 1
Days of the week (pre-requisite skills)

Day 2
Tell the time to the 1/4 hour (pre-requisite skills)

Day 3
Count in 5s (pre-requisite skills)


Day 1
Quiz questions about days of the week and months of the year.

Day 2
Write and order analogue clock times.

Day 3
Draw the hands on blank clock faces to show what the time is.

Mastery: Reasoning and Problem-Solving

  • Complete each sentence:
    [___] seconds = 1 minute
    60 minutes = 1 [______]
    [___] hours = 1 day
    7 [______] = 1 week
  • Fill in the missing months:
    January, February, [______], April, [_____], [_______], July, [_________], [_________], October, [_________], December.
  • Write the month when each event occurs:
    Your birthday
    School breaks up for summer
    School starts after summer
    Guy Fawkes night
  • Draw hands on clock faces to show these times:
    Quarter to 4
    Ten past 7
    Five to 8
    Quarter past 12
    Ten to 2

In-depth Investigation: Stop the Clock

Play a game in pairs adding increments of half an hour or one hour to see who can reach the target time. Stop the Clock from

Extra Support

Time loop
Telling the time to the half hour on analogue and digital clocks.