Short Blocks

Maths Year 3 Spring Time

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

Tell the time to nearest minute (suggested as 2 days)

Planning and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Use 2 children to create a human digital clock. Match quarter past, half past and quarter to, to analogue clock times. Then show times at 5 minute intervals and match digital and analogue. Read times in both forms in unison.
Group Activities
-- Read and express times on analogue clocks and digital clocks.

Day 2 Teaching
Launch the ITP Tell the Time and show 1/2 past 9 on the analogue clock. Choose time increment of 5 mins and press + repeatedly until 10 o’clock. Repeat with increment of 1 minute and show times until 10 past 10. Hide analogue clock and show digital. Show times on this.
Group Activities

Use the ‘Mirror Times’ in-depth problem-solving investigation below as today’s group activity.
Or, use these activities:
-- Play Time Bingo.
-- Order times on analogue and digital clocks.

You Will Need

  • Flipchart and digit cards 0 to 9
  • Large geared analogue clock
  • Analogue clocks and digital clock
  • Mini-whiteboards
  • ITP: Tell the Time
  • Scissors and counters
  • Time Bingo (see resources)

Mental/Oral Maths Starters

Day 1
Tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes (pre-requisite skills)

Day 2
Convert times on analogue clocks to digital clock times (pre-requisite skills)


Day 1
Draw corresponding analogue clock times for given digital clocks, and vice versa.

Day 2
Match analogue clock times to digital clock times, and vice-versa.

Mastery: Reasoning and Problem-Solving

  • Draw lines to match the times which are the same.
    4:50 half past 3
    12:15 20 past 6
    2:35 10 to 5
    6:20 quarter past 12
    3:30 25 to 3
  • Write 3 ‘quarter to’ times on digital clocks. Say what you would be doing at each time.
  • Draw hands on clocks to show:
    3:10 3:20 3:30 3:40 3:50
    What would the next time in the sequence be?

In-depth Investigation: Mirror Times
Children use mirrors and analogue clocks. They record pairs of times using digital format.

Extra Support

Snap O'clock
Telling the time to the quarter hour on analogue and digital clocks