Steps for Learning to Telling the Time Use this handy to guide to help your child learn to tell the time.

  1. Hang an analogue clock in a prominent location.
  2. Talk about the hour. Ask what number the little hand is pointing to. This creates an awareness of the importance of that little hand to identifying the hour. You don't need to talk about minutes at this point, just focus on the hours.
  3. Make a paper clock. You can print one out from many websites. Use a brass fastener to assemble the hands. This will give your child an easy way to use clock without you having to buy a teaching clock.
  4. Start to talk about the minutes and adjust your clock for learning the minutes. Add small sticky notes to your clocks with the minutes in five-minute intervals on them.
  5. Read the half hours. The first thing your child need to know is how to read half hours and hours. Don't talk about all the numbers, just the 6 and the 12. It's either the top of the hour or the bottom. They should know that the 6 is half past and the 12 is o’clock.
  6. Add in the quarters. Next, add in the 3 and the 9 and explain that the minutes that go along with them. Talk about quarter to and quarter past.
  7. Finally, talk about the rest of the minutes. Start in 5 minute intervals before reading the time to the nearest minute. 8. It is okay to estimate. To begin with it doesn't have to be 7 minutes past 2, it can be nearly 10 past 2.

Once the children can tell the time then we start looking at time intervals, digital time, a.m. and p.m. and 24-hour time. Useful links:

Oxford Owl - Telling the time

BBC Bitesize Website

Third Space Website

Year 4 Curriculum Letters