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Telling the time


Telling the time

What to do with this activity?

It's a good idea to have a traditional round-faced clock somewhere in your home to help your child learn to read the clock. Look at the clock together as part of your normal daily routine.

Talk about the time for different things your child does - “It’s half past eight, time for school”. Talk about hours, minutes and seconds. Challenge them to get dressed in under a minute, and count out loud in seconds. Give them fifteen minutes to complete a task. Have fun with time.  Learn more about telling the time at the link Wikihow.

If your eight or nine year old is reasonably confident in telling the time from a clock face, here is a good game to play.

Have a look at digital clock too - point out which is the hour display, and which is the minutes display. Explain the difference between a 12 hour and a 24 clock. Instead of morning (am) or afternoon (pm) times, the hours are counted up after midday (12) until midnight (24).  


  • Why am I doing this?

    Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.

  • How can I do more?

    Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
    Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing. 

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